Clever concept idea portraying the names/nicknames of legends of the game through a football dictionary, created by Sean Rainey, a designer from Belfast.
From Sean’s blog:
Gre-No-Li is a contraction of the surnames of three Swedish footballers: Gunnar Gren, Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm. The denomination was colloquially used after these players composed a formidable trio of strikers while playing for the Swedish national team and Italian club AC Milan in the 1950s.
I released the image on my store’s blog and on a new project on Behance but I liked the idea behind the design so much that slowly over time I continued to do versions for other player nicknames. It wasn’t until I maybe had designed 5 or 6 that the thought of releasing them in book form might be more ideal, and then the idea of creating a dictionary was born.
In total I have created 100 designs to date, but I wanted to get a prototype made of what the book could look like, so I sent off an early version with 50 entries and yesterday the book arrived in the post and here are some photographs.
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