The People & Places Behind The Defiance & Drive of Michail Antonio

As part of our mission to unearth new stories to unite and inspire football communities across the world, GAFFER have joined forces with Dr. Martens to retrace some of the brand’s earliest footsteps in the game and pay homage to the route and rise of West Ham United’s all-time Premier League top goalscorer, Michail Antonio.

Omari Hutchinson On His Rise Through The Ranks

For the latest chapter in the GAFFER x Beautiful Struggles story we catch up with Arsenal's youth star, Omari Hutchinson. The talented winger opens up about his journey through the youth teams and gives an insight to his rise through the ranks.

How Shanice van de Sanden Became One Of The Leading Voices In The Game

For the latest chapter in the GAFFER x Beautiful Struggles story, we travelled to Berlin to unravel all the steps to a story that has made Shanice one of the most important and best loved players around.

The Flight, Fight & Future of Demit Omphroy

This is the story of how Demit Omphroy went from being the first ever football player with Multiple Sclerosis to play in the MLS to becoming one of the brightest artists in the USA. 

No Stylist – Tariq Lamptey – Series 02 – Episode 03

To commemorate the launch of GAFFER x MJB x Sonic The Hedgehog: Chapter Three we called up one of the fastest players in the Premier League Tariq Lamptey to put together a fit that digs deeper into his love of gaming and his pre-game energy.

Made In Milano – How Italy’s Best Dressed Club Lives & Breathes In London

To celebrate the launch of Inter’s new collaboration with Moncler and the club’s very own Made In Milano label, we explored the Nerazzurro influence in the English capital to find out how the history, tradition and identity of the Milanese club continues to inspire those who follow The Biscione across all corners of the world.

New Year, New Michy

We ride with Belgium and Besiktas star Michy Batshuayi as he takes us around his current home in Istanbul and talks through the many different chapters of his career, the story of Sponge Bob Michy and his love of Supreme…

The Evolution Of Ivan Toney: Campaigner, Game-Changer & Hometown Hero

We explore the community spirit of Northampton to find out how the threads of resilience, fearlessness and self-expression tie two of the town’s greatest exports closer together. As we travel through the streets to chart and champion the renaissance of the man who has climbed the footballing pyramid to get back to where he always knew he belonged — the Premier League.

Still Growing: Rinsola Babajide

To welcome in the start of another new season and to celebrate the first official outing of the new third Jersey, we linked up with a cast of 90s born, creative UK talent to find out how this new kit represents the true DNA of the North London club as we head into a new era and a new away day to Brentford FC. 

No Stylist – Jesse Lingard – Series 2 – Episode 1

The first episode in the brand new series of No Stylist sees Manchester United & England star Jesse Lingard make history as he takes on the Premier League pre-game fit challenge.

Conor Gallagher Is Just Getting Started

When you enter Cobham’s Painshill park, you feel a strange sense of nostalgia. It could be all the classical architecture taken from different ages, like the Turkish Tent or the Temple of Bachus. Maybe it’s the lone bridge on the river that feels as though it was drawn by Monet himself. It’s idyllic, as though […]

Wes & Curtis Nelson: Brothers in Arms

It’s no secret that talent runs in the veins of the Nelson family, so we wanted to put the two of them to the test. For this edition of Head to Head, we had both brothers compete in a series of arcade games and a classic quiz to see who would claim the crown in the Nelson family.

Getting To Know: Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe goes by many names; Croydon De Bruyne, Arsenal’s future No.10, or as he prefers it, just ‘Emz.’ The 20-year-old midfielder enjoyed a stellar season last time out, well and truly cementing his place in Arsenal’s first team. Emz has been with the academy since he was 10 years old and his ascension […]

TikTok and Tekkers: Alisha Lehmann

Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Alisha Lehmann will be the first to acknowledge the importance of home – wherever you may find it. At 19 years old, she made the trip from Switzerland to East London with West Ham United and hasn’t looked back since. In just three years, the striker has gone from […]

Abby Dahlkemper: Forging Ahead in Virtue Of The Past

Abby Dahlkemper can be adduced as the walking example of a ‘go-getter’ and, time after time, she has shown how there’s nothing wrong with change as long as you’re moving in the right direction.  From playing collegiately with the UCLA Bruins, heading to Australia on a loan with Adelaide United, winning two championships with North […]

Ya Digg: Alex Iwobi On The Real Life Of A Premier League Footballer

In an age where many players are still learning about themselves and finding their way in the world of modern football, Alex comes across as very focussed and settled. Where does his mature outlook on life come from?

