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These Abstract World Cup Posters Commemorate the Greats

It's difficult justifying sports posters in your adult apartment without appearing like a man-child who won't let go of college or high school or gosh, elementary school. But Australian graphic designer Nick Barclay found a way to do just that, capturing the glory of soccer with these minimalist prints. Each of the six pays tribute to a different historic World Cup moment in an abstract style, befitting of your big boy walls.

Hurst 1966
Geoff Hurst of England scored three goals in the championship game versus West Germany, the only man to this day to score a hat trick in a World Cup final. (England won 4-2.) England's third goal, however, remains controversial to this day, as it's up for debate as to whether the ball actually crossed the goal line. Feel free to judge for yourself.

Maradona 1986
In a particularly intense quarterfinals game between Argentina and England (this was only four years following the Falklands War), Diego Maradona scored two goals which have gone down as the most famous in history. The first, and arguably most famous of the two, is the Hand of God goal, in which he scored—and spurred much controversy—with his hand. In a press conference following the game he sarcastically mentioned it was done with God's help, thus the name.

Klinsmann 1990
Considered one of the most epic soccer dives ever, Germany's Jurgen Klinsmann caught some seriously theatrical air as he tripped over Argentina's Pedro Monzon and writhed in pain on the ground. The stunt caused Monzon a red card and earned him bragging rights (or something) as the first player ever to be sent off in a World Cup final.

Baggio 1994
Italy's Roberto Baggio scored five goals in the World Cup that year, but he's largely remembered for missing a critical penalty shot in the final against Brazil, who won the tourney. 

Blanc 1998
France's Laurent Blanc was responsible for the first ever "golden goal" (aka, sudden death) in World Cup history, a round-of-16-match against Paraguay.

Ronaldinho 2002
In his first World Cup appearance, Ronaldinho led Brazil to the finals as part of a powerful offensive trio, though he's perhaps best remembered for the goal against England in the quarterfinals, which he scored with an epic free kick from 40 yards out.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. If he were in Sao Paulo right now he'd be riding around in one of these.