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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

21 Aug 2015, 09:45 #51

If only Puma could sign Rodrigo Palacio...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

31 Aug 2016, 19:12 #52

So for fans of the pure whiteness look, two national teams will be playing in one-off kits this week.
Italy with their 2006 anniversary tribute:
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While Denmark now have Hummel making their kits again, and have decided to commemorate it with what the designers call a "blank page":
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

31 Aug 2016, 19:43 #53

mattsanger92 wrote:
what the designers call a "blank page":
This reminds me of that bit in Spinal Tap when the new album has just a plain black cover...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

17 Sep 2016, 13:47 #54

So... anyone heard of a sportswear company called Palm Tree?
During some idle browsing on eBay I came across this with many more 'rare shirts' in the Australian seller's profile, thought it might be of interest that someone's presumably out there making kits for these places for fun, but then a search for the same combination (Niue + Palm Tree) showed that someone in Japan is also selling under the Palm Tree name, but with a different design for the Niue shirt.
Both sellers seem to have a mixture of obscure national team kits from real sources, probably fake kits from possibly real sources (a known brand like AMS but a kit for a team like Biafra which suggests the 'known' AMS kits could actually be fakes), and Palm Tree, which can currently be filed under 'nice hobby, those national teams should get in touch'. Maybe they're all real, maybe they're all fake, probably something inbetween, who knew eBay could be such a brainteaser? Not that I've bought any, just that it's an interesting thing to have found.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

17 Sep 2016, 19:27 #55

At the risk of Geoffing, people like to make money by selling fake stuff, and choosing super-obscure teams to fake probably avoids any serious legal hassle that might come from faking (say) Liverpool or Brazil shirts. Of course, the catch of faking obscure stuff is that usually there is very little demand, unless they are so obscure that that itself becomes a virtue again.
I don't know why they don't just be up front about it and say "this is obviously just a mock up, but for you nerds looking for something quirky to wear it will still do the job just as well".

One of our forum members is/was one of the leading international football shirt collectors, so perhaps he can chip in on that. We will presumably be told that these are terrible fakes and they don't "count" for real collectors and only the genuine contracted manufacturers' shirts count. Though of course, this argument falls down when you see actual national teams wearing the "fake" versions themselves... apparently preferring not to use (or unable to access) the "genuine" ones. And there have been plenty of "genuine" manufacturers' shirts which have never been worn in a real match.
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

30 Sep 2016, 19:09 #56

We have another "idol"...According to Linguasport, during the 1928 Olympic Games match between Argentina and United States: "The US goalkeeper Albert Cooper dressed like a jockey in this game, which caused much hilarity in the crowd".
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

13 Dec 2016, 22:43 #57

So Senegal have dropped the Puma and got themselves a Rastafarian Lion instead...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

07 Jan 2017, 14:13 #58

Mexican club Atlas are taking 'half-and-half' kits a bit further:
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Could have put in more effort with the socks though.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

07 Jan 2017, 19:58 #59

Maybe they took inspiration from an actual atlas, and noted that the globe is half in light and shade.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

20 Jun 2017, 11:43 #60

So of course cookie-cutter kits from the big brands are a thing even for the biggest teams, but you'd think they could put a little more effort in on the international stage...
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

20 Jun 2017, 23:19 #61

They should just go back to the good old days, when African and Asian football was still exotic, and we saw shirts with the country's name written on the front in large letters.
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

22 Jun 2017, 09:11 #62

mattsanger92 wrote:
So of course cookie-cutter kits from the big brands are a thing even for the biggest teams, but you'd think they could put a little more effort in on the international stage...
Very similarly, over the 1990 World Cup, the goalkeeper kits of Czechoslovakia and USA were identical.
nfm24 wrote:
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should just go back to the good old days, when African and Asian
football was still exotic, and we saw shirts with the country's name
written on the front in large letters.
But nothing can beat Bolivia at the 1930 World Cup, with "VIVA URUGUAY" written on their jerseys...
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Kaizeler
Joined: 05 Apr 2012, 14:54

22 Jun 2017, 19:56 #63

I just hope some day Liechtenstein and England line up for a match with identical kits before identical national anthem recordings.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