Getting To Know: Ben White

Cool, composed and nonchalant, 23-year-old Ben White takes to the challenges of top-flight football and fame as adeptly as a soul surfer takes to the sea. Befittingly, the Poole-born footballer is signed to coastal team Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. and counts paddleboarding as one of his favourite pastimes.

Getting To Know: Saïd Benrahma

In an era where the professional game is often reduced to the soulless logic of statistics, Saïd Benrahma is a player that is best measured by the moments of sheer joy he provides to those that watch him. The Algerian winger acts as a reminder to fans as to why they fell in love with the game in the first place. That once upon a time, before football became dominated by talk of distance covered, press resistance and xG, we would all go into our back gardens and attempt to emulate our heroes. Trying and failing to flip-flap like Ronaldinho, to rainbow flick like Okocha or to Cruyff-turn like Kaka.

The Payback: How Diego Reyes Left Mexico for Europe, and Returned to Win it All

When Diego Reyes made the move from Club América to FC Porto in 2013 he became the latest in a line of Mexican stars to swap North America for Europe, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Hugo Sanchez, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, and Rafael Marquez.

No Stylist Episode 05 – Jordyn Huitema

The latest episode of No Stylist comes to you straight from the heart of Paris with PSG Feminine and Canada superstar Jordyn Huitema.

Getting to Know Ollie Watkins

Inside the exuberant and empowering rise of Ollie Watkins - the Premier League striking sensation who’s here to stay.

No Stylist Episode 04 – Steven Bergwijn

For the latest episode of No Stylist we returned to London, following on from Arsenal’s Joe Willock in Episode 02, to see what the other side of North London are serving up with Tottenham Hotspur and The Netherlands international Steven Bergwijn.

The Visions & Values of Patrick Van Aanholt

He has spent 10 years at the top of the Premier League. He’s grown in tandem with the emergence of the new wave of modern full-backs and he’s always at the forefront of the culture-defining conversations that bridge football with the wider world. Now, returning from injury following another stellar campaign for Crystal Palace last time out, his name is destined to be repeated.

No Stylist Episode 03: Pierluigi Gollini

Pierluigi Gollini’s football achievements certainly haven’t been at the expense of his creativity: in 2018 he released his first single, Rapper coi Guanti (Rapper with Gloves), under the name Gollorius. He’s a massive sneakerhead too, so this episode of No Stylist has every corner covered.

At Home with Isaac Success

The Nigeria and Watford forward opens up the doors to his home for an exclusive and in-depth chat that shines a light on his incredible journey to the top via Benin, Granada and London.

Head to Head: Emile Smith Rowe x Zech Medley

We put the childhood friendship of Arsenal’s young double act Emile Smith Rowe and Zech Medley to the test to see how well they really know each other.

No Stylist Episode 02: Joe Willock

In No Stylist we put Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock on the spot to see if he has the style and vision to dig out the best drip with No Stylist.

The Rise of Tino Anjorin

To focus on the moments that have inspired his rise, we sat down with Tino Anjorin to track his life both on and off the pitch.

Head to Head: Ezri Konsa x Yxng Bane

GAFFER puts two of the UKs brightest stars - Aston Villa's Ezri Konsa and platinum-selling artist Yxng Bane -Head to Head to find out what they’ve learned from each other and a little bit more about their life away from the spotlight.

No Stylist Episode 1: Valentin Rosier

No Stylist is a new and exclusive GAFFER video series that turns the tables on every shoot a footballer and a stylist has ever been involved in. That’s because No Stylist allows the players to dictate the shoot. In each episode a new name from the world of football will be let loose on the […]

All Eyes On Houssem Aouar

We sit down with one of the most-talked about players on the planet to talk style, strengths, dreams and heroes.

Alhan Gençay on Galatasaray, The Greatest Club Story Ever Told & Turkish Culture

We sat down with the man of the hour Alhan Gençay to talk all things Galatasaray; from the greatest club story ever told to what the club gives to him and his Dad.

To The Max: Meet The Fans Who Are Taking Club Loyalty To New Levels

The new Nike collection of European third kits is the ultimate hybrid of streetwear and sports. To celebrate a range of jerseys that honour the DNA of legendary forces in cities across the continent, we spoke to a cast of creative fans who take their love of the club to the max.

Cedric Soares: A New Dawn

Arsenal full-back Cedric Soares discusses his personal style, dressing room jokes, the similarities between Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whilst also revealing which teammates he wants to challenge to a game of tennis.

