Soccer leaves footprint on London Underground map

Next stop, Alf Ramsey. Mind the gap.

Wembley Park and the other 366 stations on the London

Underground map have been renamed after soccer’s biggest names on a

commemorative edition to mark the 150th anniversaries of both the

English Football Association and the capital’s transit network.

Ramsey presided over England’s greatest soccer moment at Wembley

as manager of the 1966 World Cup-winning team. Leytonstone has been

renamed ”David Beckham” in recognition of the former England

captain’s birthplace.

Renowned overseas players also appear, with the Circle Line

featuring ”Giants of the World Cup.” Also featured are Pele,

Diego Maradona and Michel Platini.

Designed by Harry Beck in 1933 and inspired by electric circuit

diagrams, the Tube map is considered one of the most successful

pieces of visual design in history.

”Football and London Underground have always been closely

linked – from the early days of the game, to jubilant fans

travelling to and from Wembley on the Jubilee line and the hundreds

of thousands that use the network to get to games every weekend

today,” London Underground chief operating officer Phil Hufton

said.