Aesthetically Pleasing Moments From Video Game Football History #13

Last time in APMFVGFH we looked at a beautifully vivid arcade game from the dawn of the 1990s, that ticked several boxes for us. Now we go back to the previous decade and the dawn of the modern football game itself with one of the genre’s early pioneers.

The game was simply called Soccer, released in Japan in 1985 for Nintendo Famicom (the name for NES in Japan, short for Family Computer). In 1986 it was also one of the debut titles for the Famicom Disc System add-on:

This modest but charming game was one of the first of it’s kind and was regarded highly at the time, with Computer and Video Games Magazine giving it an impressive grade of 83%. The intro screen simply highlights each letter in the word “SOCCER” repeatedly and asks if it’s going to be a one or two player affair:

There are six teams to choose from as seen below, including “FRG” for “Federal Republic of Germany”. Whether the “GBR” team refers specifically to the Great British landmass of England, Scotland and Wales, or if Northern Ireland is also included remains unclear:

Once the teams are selected, it’s straight to the pitch, which we have put together in a full length view:

Although there is no stadium or fans, the simple joy of playing in an open field is more than enough for us. Five players on each team proceed to the centre circle for a Westside Story-style face-off before the match starts:

Then, the action:

Here we watch on as a class strike from outside the box beats the ‘keeper:

The gleeful players run back to their own half celebrating, where the joy continues for a moment as the other team waits to kick off:

Some of the players on different teams have slightly different features. The Japanese, in fetching pink, have more sallow skin than their European counterparts and possess massive black holes for eyes:

The goalkeeper is given a cap and what looks like a pink belt, making him an adorable little man:

But the real treat is yet to come.

Cheerleaders in a football game is something that we once derided for their inclusion in Tecmo’s European Championships 1992, only later to be informed that there were actually cheerleaders at the tournament in real life. Here Nintendo were way ahead of the, as at half-time the cheerleaders come running out from both ends of the pitch:

Their routine includes an impressive vertical leap maneuver. Just check out that hang time!:

It continues for a surprisingly long amount of time before they run off again:

Although cheerleaders as a concept in general is something we’re not exactly thrilled about, the effort of including them is a nice touch.

Also a nice and somewhat unexpected feature is a penalty shoot-out in the case of a draw. Here the goalie is sent to the shops for a packet of Toffee Pops:

Like with all shoot-outs, both ends of the pitch are used. The Japanese ‘keeper pulls of an amazing save, having first rotated rapidly during the taker’s run up to prepare himself mentally:

A job well done, the victorious team gesticulate in ecstasy in the middle of the park while the opposition run on the spot and stare at them in awe:

An enjoyable afternoon visiting Soccer had come to an end. But first, the staff had one last message for us to see us off:

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YouTube links:

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Heroic Hang Jobs #7 (Gallery)

Welcome back to another installment of Heroic Hang Jobs, the series that celebrates old-style flag and banner hanging. As per usual, here we look at a selection of different clubs and countries, from different eras and to different scales, but some specialised episodes of HHJ are in the pipeline.

Shelbourne vs Glenmore Celtic, Tolka Park, Dublin, FAI Cup quarter-final, 1993:

Ajax Amsterdam vs Lokomotive Leipzig, Olympic Stadium, Athens, Cup Winners’ Cup final, 13/05/1987:

Ajax Amsterdam vs KV Mechelen, Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, Cup Winners’ Cup final, 11/05/1988:

KV Mechelen vs Ajax Amsterdam, Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg, Cup Winners’ Cup final, 11/05/1988:

Ireland vs Scotland, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, friendly, 30/05/2000:

PSV Eindhoven vs AZ Alkmaar, Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Eredivisie, 28/09/1985:
West Germany vs Spain, Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, friendly, 15/10/1986:

Wisła Kraków vs ???, 1990s:

Bayern Munich vs AC Milan, Olympic Stadium, Munich, European Cup semi final-2nd leg, 18/04/1990:

Bayern Munich vs AC Milan, Olympic Stadium, Munich, European Cup semi final-2nd leg, 18/04/1990:

Bayern Munich vs AC Milan, Olympic Stadium, Munich, European Cup semi final-2nd leg, 18/04/1990:

Northern Ireland vs Ireland, World Cup qualifier, Windsor Park, Belfast, 14/09/1988:

Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Star Belgrade, Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Yugoslav First League, 13/05/1990:

Ireland vs Turkey, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, European Championships qualifier, 17/10/1990:

Cagliari vs Cremonese, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Serie A, 15/09/1992:

Royal Antwerp (featuring Feyenoord) vs Club Brugge, Bosuilstadion, Antwerp, Belgian First Division A, 27/02/1988:

Japan vs Iraq, Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, World Cup qualifier, 28/10/1993:

US Pergocrema vs US Allasandria, Stadio Giuseppe Voltini, Crema, Serie C2-Group B, 06/02/1988:

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YouTube links:

Shelbourne vs Glenmore Celtic, 1993
Ajax vs Lokomotive Leipzig, 1987
Ajax vs Mechelen, 1988
Ireland vs Scotland, 2000
PSV Eindhoven vs AZ Alkmaar, 1985
West Germany vs Spain, 1986
Bayern Munich vs Milan, 1990
Northern Ireland vs Ireland, 1988
Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Star Belgrade, 1990
Ireland vs Turkey, 1990
Cagliari vs Cremonese, 1992

Royal Antwerp vs Club Brugge, 1988
Japan vs Iraq, 1993
Pergocrema vs Alessandria, 1988

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Gif of the Day Superpost, Part 4: #76-100

It’s another weird and wonderful array of gifs from our not-quite-daily Gif of the Day on the POTP Facebook and Twitter pages. Once the series goes past another century we will add the next four blocks, but for now click here for parts 1, 2 or 3.