Olivia Rose: A Wink & A Roar Exhibition

GAFFER speaks to Olivia Rose to unravel her creative process and to discover a few of her favourite moments and memories from a day at St George’s Park.

Head to Head: Micheal Ward x Rhian Brewster

GAFFER put two of the UK’s brightest stars and long-term friends - BAFTA-award winning actor Micheal Ward & Liverpool FC’s Rhian Brewster - Head to Head to delve a little deeper into their unique friendship and to find out more about their first memories, long-term dreams and sentimental stories.

DeAndre Yedlin & Crystal Ann Rod on Sharing Clothes, the Culture and Becoming a Creative Power Couple

Newcastle United and US soccer star DeAndre Yedlin and girlfriend Crystal Ann Rod take us on a tour of their home and an insight into their relationship for Valentine's Day 2020.

Downtime: Andy Robertson

We joined Liverpool and Scotland star Andy Robertson over the first few holes of the golf course to find out what he’s learned from the game and why he wants to see Bobby Firmino on the tee.

Luis Nani on Early Life in Lisbon, United Memories & MLS Dreams…

Luis Nani gives us an insight into his upbringing, revisiting the streets of Lisbon, reciting the tales of the football pitch where he first discovered his passion for the game alongside his Manchester United memories and MLS dreams.

Eni Aluko: Stand Empowered

England's greatest female footballer, Eni Aluko, opens up about the stories beyond her first book ‘They Don’t Teach This’ and shares the moments which have shaped her life and career, including her journey to embracing her British-Nigerian heritage and her quest to improve English football.

Homecoming: The Chalobah Brothers

To track their journey to the top, Nate and Trevoh Chalobah took GAFFER on a tour of Gipsy Hill to discuss their life through football - and everything that came before it.

GAFFER x StockX End of Year Party

To celebrate our breakout year, and to continue to bridge the gap between football, music, fashion and culture, GAFFER linked up with StockX to host our first end of year party.

The Calling: Eddie Nketiah

The coming of age of one of England’s brightest prospects is perhaps closer than you’d think. The Championship’s most-talked about 20-year-old is ready to deliver on his destiny. This is how he plans to do it…

The Changing Face of Football

As we approach the end of another decade of incredible football achievement, we take a look at the vital role the game plays in shaping the world we live in today. Exclusively Curated by GAFFER, the two week exhibition is on display in the new StockX drop-off pop-up shop on 47 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ND, from the 6th December to December 15th.

Lessons in Life: Ashley Walters

To find out what a difference a decade makes, we sat down with Ashley Walters to track the ups, downs and unusual moments of a life and career which has been beautifully unpredictable. So, here it is. Ashley Walters on life, his one love - Arsenal - and why he thinks Raheem Sterling could make it on the small screen.

Upon Reflection: Uncovering The Real Wretch 32

We peel away the layers of Wretch 32’s thirteen year career, which has just entered a new chapter with the release of his latest album Upon Reflection and the launch of his first book, Rapthology, to find out what really matters to one of the UK’s most unique and effervescent artists. So, this is Wretch 32 on starting out, selling CDs, Ian Wright, new ventures and why all the world needs is you just being you.

Arsenal x 424 Is Here

GAFFER produced the exclusive photoshoot for the new genre-defining collaboration which sees 424 become the official formal wear partner of Arsenal. We also caught up with 424 founder Guillermo Andrade and Hector Bellerin behind the scenes to find out more about this landmark collaboration.

Sophie Hird & Sports Team on Football, Fashion & Britishness

After finally perfecting the latest garments of her graduate collection this past June, Sophie Hird was eager to find suitable candidates to wear and sport her ornate designs. When Sports Team rolled up for her undergraduate fashion show and eagerly expressed an interest to wear her clothes in upcoming performances, Hird was confident that the eclectic 6-piece would be just the right match for her vision.

Issue 02 Cover: Andre Gray

We spoke to one of the most underrated and influential stars in the English game about how leadership unlocked his potential, what it means to be a footballer in Britain today and how he fought and won the battle to define himself.

Issue 02 Cover: Maya Jama

When it comes to modern icons who sit at the crossroads of fashion, music, football and popular culture, none have made a bigger impact in the last 2 years than Maya Jama. The TV and radio presenter opens up about career breaks through football, finding success on her own terms and the power of pep talks in Issue 02: Heart and Soul.

