“I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art”
– Arsene Wenger
Football is not just an effort to put a ball into the net. It has an aesthetic dimension—it becomes more than game, but an art. If it was any less than that, would we really still be complaining about ‘boring football’ and Tony Pulis?
Even as a Tottenham fan, I can admit artistry can even be picked up on in Arsenal’s style of play. Whilst walking the ball into the back of the net after passing through every member of the team isn’t always the best strategy for winning a game, I can’t deny it’s beauty.
However, this creativity not only happens on the field of play, it also takes place inside a sprinkling of minds on the terraces. These minds help highlight the art within football with art. Following on from last year’s exhibition in Norwich, Patterns of Play are hosting another exhibition of football art and design this Summer. This time it’s in London and this time it’s all about the Euros.
The ‘Group Stage’ exhibition will take place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th June, coinciding with the opening weekend of Euro 2016. A brand new series of artwork will be on dis- play, celebrating the heritage of European Championship football including tributes to the players, nations, history, culture and iconic moments of Euro tournaments past and present.
Find out more information on the event here: www.patternsofplay.co.uk/groupstage/