'66 and Ali

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'66 and Ali

Post by allaway on Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:35 pm

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/news/sol/shared/spl/hi/football/06/wallpaper/img/wc_eng66_wallpaper.jpg

As a football fan this image contains everything that I love about the game and is the greatest moment in the sport for the England team. The fact this version is in black and white reminds us that the World Cup win was in the past and reminds us of how long it has been since we have come close to a moment like this again. The World Cup win united people and against Germany at Wembley stadium the game itself also holds a lot of connotations with England and its history. The image shows iconic players like Moore, Hurst and Banks and the pose of Moore holding the trophy is now a well known symbol, Moore being incased as a leader and a hero.

http://www.poster.net/ali-muhammad/ali-muhammad-muhammad-ali-vs-sonny-liston-4900221.jpg

The other image I would put forward as an icon is this image of Muhammad Ali looming over Sonny Liston in 1965. This image is iconic because Ali was oppressed for so many reasons- due to his race, religion and his refusal to serve in the military. Becoming the heavyweight champion of the world is an individual sporting achievement but to do this alongside all that Ali was subjected to makes the achievement all the more incredible. The image is iconic because it is Ali's moment of triumph and he looms over Liston, he is empowered and looks ferocious, often the image is accompanied by the words 'First Minute, First Round' referring to when Liston was knocked to the floor, and praising the speed of Ali's triumph and the words anchor the pose and power of Ali.

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