Issue 02 Cover: Andreas Pereira

When Andreas Pereira first stepped through the door at Manchester United’s training ground, a mesh of Brazilian flair and continental discipline ingrained on the streets of Belgium and Holland, the concept of home felt like something far removed from a wet English morning.

Issue 02 Cover: Ada Hegerberg

To say Ada Hegerberg is at the top of her game would be an understatement. A forward for Division 1 club Olympique Lyonnais, the striker has averaged more than a goal a game at every level of club competition. She’s the record holder for most goals in a UEFA champions league season, this year’s BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year - the 24 year-old is, justifiably, the most celebrated female footballer of the moment.

Issue 02 Cover: Christian Pulisic

We introduced Cheslea’s latest signing and the next big US superstar athlete Christian Pulisic to his new hometown of London as he opens up on his life outside of the game and how he is preparing to take the Premier League by storm.

Rio Ferdinand, Wilfried Zaha & Eni Aluko Talk Heritage & Homecomings at The Best of Africa Awards

GAFFER linked up with all the award-winners and attendees at the eighth annual Best of Africa awards in London to find out why night’s like this are so significant, how their heritage inspires their future endeavours as well as what African footballer they believed has made the biggest impact in the Premier League.

Issue 02: Rhian Brewster

Rhian might still be on the cusp of the first team but is already well aware of his rising status, his reach and his ability to impact upon millions around the globe.

Issue 02: Nikita Parris

At only twenty-five years old, Nikita Parris has followed in the footsteps of Lineker, Beckham and Toni Duggan as one of England’s finest ever players to play abroad.

Issue 02: Maro Itoje

On the dawn of another Rugby World Cup, England rugby star Maro Itoje explains what it really means to find the heart and desire to succeed and what it really means to represent your country on the world's biggest stage. He also talks a lot of Arsenal too...

Issue 02: Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio’s unorthodox route to the top has given him a wider perspective on issues off the pitch. We sat down with the West Ham man who shares his thoughts on racism, adversity and inspiring change beyond football’s bubble.

Issue 02: James Maddison

Being a leader requires a special set of characteristics. You need charisma, confidence and total self-belief under extreme pressure. What’s scary, is that James Maddison ticks every one of these boxes at only twenty-two years old.

Issue 02: At Home With Victor Lindelof

Family man, fearless centre half and Manchester United stalwart Victor Lindelof opens up the doors to his home for an exclusive and in-depth interview which shines a light on his life away from the pitch. Victor reveals the secrets behind his success, his views on leadership in the modern game and just how close he was to choosing ice hockey over football.

Mason Mount & Tammy Abraham Discuss Debuts & Delivering on their Destiny at the Official Chelsea Third Kit Launch

We linked up with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham at the launch of the new Nike Chelsea third jersey - which takes direct inspiration from 1990s football culture - to find out what the club means to them, what we should bring back from the 90s and their big dreams for the season ahead.

We Talk 90s Nostalgia & Future Dreams With The New Faces of Tottenham Hotspur

To celebrate the launch of Tottenham’s new Nike Third Shirt - which pays tribute to iconic players of the past by bringing back the famous light blue shade synonymous with the talent that helped carve the way for the Club’s future success - we linked up with a new generation of Spurs fans, including AJ Tracey and Craig Mitch, to find out what the club and the jersey means to them.

Issue 02: Heart & Soul

GAFFER Issue 02: Heart & Soul honours the way football cultivates community spirit, empowers the next generation and gives fans, teams and players something bigger and more beautiful to believe in. To celebrate the launch of the new issue, we’re introducing you to our five cover stars; a special collective of people who are driving the culture to new heights and changing the face of the game forever.

Behind The Scenes: Capo Lee & Jamal Edwards Share The Story Of The Chelsea FC ‘Style & Swag’ Remix

We go behind the scenes of Capo Lee & Jamal Edwards 'Style & Swag' Chelsea remix video which features, Callum Hudson Odoi, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Ngolo Kante and many more.

In Focus: USWNT Kick Off Victory Tour at The Rose Bowl

To celebrate the team’s proper homecoming, Scott Dukes captured the official on-pitch reunion on Saturday at the Rose Bowl for the US Women’s National Team’s first game since the World Cup final.

Introducing PUMA’s Next Generation

To celebrate the launch of the new PUMA ‘Anthem’ pack we linked up with four of England’s brightest talents to discuss a whole host of things; from football dreams, debuts and new boots to pre-match superstitions, dressing room DJs and their own creative escapes.

