15 of the Best Illustrations of the 2018 World Cup

After nearly a month, the 2018 World Cup has come to a close. Each game leading up to France's victory over Croatia in the final has had its share of excitement. However, what has happened off the field has been just as interesting, including statement-making soccer jerseys, footage of considerate fans, and a fantastic collection of World Cup illustrations.

Artists have been sharing their soccer-inspired work on social media since the tournament started in June. Much like the styles they're rendered in, the subject matter explored in each piece varies. Portraits of artists' favorite famous players, depictions of dedicated spectators, and scenes rich with symbolism appear to be the most popular themes this year.

On top of traditional posters and prints, some designers have opted to animate their work, culminating in eye-catching videos that capture the energetic spirit of the quadrennial event. No matter the format, however, each illustrated work of art showcases the many ways that this year's World Cup has inspired creatives from all over the world.

Here's a collection of the best art inspired by the World Cup 2018.


French Victory Poster by Reuben Dangoor

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“The Football Atlas” by Michael Raisch


“Weird World Cup” Beer Mats by Gordon Reid and Callum Stephenson


Stickers by Ronny Heimann

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The Official Poster for the 2018 World Cup by Igor Gurovich

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Paul Pogba Portrait by Noah MacMillan

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Quarter Final Poster by Studio Maimeri


“Get the Ball in the Goal” by Tom Anders Watkins


“Home with Pride” by Reuben Dangoor

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“England 1966” by Jack Bedford

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“The Best Plan for the World” by Emilia Schettino

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Group Shot by Steven Wood

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Animated Illustration by Gianluca Costantini

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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