Classic Images Thread

Discussion in 'Soccer History' started by Sempre, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    Italy
    The great players have a certain 'silhouette', a certain posture as
    they handle the ball, run, score a goal.

    I think it would be nice to have a thread for such images, a thread
    capturing these classic images of great players. I don't mean their
    goal celebrations, I mean their unique playing demeanors, caught
    in media res, on the field.

    I'll start with Maradona, and I hope others will add more photos. It is
    not easy to find the perfectly iconic image though.

    Maradona:

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    This is pure Diego for me: the chest swollen in pride, the stocky figure,
    the look of wild concentration, bursting forward, ball ready to be played
    with the left foot.
     
  2. Real Ray

    Real Ray Member

    May 1, 2000
    Cincinnati, OH
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Country:
    United States
    :eek: The Dutch boys on Big Soccer are going to kill me, but...

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    When I think of Johan Cruijff, the first image is of him pointing his fingers, giving directions and talking/yelling. There are other images of him that show his athletic prowess, but if we are honest, if you were painting a collage of him an image like this would be prominent in the piece.
     
  3. Real Ray

    Real Ray Member

    May 1, 2000
    Cincinnati, OH
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Country:
    United States
  4. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Country:
    Argentina
    This picture of Florian Albert is one of my favorites.

    I think if we were to believe in the existence of Plato's world of forms, and we were to look for the perfect form which defines the meaning of 'striker', this is exactly what we would find.

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  5. Ombak

    Ombak Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 19, 1999
    Irvine, CA
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Country:
    Brazil
    Come on. No Pelé yet? Or is it heresy to post images of God himself? :p

    The perfect bicycle kick:
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    Pelé & Moore:
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  6. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Enough of the style, let's go for some substance.

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    Simply put, don't mess with Dave Mackay.

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    You don't get much closer to actually wearing your heart on your sleave.
     
  7. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    A couple of Sir Stanley Matthews in full flight.

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  8. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Gordon Banks

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  9. Mr. Bee

    Mr. Bee New Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Buzzing Around
    Club:
    Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Country:
    United States
    Difficult to get good pictures... but this (or something like this) would be the iconic image of Johnny Haynes - best passer of the ball that England (and among the best the world) has ever seen.

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  10. Bertje

    Bertje New Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    Leiden
    I like this one better:

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    He hasn't even gotten onto the pitch yet, but he's started already. That's my hero!
     
  11. Bertje

    Bertje New Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    Leiden
    Van Basten:

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    How surprising, he scored a goal.

    Rensenbrink:

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    Het 'slangenmens' dribbled past yet another player.

    Bergkamp:

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    Where his goals come from.
     
  12. Sempre

    Sempre ****************** Member+

    Mar 4, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    Italy
    Baggio in motion:

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    This is how I think of him, feet close together, a small, elusive figure,
    shifting left and right like a top through the penalty area, seducing
    defenses with his feints and turns.
     
  13. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    Tom Finney

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  14. lanman

    lanman BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 30, 2002
    The Charlton brothers

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    Is that some blood on Jackie's sleeve? Surely not!
     
  15. Cassano

    Cassano Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
    That's always been Baggio's 'stance':

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  16. Cassano

    Cassano Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
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    Maldini takes one of his galloping runs down the left flank.
     
  17. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Country:
    Argentina
    I love this picture of Maradona, from the 86 WC final match.

    Forster and Schumacher, two all-time great German players, almost collide as they dive at his feet, and we see another fallen German player in the background, as well as several from both teams standing around watching from a distance.

    I think this picture exemplifies as well as any the dominance of Maradona during that World Cup.


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    ko242 repped this.
  18. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Club:
    CA Boca Juniors
    Country:
    Argentina
    Here is one of Garrincha dribbling. Look at the expression on his face, and at his extended arms. Here's a player who used every trick in the book to fake out his opponents.

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  19. Real Ray

    Real Ray Member

    May 1, 2000
    Cincinnati, OH
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Country:
    United States
    These are two favorites of mine:
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    That's Nat Lofthouse after the 1958 FA Cup. There sooo much in this photo that defines the era-the pint glass, the cigarette, the scar, his hands-it ranks among my top 5 photos.


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    That's Liverpool's Tommy Smith. And I think it captures the two sides of his personality. Theres the smile-the guy who's giving the needle and taking the piss in training. But there's also something ominous as well; "yeah it's fun and games, but don't f_*k with me!"
     
  20. Ombak

    Ombak Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 19, 1999
    Irvine, CA
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Country:
    Brazil
    Ahhh, Garrincha.

    vs. two Czech João's
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    hitting the brakes
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    typical Brazil 1958 - Garrincha down the right, hits a powerful cross which Vavá knocks in. This one against Sweden (Brazil in blue)
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  21. Ombak

    Ombak Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 19, 1999
    Irvine, CA
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Country:
    Brazil
    Pelé cries on Didi's shoulder after fulfilling his promise to his father o winning a World Cup for Brazil
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  22. ChaChaFut

    ChaChaFut Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Ferenc Puskas, Europe's whip

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  23. Real Ray

    Real Ray Member

    May 1, 2000
    Cincinnati, OH
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Country:
    United States
    Sometimes it's off the pitch where a team's true character comes through the lens...

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    This is Real Madrid in Paris the day before the first European Cup. Look at these guys-Di Stefano is like Sinatra leading the Rat Pack! The recent Galacticos, having nothing on these boys. Confidence, swagger-it's all there.

    Football & Politics via Socrates

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  24. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
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    This picture literally defines George Best. The rough edges and 'dark side' of him in the mud on his legs and hairy nature, the grace and skill he had with how the ball just seems frozen dead, despite the fact he is running at a fair pace, how the Man United team was at times Best + 10 by the time this photo was taken, and the general free spirited style with which he played the game, which is evident in his body language. This is how Georgie often held his stance (much like the Baggio & Maradona pictures above), and the picture really just is the embodiment of George Best.
     
  25. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
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    Again, this picture sums up the player it shows brilliantly. In it, you can see Cantona's unique and eccentric swagger and arrogance (most notably in the collar), as he doesn't look like a player on the field of play, but rather somebody just strutting around their home. The captain's armband lets you know just how inportant Eric was to Manchester United at the time, leading from the front. He even seems to be walking with grace and style, but also has that not-to-be-messed-with look about him, and a powerful build to back it up. On top of that, the sheer visibility of his name and number let you know immediately who Cantona was, because during his time at Manchester United you could literally sit somebody who had never watched football in their lives in front of the screen, turn off the commentary and have them know who Cantona was inside 20 minutes of play.
     

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