Fuelling Creativity & Feeding The Culture: Whippets FC

Football is the petrol to their creativity, and the heart to their community.  For many of the women who make up the team, the game has been a life-changer. London can be a lonely place, but Whippets FC have been the open home they’ve needed. It’s not just a game or a squad. It’s a family.

Playing For A Cause: Hackney Wick FC

This is a club that was set up to challenge the supremacy of crime and to give a substantial and attainable alternative to gang culture. By becoming the beating heart of the community, Hackney Wick FC aims to mend the dislocation between the youth and community by giving them a positive example and a road to a brighter future.

Inspiring Performance: Rising Ballers / She’s A Baller

Rising Ballers is the voice for youth football. Their mission is to make sure no talent goes unnoticed. By breaking away from the traditional process, they have become the platform for unsigned youth players. Creating an empowering stage for London’s young talent; the ones who usually sit well under the radar of scouts for professional teams.

Fashion Forward: Victoria Park Vixens

Victoria Park Vixens' aim was always to become the friendliest team in grass-roots football, something they have exceeded. Now they are a community for each and every player; and the Vixens shirt has become one that is only ever worn with pride. They are a squad who are here to kick down the stereotypes; proving that women into fashion, can still be women into football.

Uniting The Community & Enabling Change: Hackney Laces

From humble beginnings, Hackney Laces has grown into one of London’s most influential and all-encompassing open-plan football clubs. An inviting and evolving initiative that gives girls - of all ages and abilities - a place to feel welcome and a place to grow in tandem with the game on and off the pitch.

Juventus F.C. Women – Passion Above All

Now over to Turin for GAFFER’s last stop in the calcio femminile series. Juventus Women have won two Serie A titles in their debut and second years in the league.

Young and Mighty: C.F Florentia

C.F. Florentia, hailing from the Tuscan capital, is the highest ranking team that is exclusively dedicated to the women’s game.

01 Cover: Emile Smith Rowe

Even in Baku’s tin-hollow Olympic Stadium, Emile Smith Rowe could feel them. The eyes of the crowd weighing heavy on his back, analysing, judging his steps like a TV talent show.

Class of 2019: Ademola Lookman

Ademola Lookman was a little-known winger playing on scuffed Sunday League pitches in Wandsworth in 2014. At 16, his career seemed to have already hit the fated ceiling, lulled at the plateau outside of one of the country’s prodigious academies.

Class of 2019: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Within the space of two weeks last year, everything changed for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. On February 25 he made his Crystal Palace first-team debut in front of 25,000-plus fans at Selhurst Park against Tottenham. On March 5, he faced Manchester United. On March 10, Chelsea.

01 Cover: Callum Hudson-Odoi

Whether in Thessaloniki, Minsk or the Sóstó in western Hungary, Callum Hudson-Odoi can always pick one sound out from the crowd. A high-pitched multi-octave whistle which pierces through the crackling flares of the home fans before ricocheting around Europe’s concrete arenas.

U17 Lions: Nya Kirby

Nya Kirby trudged nervously towards the penalty spot through Kolkata’s thick evening air, blacking out the shrieking crowd, his mind stuck in a mantra. “Stick with it,” he repeated.

Class of 2019: Rob Holding

It seems an obvious statement, but Rob Holding’s casual tone belies a young man both taking in the vast and eye wateringly swift step-up he’s made professionally and also a person at total ease with the process?

Maz Pacheco

Maz Pacheco plays for England U21s and Reading FC, who she signed with in July after winning the FA WSL 2 League with Doncaster Belles

Taylor Hinds

Taylor Hinds plays as a midfielder for Everton, and has represented England on both the U17s and U19s teams. Having kicked a ball about for as long as she can remember, Taylor credits her parents for seeing talent in her from a young age.

Kaya Pottinger

Having played football for 11 years – Blackburn Rovers for nine of them, and Everton for two – Kaya Pottinger has had a ball at her feet for as long as she can remember.

Ellie Roebuck

From playing with the boys teams at six years old to the Women's World Cup at a mere 19 years old, Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has a destiny in football’s spotlight.

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

Georges-Kévin N’Koudou is new generation all over. Young, diminutive, incredibly quick, skilful and inept on either wing, he’s ready to fulfil a potential that’s on the cusp of being unleashed on the Premier League in 2019.

Pape Souaré

Pape Souaré, of Crystal Palace and Senegal, is a confident dresser. He demonstrated his impeccable fashion taste in an exclusive photoshoot.
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