Pinboard: United Scrapbook

Manchester United 68

 

Manchester United won the Premiership! No; as a United supporter, I’m not hiding my happiness. However, I didn’t come here just to jump and wave my flag on your faces. In fact, as you can see, that picture is not even recent (unless you’re Doctor Who).

Now, the thing is, I know many pinners will jump on the United bandwagon, create boards for the Devils, and pin two or three pictures of Robin van Persie. Now, I have nothing against the prodigious Dutchman (thank you, thank you Wenger) but, in the midst of so many simple United boards, it’s a pleasure to find a board with great pictures, such as this one you are seeing (which, by the way, it’s United on 68, after winning the Europan Cup).

Yet, Warren Elliott does exactly that. In his massive United Scrapbook board, you will find pictures ranging from the 60’s, such as this one, a historical Sir Bobby injured and resting on an hospital bed after the Munich Air Disaster, and a young-ish Sir Alex at his desk. If you keep scrolling, you will find pins of EVERY SINGLE ONE of Ryan Giggs’ trading cards, from 93 to this present day. Believe me, unless you hate Giggsy with a passion, it’s interesting and even fun to see how the Welshman has lost his curly hair and gained wrinkles. And then, there’s a young Cristiano Ronaldo joining the club, before anyone thought he would look good shirtless. Making a long story short, we get to today.

But now, I’m going to show you my favorite pin of the board. I know, you may love it or hate it (and me) but you have to agree it’s BLOODY EPIC. With you… Piero della Francesca’s Cantona.

cantona painting

 

United, Champ20ns, here.

Pinboard: Old School Football

derby county 1884

 

 

Old school and vintage are the new “in fashion”. Yet, I doubt anyone would want to wear one of those vintage football kits from Derby County, the ones in the picture. But the pic’s cool, right? Well, if you liked it, this is what you will find in the pinboard “Old school football” by James Gowans.

This pinboard is great for the reason that it is truly a historical archive. Sure, you might find some familiar faces around the pictures, such as PelĂ©, Oliver Kahn, a young Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Beardsley; but there are also some true jewels. With this pinboard, you can go as far back as the 1920’s, the 1910’s… even the 19th century, as we can see in the previous picture… or, even further back in time.

So, what are you waiting for? Every football fan enjoys a history lesson even if you don’t support Liverpool! And, anyways, here’s something that I know will fascinate everyone as much as it did me and will make you click the link:

 

oldest football

 

The world’s oldest football, dated 1497, found in Mary, Queen of Scots’ bedchamber. Apparently, it’s now a part of the Scottish Football Museum. And you can admire it here in this pinboard! Come on! What else do you need?

 

Go old school here.

Pinboard: AS Roma Hall of Fame

 

AS Roma’s Hall of Fame sounds like something nice, right? They deserve an award already, because they were the first European team to start using Pinterest. No, my last post said Liverpool were the first Premier League team, but not the first European one. Let’s leave the honor to the Romanistas, ok?

So, what can we find at Roma’s pinboards? They have merchandise, of course, neatly arranged in different pinboards, separating men’s from women’s for children’s and accesories. They also have their fan boards, and, of course, cakes, because Pinterest’s all about cakes, right? In fact, if you’re not interested in football, there’s also a pinboard dedicated to the attractions you can find in the city of Rome. Or a pinboard dedicated to what fans like in Pinterest, which ends up being filled not with football, but pets.

Yet, this pinboard offers something nice. In it, fans can vote for people who deserve to be at the team’s hall of fame. I say people because it’s not limited to players–there’s even a chance to vote for their greatest supporter, Valeria Folcarelli, now deceased.

That’s only an example of what you’ll find–legends. The pictures are truly exclusive. You can look at players from the first decade of the 1900’s–the best part, you don’t have to ask who they are. Captions are perfectly explanatory. They are history lessons, and become fascinating when you read the lives of players at Roma.

A teaser? Carlo Ancelotti, as a player. A legend in Roma before… money.

 

This way to the Hall of Fame.

Pinboard: Liverpool Unseen

Unseen Liverpool images are, perhaps, a must for the official Liverpool FC Pinterest account. They are a team with history, and, until recently, the squad with the most Premier League titles. Now they cannot beat their rivals at the League, but they have indeed beat them to Pinterest.

But anyways… so what do they have to offer besides squad shots? It seems that a lot. Their pinboards start from what a team offers to its supporters and what they offer back: merchandise (including kits), fan art, and fan pictures. Which are things you can find at any sports or fan site. There are pinboards dedicated to heroes too (and it’s an insult that Luis Suarez has his own pinboard while Steven Gerrard doesn’t). In fact, there are some unexpected boards, like one dedicated to cakes or another one dedicated to Miss LFC China (you think I’m joking, don’t you?).

The Liverpool pinboards may start getting a bit ridiculous, yes; but “Unseen” never loses its style. There are genuine jewels there. One is a 1947 picture of the players at a hotel, before an FA Cup semi-final. There is also a picture of Mandela wearing a Liverpool shirt. Or one of Bob Paisley carrying Emlyn Hughes. These pictures are still hard to find, even for a Liverpool fan. And, most of all, they are interesting and fun to look at. The only setback is that they should improve their footnotes and give more information about the pictures.

Here’s a teaser for the pinboard. Actual players when they were young (er). What do you think of this one, Liverpool fans?

Click here to see what Liverpool has left unseen.