the ‘umbro world champions collection’ are seven new limited edition football shirts,
released this week that honour the teams who have won the FIFA world cup previously.
each ‘tailored by umbro’ shirt bears a crest designed by an artist from that country.
the advertising campaign for the collection, was shot by rankin and features the wives
and girlfriends of footballers from the national teams. designboom recently spoke to umbro
and the artists involved…
italy by tanino liberatore
‘the raw passion and intensity of the italian nation is captured in liberatore’s powerful
representation of player as gladiator. each game is a battle; each pitch a monumental arena.
the four stars of success encircle a lust for victory that characterises italy’s approach
to football.’ umbro
‘the beauty of drawing is that people don’t need any translation to understand it.
I’m ‘contaminated’ by my political and cultural background and I think it’s positive.
we cannot forget the moral value of our historical past that is never out-of-date.
in my crest, I‘ve tried to condense all the symbols that italy still has especially (I hope)
in the sport, strong-mindedness, obstinacy and stoicism… I’ve tried to diffuse sport’s
positive message.’ tanino liberatore
some of liberatore’s development drawings for the italy crest.
brazil by fernando chamarelli
‘in the middle of the crest there is a player, like he was dancing, light, ready to kick the ball
on the volley, this represents that the ability of players is the strongest characteristic of
the brazilian team.
I put the player in conjunction with other elements of brazilian culture as the berimbau,
the carnival masks, the monument of cristo redentor, and the waves – because football
is also part of our culture. all brazilian boys dream of becoming a professional player.
we love football.’ fernando chamarelli
some of chamarelli’s sketches. the outline of the crest forms a ‘canarinho’ — ‘little canary’,
which is the nickname of the brazilian team.
germany by marok
‘I like the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. sports is the best metaphor to avoid war.
the crest is a delicate part of the uniform, and the uniform enhances team spirit.
I was looking for something that could reflect my country in a positive way.
the dredger is a symbol for the imminent will to construct and destruct. the stars refer
to the german world cup triumphs, and the sausage needs no further explanation!’ marok
argentina by zzk records / freshcore
‘the design represents passion, love, craziness (the words that feature in the surrounding wreath)
emotion, the argentinian street scene, the two world cups argentina have won.
daily life, social life, sports, passion, love, spirit, energy. the message is ‘GOAL!’
grant of ZZK records
uruguay by martin albornoz
the crest is based in the most important achievement of uruguayan football, the final of 1950
world cup final, in rio de janeiro, against brasil. it is an unforgettable memory in uruguay history.
the main element is the typography, hand made, authentic, a mix of shapes and sizes,
with imperfections. that’s the way uruguay is, and its people. and that’s how I represent with
the stroke. it’s a personal interpretation of our idiosyncrasy.
the message = that match in 1950 is known as ‘el maracanazo’. a ‘before and after’ in uruguayan
and brasilian football. it was the last match that brasilian team played with white t shirt, they had
all the celebrations prepared, it was a unique moment in which a complete stadium remained in silence,
it was an opportunity where uruguay showed to the world that a small country can beat a bigger one.’
some of the alternative proposals for the uruaguay crest by albornoz.
england by ben eine
‘embracing the tradition of english regal crests, the lions and ramparts tell a story of strength,
courage, and pride. the insignia on the the shield references english alternative and creative culture,
making eine’s crest an irreverent celebration of england: steeped in heritage but never staid.’ umbro
‘football crests are the logo, the brand, the identity, the thing that never changes. the kit gets
redesigned every few years, and player’s names come and go, but the crest never changes.
they mark a time in history when the club started out. I’m not a massive football fan. I don’t have
a team that I follow, but like most of my friends, we all become armchair fanatics every four years.
I wanted to do something very traditional, something regal from the days of shining knights
and tudor roses. I wanted to show england as a strong, solid and brave team’. ben eine
france by andre
‘andre’s playful approach to the crest combines bright, vivacious colour with a key icon
of french identity. nothing is static; everything is alive and active as the ball of the sport
and the star of victory bounce within the lines.’ umbro
‘umbro represents a classic brand, and I always like to design crests and logos.
what do I like about football? I like the round ball. french symbols and the colours of the
flag inspired my design, and sometimes I’m inspired by football’s culture and aesthetic.
a shirt without a crest is like a woman with no ––—’ andre
the wives and girlfriends of seven international football stars have been shot by photographer rankin
for the global advertising campaign to promote umbro’s new world champions collection.
the image rankin produced is based on an campaign run by umbro in 1967, which featured girls wearing
football shirts as dresses. for 2010, the campaign has been brought up to date.
(left to right) italy: alice bregoli, brazil : susana werner, germany: julia godicke.
you can see videos from the campaign photo shoot here.
(L to R) argentina: luli fernandez, uruguay: zaira nara, england: abbey clancy,
france: charlene suric.
the 1967 umbro ad which inspired the world champions collection campaign.
all images courtesy of umbro