Brazil 4 vs 1 Cameroon
While watching the opening match of the 2014 world cup in Brazil, I decided to make a cartoon of the match. It was just a quick sketch and a lot of fun, so I did it again for the next match - and the next match - and the next. In the blink of an eye, it became a mission to draw a cartoon for every match of the tournament. With the world cup coming up in Russia this year, I revisited the project and realised there were still 6 matches unfinished. Unfinished business.
The first match on the list is Brazil versus Cameroon, which Brazil won 4-1.
There was a lot of pressure on Neymar in this tournament, and he responded in style with a brace to lead Brazil into the next knockout rounds. Remakably, despite carrying the weight of a nation, he played with the ease and joy of a boy at the park.
In a nice piece of numerical symmetry, it was Brazils 100th world cup match, and Neymars goal was the 100th scored in the 2014 tournament. Obviously it all went a bit wrong for Brazil in the semi finals, but absent with a fractured vertebrae, Neymar has not been tarnished with that brush.
The colourful trail is inspired by the work of Fernando Chamarelli, a Brazilian artist who is in turn influence by 'Brazilian popular culture and pre-Columbian indigenous art'. He also worked on this super collaboration with Umbro.
Looking forward to see what he'll produce this year in Russia, but for the moment, we can enjoy his carefree play in this collection of his 2014 world cup highlights.