The World Cup has seen some iconic footballs, from the Telstar at Mexico 1970 to the Fevernova at the 2002 World Cup and the swerving Jabulani in South Africa, 11 years ago. Whilst these footballs and their designs are associated with fond memories of the players, teams and tournaments, sometimes it’s the ball in your backyard that evokes the most nostalgic memories of childhood and falling in love with football. A plastic ’90s Tango with impossible trajectories has had such an effect on Andrea Dalla Barba, an Italian illustrator, graphic designer, and Parma-fan.
Celebrating his thirtieth year on the planet, Andrea has created an 80-page illustrated book, TRENTA, an incredible nostalgia-filled trip between the past, present and future. The limited-edition book is available to pre-order here. We speak to the man himself about the project: