There are few things that unify people across the world better than the game of football. More than just kicking a ball about, football stirs passions beyond rational thought, affecting the mood of a nation or even the fortunes of a government. Since the 1930s, Magnum photographers have photographed the world of football, documenting the teams, the supporters, and the game.

This exhibition shows how deep the roots of football run and how wide they are spread; how football culture crosses every boundary of nationality, race, and religion. This selection of images combines the beauty of the game itself with the aesthetic quality associated with the photographers of Magnum and provides a celebration of the ‘world game’ as well as a fascinating social portrait of the world over a period of more than half a century.

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