January – February 2019

Gif of the Day #76: 1992Nigerian supporters celebrate in Stade de l’Amitié, Dakar, Senegal, after their team go 1-0 up against Kenya. African Cup of Nations, first round, 14/01/92:

Gif of the Day #77: 1991 – Days before Croatia’s independence referendum, Davor Šuker scores his one and only goal for Yugoslavia on his second and last cap (having already played for an unofficial Croatian selection against Romania in 1990) with the 7th goal in a 7-0 drubbing of Faroe Islands. Great kit too. Euro 92 qualifying group 2, Belgrade, 16/05/91:

Gif of the Day #78: 1986 – Not phones, but lighters in the air act as make-shift pryo for a penalty. Nantes vs Internazionale, UEFA Cup quarter-final 2nd leg, 19/03/86:

Gif of the Day #79: 1983 – 36 years ago today Leeds go on the rampage by the family seats of the Baseball Ground. Derby County vs Leeds United, League Division 2, 22/01/83:

Gif of the Day #80: 1980 – A cold weather European classic with beautiful luminous yellow Adidas Tango ball, often overlooked for it’s equally great orange counterpart. Sochaux vs Eintracht Frankfurt, UEFA Cup 3rd round 2nd leg, 10/12/80:

Gif of the Day #81: 1981 – Raucous scenes in the Idrætspark, Copenhagen, following a fabulous 3-1 victory for the home side. Denmark vs Italy, World Cup qualifying Group 5, 03/06/81:

Gif of the Day #82: 1988Manchester United in beautiful away kit score against Liverpool in Anfield, note the pockets of United fans on the left celebrating in the home sections. League Division 1, 04/04/88:

Gif of the Day #83: 1988 – Ultras Bari in action. Bari vs Bologna, Serie B, 24/04/88:

Gif of the Day #84: 1992 – Classic Adidas Ghana kit and line-up graphics for the day, vs Zambia, African Cup of Nations first round, 15/01/92:

Gif of the Day #85: 2008 – Not as retro as usual, but one of the most emotional and beautiful moments born out of tragedy in football history (along with the Christmas truce of WW1 in our book) as Rome unites in memory of Gabriele. Lazio vs Roma, Serie A, 19/03/08:

Gif of the Day #86: 1973 – Police try to create a terrace divide (apart from one nonchalant fan) between rival supporters in the Eastville Stadium. Bristol Rovers vs West Ham United, Watney Cup first round, 11/08/73:

Gif of the Day #87: 1993 – Flags! Padova vs Ascoli, Serie B, 13/06/93:

Gif of the Day #88: 1988 – What at first may appear to be a running flare-launch attack turns out to be the fusing of an elaborate chain of pyro arranged by Cosenza’s Nuclei Sconvolti (Stoner Core). Cosenza va Reggina, Serie B 23/10/88:

Gif of the Day #88.5: 1988 – Heartwarming joy as the display is deemed a success. Cosenza vs Reggina, Serie B 23/10/88:

Gif of the Day #89: 1966 – Welsh ecstasy in Ninian Park, Cardiff, as the home side go 1-0 up in what was both a British Home Championship 66/67 game and a Euro 68 qualifier. Wales vs Scotland, 22/10/66 – taken from People On The Pitch #2:

Gif of the Day #90: 1979 – A packed terrace, flags and torrential rain combine to make a perfect European night as fans celebrate the goal that will win the tournament (the result of a dubious penalty), Borussia Monchengladbach v Red Star Belgrade, UEFA Cup final 2nd leg, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, 25/05/79:

Gif of the Day #91 – 1977Everton in Swindon Town’s County Ground, FA Cup 4th round, 29/01/77:

Gif of the Day #92: 1994 – Bizarre/great footage of fan-band on pitch (with unplugged instruments..) spliced in between that of supporters and the match. US Alessandria vs Mantova, Serie C1 Group A, 22/05/94:

Gif of the Day #93: 1978Italian fans in Mar del Plata, Argentina, for their tie with France, World Cup first round, Group 1, 02/06/78:

Gif of the Day #94: 1990 – A pre-match fracas breaks out at Landsdowne Road as an English mob scatters the crowd. There would be clashes in Dublin after the game also, coinciding with a protest march against the extradition of an IRA political prisoner (now a sitting member of the Irish parliament) to Britain. Republic of Ireland vs England, Euro 92 qualifier, 14/11/90. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F2IY–CnjM):

Gif of the Day #95: 1993 – Heroic head-gear, tracksuits, and a great Puma template of the era on show from the home team. Ruch Chorzów vs Widzew Łódź, Ekstraklasa (Polish top flight), 21/05/93:

Gif of the Day #96: 1983 – Mesmerising flag and Roma is magic. Roma vs Cagliari, Serie A, 16/01/83:

Gif of the Day #97: 1992/93 – This is great, player for the away team scores a penalty and then runs the length of the pitch, ignoring every team mate as he goes, to celebrate on front of the traveling fans. Cavese vs Nocerina, Eccellenza Campania (Italian 6th tier) Group B, 92/93:

Gif of the Day #98: 1989Japan vs North Korea, kits including a unique Adidas affair for Japan in red, and fans including a sizable amount of Korean support (made up of state officials no doubt) with even a card coreo visible to left. World Cup 90 qualifiers AFC 1st Round Group 6, Kita, Tokyo, 04/06/89:

Gif of the Day #99: 1990 – Absolute terrace carnage and a flying Yorkshireman. Leeds United away to Oxford United, Division 2, 10/03/90. Taken from Supporter Snap Back #4:

Gif of the Day #100: 1985 – ULTRAS, Avellino vs Atalanta, Serie A, 14/04/85:

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