Soccer, football, futbol, 축구, futebol, calcio, كرة القدم, voetbal, nogomet, футбол.... no matter how you spell it 'the beautiful game' is the same in any language. It has been a lifelong passion and not only do I enjoy the game but the associated culture that supports it.
Part of that culture includes the use of scarves as a means to demonstrate support for your club or country, first used in their present context round about the turn of the 20th century in the United Kingdom. While initially used to keep out the damp and cold while watching matches from the terraces they came to incorporate designs and colors associated with a particular club, initially striped or "barred." Over the years designs have evolved to become more complex and elaborate, incorporating club or national crests, the name of the team, specific slogans and even likenesses of favorite players.
What was once a simple necessity to keep warm has since evolved into something more, tradition.
I started designing soccer scarves almost ten years ago and have been fortunate to see a good number of them (see above) produced and worn at matches around the world from Major League Soccer (MLS) to the FIFA World Cup. Its my goal to make every scarf unique and when conceptualizing designs I try to incorporate elements that, while consistent with the club or country they're designed for, stand on their own as individual expressions of support.
To that end I am again working up designs for the FIFA Word Cup to be hosted by Brazil in 2014, primarily one for supporters of the United States Men's National Team who'll be competing against Germany, Ghana, and Portugal.
The above design reflects my design philosophy in that both the team and the event serve to inform its symbolism and identity. For purposes of the scarf above this is evidenced in any number of ways. The primary (front) design incorporates stylized 'USA' crests that feature 10 stars, one for each World Cup Finals that the U.S. has participated in. Between these crests is the phrase "We are the Yanks," a means of self-identification that is also part of a traditional chant used by U.S. supporters. In background as a means to provide a measure of contrast are the opening words of the U.S. Constitution, "We The People" serving as an appropriate way to describe the expanding community of American soccer supporters. The secondary (reverse) design features the primary phrase “A alma do jogo bonito está no curacao do povo," which effectively translates from Portuguese as 'the soul of the game lies in the heart of the people.' This overlays a background featuring a silhouette of a pick-up soccer game on Ipanema Beach in Rio with the iconic Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) mountains in the background. Finally the motif of the blue disc and national motto from Brazil's flag is stylized as a setting sun in the background.
While the above design has sold out completely I have decided to do a limited run of a second design. Only 50 of the design below were made.
The front design again incorporates stylized 'USA' crests that feature 10 stars, one for each World Cup Finals that the U.S. has participated in. Between these crests is simple "United States." In background as a means to provide a measure of contrast is the primary component of the Brazilian national flag, a blue disc with stars featuring a band wrapping it with the national motto. On top is a list of the World Cup 2014 opponents for the U.S. in both Portuguese and English, while beneath is the phrase "Honor past heroes, create new ones." This draws a connection to the reverse of the scarf where the background features (in shadow) the names of the players who competed for the U.S. Men's National Team in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil where the U.S. famously won "the game of their lives" by beating England 1 - 0 by virtue of a goal by Joe Gaetjens. This is indirectly referenced in the top text by mentioning Belo Horizonte (where the historic match took place) and the host cities where the U.S. will play their first round matches. The primary design component on the reverse is a take on John Paul Jones' famous quote, the context of which you can read about here:&nbsp;http://www.history.navy.mil/trivia/trivia02a.htm.
THIS DESIGN HAS NOW SOLD OUT!