04 Jul 2017, 11:32 #64

This new Sporting Lisbon away kit has managed to find a bit of innovation... that's a message in braille under the badge and morse code in the hoops:
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

04 Jul 2017, 19:10 #65

Now we know why bad defenders pull players' shirts ... they are checking whether the player is on their own team! This explains a lot of the defending I've seen recently.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

06 Jul 2017, 18:29 #66

More on new club kits for the season ahead, Fiorentina have gone and done the (probably) unprecedented move of having five kits for the season ahead, interesting/excessive idea but design-wise looks like they just used Microsoft Paint on the same template, nothing much innovative there unless they'll be playing in those shorts...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

13 Jul 2017, 16:59 #67

Puma have put themselves up there as one of the more ambitious kit launches of all-time, revealing away kits for 23 clubs at once under a common theme. They call this piece "Step Out of the Shadows" Image (which was probably what Rudi Dassler was telling himself every day):
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

13 Jul 2017, 19:47 #68

Rubbish.
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mattsanger92
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22 Jul 2017, 11:32 #69

A couple of years on from getting the shirt sponsorship of the club, Heaven Shall Burn have now donated that space to the Wacken Foundation, organiser of a German heavy metal festival.
Not sure why something that's only held once a year needs to advertise itself for a whole season (guessing just by their site that they do a bit more than that), but I guess it was an easy decision for them to make with no price attached:
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

22 Jul 2017, 14:07 #70

Learned something new today - apparently those lazy cookie-cutter kits for lower-ranked European national teams by Adidas weren't all in some 'pile it high and design it cheap' scheme for getting as much presence in international football as possible - it still kind of was but it turns out it was more of a charitable venture between them and UEFA called the 'Kit Assistance Scheme', apparently doing it this way saved the 8 participating FAs €300k/year.
But now the contract is being taken over by Macron, who are promising completely unique kits for each team, sounds like it was a decent scheme already but this is a welcome improvement considering even the smallest of African nations are able to get their own designs.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

24 Jul 2017, 20:44 #71

Out of the new kits for this season, for some reason I really like this one from Flamengo:
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Ironic that it was apparently designed by a fan in honour of the Maracana... before the club had a disagreement with the stadium and no longer play there.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

12 Aug 2017, 13:30 #72

mattsanger92 wrote: More on new club kits for the season ahead, Fiorentina have gone and done the (probably) unprecedented move of having five kits for the season ahead
Turkish club Osmanlispor see that and raise them ten (five are GK kits but still):

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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

14 Aug 2017, 00:19 #73

Interesting that "Replacement" is known as "Spare" when he turns his back.  

Also Outfield #1 has a "back", while all other outfield players have a "rear".
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

14 Aug 2017, 17:12 #74

Probably "rear" just refers to the shorts.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

07 Sep 2017, 22:37 #75

Interesting thing from UEFA today talking about colour blindness, nice simple visual of what people with it see regarding kits, although the article would have them seeing double...

As unfortunate as it is for those people though I like variation of colours too much to get completely on board with this scheme (also I've won white v white matches on video games before, not going to pretend it wasn't more difficult though). American sports are all about the 'white v colour jerseys' thing though... either incredible levels of forsight for these situations or just quirky traditions...
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

06 Nov 2017, 20:09 #76

Adidas releasing their range of World Cup kits inspired by the past, set to be combined with a very Soviet font.

At least they avoided falling into their previous trap of including teams in the launch that went on to not qualify for the tournament... they've unveiled similarly-themed kits for Northern Ireland and Sweden but left them out of any photo ops that could come back to bite.

And in interesting observations, saw Chorley FC running out in their FA Cup game tonight with kits made by Ellan Vannin's EV2 brand, apparently they've branched out overseas then.
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Luca
Joined: 09 Feb 2011, 19:58

07 Nov 2017, 19:06 #77

But I presume the Mexican goalkeepers won't wear the legendary multi-coloured Jorge Campos' kits. Shame.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

07 Nov 2017, 22:43 #78

Why hasn't Adidas been shut down by the FBI yet?
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