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Smashing Soccer World Cup Murals

Pssst. Here’s how not to win at quiz night – have me in your team AND let me answer all the sports questions. For example, if you were to ask me in what year did Paraguay win the soccer world cup, I wouldn’t know that was a trick question. Given that the world cup is a little more than a week away, I had best brush up on my soccer trivia.

For the first time in its history, the FIFA World Cup will be played on African soil, and to celebrate this spectacle, ESPN has teamed up with American ad agency Wieden+Kennedy and local illustrators at Am I Collective to create a set of colourful murals for each of the 32 teams that will be participating. The artwork is done in a style similar to the art found on our streets and hand-painted movie posters one sees around West Africa. Each mural tells of the culture and soccer history the nation and is quite well done, although I wonder how the Australians will take to their team being represented by a manimal who looks dead keen to box the corner flag. In any case, have a look at these murals after the jump.

Algeria

Argentina

Australia

Brazil

Cameroon

Chile

Denmark

England

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Honduras

Italy

Ivory Coast

Japan

Mexico

Netherlands

New-Zealand

Nigeria

North-Korea

Paraguay

Portugal

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Switzerland

Uruguay

USA

All 32 Nations

Ardent soccer fan may well know all the trivia associated with each country, but if you need to find out the back story of each nation, see the World Cup on ESPN Facebook gallery.

[via BlackNotes]