If memory serves me correctly, we first met Mark Yesilvskiy in Toronto at MLS Cup. There was a group of us out at a bar somewhere and Mark was there. This was also the time that Jamie Watson made a bet with Dunny that I’m not sure he has paid up on yet. But that’s another story for another day.
Anyway. So we meet Mark. You can tell he’s a soccer head. Knows a ton about the sport. He had driven up to Toronto from New York to take part in MLS Cup celebrations. We hang out a bit that week and stay in touch after.
Fast forward a bit and Mark and I end up in London at the Champions League final in 2013 (I think it was 2013). We’re at the Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich final at Wembley covering it and an adidas event for our respective sites. In the time since Toronto, Mark has gone on to write about the game of soccer as well as be able to explore his design sensibilities within the sport. Which leads me to this post.
In the past week or so, there was a new soccer book released called Club Soccer 101. According to Amazon, here is the overview of the book:
Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players—from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.
With club soccer exploding in popularity, Club Soccer 101 provides everything any fan needs to know.
I’m with that. Sounds like a good read and a book I will most definitely be checking out. But the main reason I am posting about it is because of the cover art. See, that’s where this story comes full circle. The cover art was done by our dude Mark. He’s been doing these great illustrations over the last year or two. The series of illustrations has been focused on a range of kits from around the world, but he leaves all elements of the player out of them Thus focusing on the kit itself and not that of a player. Really clever and beautiful artwork that now graces the cover of a book. This book. Club Soccer 101. That’s no doubt impressive and I’m proud to see how far this cat has come in the last few years. I have no doubt the future is very bright for Mark.
So congratulations my dude and all the best going forward. Check out more of Mark’s work at Mark Yesilvskiy.