The incredible favela Subbuteo stadium with real graffiti

Here at The Hobby we have seen some unique Subbuteo stadiums in the last five years. Remember the man who built a Subbuteo desk? Or a Subbuteo Futsal stadium?

Well the latest mini Subbuteo build from the brilliant mind of David Riddle has arrived and it recreates one of the most iconic football arenas ever – the place that has spawned hundreds of top class footballers.

He has created an incredible small-sided Subbuteo pitch complete with Brazilian favela surroundings. The favelas are colourful neighbourhoods in Brazilian cities adorned with bright colours, stunning graffiti art and plenty of budding young footballers who learn the famous Brazilian street skills that the world’s best flair players possess.

The pitch is designed by David and the excellent Gary at SA Bases, who has created plenty of stunning pitches that have appeared on this blog. The favela buildings are hand crafted from models used in war games and the hand-painted graffiti is based on real artwork.

David says: “A lot of the graffiti is this guy, a real graffiti artist in the favelas. All hand painted with kind of ‘decoupage’ graffiti.”

The detail on the favela is superb, with floodlight, plants and even individual brickwork adding to the effect. The pitch itself features a cracked concrete design with high walls featuring more artwork, as well as decrepit dugouts for wannabe managers.

Thanks to David for sharing his creation.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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