Football is central to a number of people’s lives around the word. It is an escape for some from the monotony of workaday lives, to others, their lives are built around it as they dedicate themselves to teams and players over years of dedication to the game. It is a game that has enthralled and captured many minds through its magical moments and sometimes utterly unbelievable unpredictability that writes storylines that no one could sitting behind a desk.
The most remembered footballing memories don’t always come from it’s best moments, sometimes it’s when the game is at it’s lowest point that the incredible scenes burn themselves in your memory. Nonetheless, they’re a part of the game and most fans would not have it any other way.
Award-winning photographer George Logan, had the inspiration to recreate some of football’s most infamous moments in collaboration with Barcroft TV. In his project titled ‘Football’s Bad Boys’, the London-based Scottish Glasgow Rangers supporter with the help of some children recaptured the essence of these iconic moments when footballers showed their less sporting sides, sometimes comically other times with poor consequences.
The project aimed to highlight the nature of role models the game is providing to children in the contemporary era as they follow the game closely and could be greatly influenced by some of it’s biggest players. Logan told Barcroft TV: “We wanted to create a series of photographs which highlighted whether a game which is more and more obsessed with giant salaries and celebrity lifestyles, is still creating the right role models for Britain’s youth.
“The kids had a brilliant day together kicking balls about in the sun. They knew the players and teams involved even if most of the incidents were before their time.”
On his work, he also added: “I always try to work on personal projects that incorporate other interests in my life. I shoot lots of wildlife photography but also love sport and especially football.”
Here is the result of Logan’s project:
Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’
The 1986 World Cup saw Argentina win the coveted trophy for the second time in their history. It was a campaign of which Diego Maradona was the star as he many times single-handedly turned the tide in favour of La Albiceleste. The most recalled moment of the whole event though was not one that showed the magician in the best light.
In the quarter-final clash against England, Maradona scored two goals, the second was nicknamed ‘Goal of the Century’ as the Argentine beat 6 players on his way to nearly dribble the ball into the net.
The most talked about is the infamous first goal, more popularly referred to as the ‘Hand of God’. As the ball was lobbed into the box, Maradona guided the ball past the England goalkeeper Peter Shilton using his left hand to do so but the officials failed to spot the irregularity and the goal stood. Argentina would go on to become champions and Maradona would win the Golden Ball but the tournament will always bring back images of this infamous footballing moment.