GAZETTA RIVISITATO

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Frankie Mitchell is the talented Glasgow artist behind the front page illustration of this edition of The Cynical. A big fan of Italian football, she often takes inspiration from Serie A past and present for her illustrations. While her front page was done by pencil, here she used digital art to create drawings of some of her all-time favourite kits from Italy. 

 

I’m a massive kit nerd, and Italy’s Serie A in the 90s had some of the best of all time. For this series, I didn’t want to go for Milan or Juventus as even with all the incredible players they had and being such huge clubs,  it’s these other kits that always struck me when I watched Italian football growing up, which felt far more exotic and different to anything I’d seen in Scotland. Looking back, they just seemed to have something more glamorous about them.

The Sampdoria kit in particular is a huge favourite because of how it stays pretty much the same every season (except for a few minute changes). The blue with those colours are so identifiable to Sampdoria, the same way green and white hoops in football will always bring Celtic to mind.

 

I had to go for Totti and one of the older Roma kits with the floppy collar (which I love!) because I really wonder if we’ll ever see such a true one-club player ever again. He is one of the names that will spring to mind for most people when it comes to Italian football and I loved his passion and the class he had when playing.

 

For Parma it really was more the kit than the player I wanted to do as it was, and still is, one of my all-time favourites. I had both Crespo and Cannavaro in mind but went for the latter in the end!

 

I was simply enamoured with Batistuta; he was so exciting to watch and I developed a huge soft spot for Fiorentina because of him. It’s one of the cool things about football where you develop a fondness for a whole club based solely on a brilliant player they had, and that fondness sticks with you even once they’ve left the club.

 

Another huge part of why I love these kits are the sponsors. ERG sort of *is* part of Sampdoria’s brand and Nintendo was so iconic on that Fiorentina shirt at that point in the 90s. Looking back now, I think it is because of what Nintendo meant to a whole generation of young people in the UK whose eyes were opened to Italian football at around the same time.

Frankie’s full portfolio of football drawings can be found on her Instagram page: 

 

THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE 8TH EDITION OF THE CYNICAL, OUR FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE.

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Frankie Mitchell is a Glasgow artist and Celtic fan, with a big interest in Italian football. Her drawings and illustrations can be found on her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/gazzettarivisitato/


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