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Jimmy Snuka “Superfly”
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka grew up a Fijian prince, only to leave paradise for the shores of the Western markets. Later in life, the 1980s, when Jimmy was one of America’s greatest professional wrestlers, his regal qualities continued to shine through: power and grace, humility and majesty. Towards the conclusion of his ring battles, the character Superfly would float through the air with the greatest of ease, to pile-drive his opponents into total submission. Directed by Anthony Blasko
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The Legend of Panther Girl
The life of Ann Casey, a once mythic figure on the budding women’s wrestling circuit of the Sixties and Seventies, is the stuff of pulp-fiction dreams. Born in rural Alabama, she escaped abuse and poverty to become one of the most glamorous and fierce wrestlers in the country. Casey’s path to The Belt was strewn with crooked fighters, promoters and managers. She kissed Elvis, survived an assassination attempt, and died on an operating table before becoming a champion. Her long, strange tale is undeniable and unforgettable. Words by Jeff Maysh. Illustrations by Benjamin Marra.
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The Boys from Donetsk

FC Shakhtar Donetsk is one of the most successful football clubs in Europe—its youth academy among the finest in the world. But Shakhtar’s very existence and identity has been ripped apart by Ukraine’s ongoing civil conflict. The club, founded in 1936 by miners in the eastern Donbass region, has been forced to split itself into three separate camps hundreds of miles from home, leaving Shakhtar in both literal and spiritual exile. The forced migration has posed some questions. Can an internationally renowned club’s players, trainees, and staff, carry on with business as usual during a time of great uncertainty and unrest? And also: will soccer’s global marketplace save Shakhtar’s soul—or bury it? Photos by Boogie and words by Peter Macia

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Texas Six
Deep in the heart of Lone Star, Friday night’s gridiron lights burn brightly—even amid the quietude of desolate places. It was for these communities that six-man football was created, towns too small for eleven-on-eleven. Filmmaker Nicholas Strini followed two teams fighting to experience the glory of “State,” and the chance to make history. Size is secondary.
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Athleta Original
In the Belenzinho neighborhood on the outskirts of Sao Paolo stands a memorial to the Brasil national futebol team’s exceptional style: the place that made the globally recognized canarinho uniforms of A Seleção. It once housed the nation’s greatest sporting apparel maker, a global brand, dressing not only every club Pele played for, but also the World Cup champions of 1958, 1962 and — the greatest of all-time — 1970. Though the factory now stands still, photographer Anthony Blasko’s visit uncovered abundant evidence of the beautiful games and players it clothed.
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