Celebration Following Michael Bradley's Goal Now a Work of Art
SANDTON, South Africa -- One of the most dramatic moments in American soccer history has been committed to canvas, and FanHouse thought it was worth sharing. The painting above was on display at the Sandton Convention Centre, part of which is being used as adidas' headquarters during the World Cup.
On Monday, adidas invited media to a press conference featuring pitchman and French World Cup champion Zinedine Zidane. The large room where the event took place was lined floor to ceiling with large paintings -- most of them portraits of adidas-sponsored players on each of the 32 teams competing here. The U.S. is represented by Jozy Altidore.
The coolest paintings were much larger pieces commemorating a key moment from each day of the World Cup. There was one of Diego Forlán unleashing his bomb of a goal against South Africa, one depicting Germany's rout of Australia and one showing Steven Gerrard celebrating following his early strike against the U.S.
But the best one, and there's no bias here, hung high on the wall right near the entrance and featured the emotional pileup near the corner flag that followed Michael Bradley's tying goal against Slovenia. Bradley pounced on Altidore's header, poked the ball into the roof of the net and sprinted screaming toward the right sideline, where he was joined not only by every American on the field but by the entire bench as well.
The daily paintings are created by local artists Paul Junior Kasemwana and Espoir Kennedy and are 270 cm. wide by 210 cm. high. They'll be auctioned off on eBay, with proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela 46664 Foundation.