Toe Poke Daily: Ranking World Cup logos -- how does Qatar 2022 stack up against Mexico '86? 1

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The official logo for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been unveiled in Doha and 27 other cities around the world, but how does it stack up against the rest?

Mexico 1986 is one of football’s most revered pieces of graphic design, but the artist responsible for the logo claims that nobody ever congratulated him on his creation.

Ruben Santiago Hernandez, still a designer and publicist by trade, created it over three decades ago while working and studying in Texas, United States — though he never got the credit he so richly deserves.

“Until now, nobody spoke to me or congratulated me, I read a few articles which said the creator was unknown, but it surprised me that no one looked through the archives to see it was me,” Hernandez told ESPN.

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Hernandez submitted four hand-drawn proposals of which one was selected as the overall winner from a field of approximately 7,000 entries. However, he still finds it “odd” that FIFA don’t seem to have any formal record of him being the designer, despite the logo still being widely reproduced to this day.

He added: “I think if I’d stayed living in Mexico, I would have become famous and I would have had a more prolific career.”

It goes without saying that Mexico ’86 is an undisputed giant among World Cup logos, but how does it rank alongside the other 20 used between 1962 and 2022? The ones before then have been omitted as they were just posters, rather than logos.

Falcao greeted like a God in Turkey

Turkish fans love a big name player and they treated former Atletico Madrid, Man United, Chelsea and Monaco striker Falcao to quite the reception as he arrived at Galatasaray.

Other top players to have received big welcomes in Turkey include Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce in 2015), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray in 2013) and, more recently, Daniel Sturridge, now of Trabzonspor.

However, just to show that they aren’t too biased when it comes to rolling out a hero’s welcome, Darius Vassell, who had a stint with Ankaragucu in 2009, also got one.

Costa Rica coach resigns over boredom

Gustavo Matosas has stepped down as manager of the Costa Rica national team after less than a year in the job, blaming the frequent down time between games that made him feel unproductive.

“I realized that in the national side I feel unproductive even though I kill myself watching videos,” Matosas said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It’s not what I like to be doing.

“It’s tough not having players in the day-to-day to train them. I only have the players for a week every two months and it’s killing me. I didn’t know it was so hard. I thought I would be able to somehow endure it.

“I didn’t know being a national team manager was so boring. I don’t regret it and I don’t leave frustrated because I gave my best. I won’t manage a national team again. I can’t only have the players every two months. It’s not for me.”





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