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Animated Histories of European Football
June 6, 2012 6:03 AM   Subscribe

In advance of Euro 2012, the Guardian has made animated histories of six of the competitors: England, Spain, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Germany and France. (Autoplay video in last six links.)
posted by hoyland (21 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Been watching these on the way to work in the morning. They are all really, really, great.
posted by josher71 at 6:06 AM on June 6, 2012


I wish James Richardson was my cool uncle. We could eat cakes.

The Spain one reaffirmed my contempt for Franco.
posted by kendrak at 6:20 AM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really wish I knew why I clicked on this expecting them to be history of the countries, rather than their teams. Still, if James Richardson wanted to narrate an animated history of the Reconquista I would watch that.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:51 AM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Go Ireland! But Germany will win.
posted by Brocktoon at 6:59 AM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


These are great.
posted by ob at 8:09 AM on June 6, 2012


I'm really waiting for the Netherlands. I just watched the 74 World Cup Final, and it was really something special. I also recently watched the 90 World Cup match between W. Germany and the Netherlands and it was the exact opposite. World Cup 90 was pretty bad, wasn't it?
posted by kendrak at 8:17 AM on June 6, 2012


These are so good, I wish they'd make one for every country.
posted by oddman at 8:56 AM on June 6, 2012


It's been 20 years, Denmark will take it again!

Oh who am I kidding, we won't even make it past the group stage. I hope Germany does well.
posted by sveskemus at 9:17 AM on June 6, 2012


That was great, thanks for sharing! And I will still be cheering for England even though I know it's hopeless...
posted by Vindaloo at 10:51 AM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


54, 74, 90, 2012...
posted by Seeba at 12:15 PM on June 6, 2012


"The Brazil of Eurovision" - love it. Will cling to that line after our trashing starts with Croatia this Sunday
posted by fallingbadgers at 12:47 PM on June 6, 2012


I clicked on this expecting them to be history of the countries, rather than their teams.

I know. Hope springs eternal.
posted by Twang at 1:23 PM on June 6, 2012


Hah! Just started with the English one, and wow, so well done! I loved the integration of drawing and animation, like when he draws the simple little tv and it immediately comes to life with static and images. Thanks for posting!
posted by lazaruslong at 2:38 PM on June 6, 2012


It's been 20 years, Denmark will take it again!

Don't remind me. You lot only got in because Yugoslavia got chucked out and you cost us the title that year...

I so hope we can get revenge for the botched Worldcup final in 2010 because we'd never been closer to the title, not even in '74 (bloody Germans) or '78 (bloody Argentines fixing the matches but we shouldn't have been there anyway and at least Cruijf had the good sense not to go.)
posted by MartinWisse at 2:51 PM on June 6, 2012


54, 74, 90, 2012...

They had better win, else the song will stop scanning.
posted by hoyland at 3:13 PM on June 6, 2012


How did you watch a match from 74?
posted by Brocktoon at 8:02 PM on June 6, 2012


Brocktoon, I stumbled upon it on Youtube. There are quite a few historic matches on there, like the sort of thuggish rematch between the Germans and the Dutch in the 1990 World Cup.

I need a new hobby.
posted by kendrak at 11:16 PM on June 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well I'd love a way to watch them on my TV. Not sure if the Wii supports YouTube though.
posted by Brocktoon at 7:26 AM on June 7, 2012


Football Weekly leads me to believe you can get these things on DVD. Admittedly, that would cost money, which is displeasing unless you have a desire to rewatch matches repeatedly.
posted by hoyland at 2:41 PM on June 7, 2012


Well there are certain games that are just great to rewatch. The MUFC Arsenal pizza game is one that I can think of off the top of my head.
posted by Brocktoon at 9:14 PM on June 7, 2012


There are several sites that specialize in old footy matches for DVDs or tape trade. (I know ESPN classic sometimes shows them as well.) MeMail me if you have questions.
posted by kendrak at 11:16 PM on June 7, 2012


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