Freitag, 8. April 2016

Mauritania 3

Ismail Diakite (CS Hammam-Lif, Tunisia)
Mauritania vs. Senegal (2:0),  CHAN 2014 qualifiers, 2013 in Mauritania
The shirt is plain, but nice, and it is the first shirt of Mauritania I can surely say they really wore exactly as it is! So, after two odd shirts, I can finally cross out Mauritania ultimately.
Mauritania is one of the rising stars in Africa and the picture above just is a kind of proof for that! Even though it was just on the CHAN level, where only African club based players are allowed, the win vs. Senegal and the resulting qualification for the CHAN was a huge success and surprise.
However, in the CHAN itself, they did not perform exactly well, losing all their group stage matches unfortunately. But still, I am quite sure that we will hear more of Mauritania in the future football-wise!

The story how I came to this shirt is rather strange as well. FFRIM, the Mauritanian FA, decided to sell shirts locally in Nouakchott a few years ago, but did not agree to sell them internationally unfortunately. After years of trying to get any contact in Nouakchott or anyone else willing to get me such a shirt from the shop, which all failed, the Mauritanian FA realised that no one buys their shirt locally. So they must have shipped back a huge number of those shirts to Adidas, the manufacturer. And Adidas, who did not really see a market for them in their shops, just splashed them out in their German outlets, who are all placed in the literally nowhere. However, my contacts in Germany are much better and I really found someone who was willing to drive an hour to go to an outlet and buy me a whole lot of those shirts. Summing up the "extra" I paid my mate for the service the shirt came for approximately 30€ in the end, including the shipping to my place. Thanks again FFRIM, Adidas and to the German pick-up guy for making this one possible!

Donnerstag, 7. April 2016


Greenland national team 2015
This shirt is just wow and I am absolutely pleased getting this beauty made by Kelme. The story about this is very nice indeed as I kindly asked the general secretary of GBU if I can get a shirt of the team.
Mr. General Secretary of the GBU told me it is no problem to give me a shirt and he will ask kelme directly to send me one. Indeed, only a couple of minutes later, he wrote a message to the kelme manager for Denmark, Mr Henrik Schiermacher and copied me in.
Mr Schiermacher directly promised to help me and my collection out and indeed send me this beauty made by kelme. I am very pleased to, in this way, get my very first kelme to the collection, especially as I honestly admire Greenland and their football team a lot.
I really hope the GBU will once finally be accepted to UEFA and FIFA as they surely deserve it, having the same status as the Faroe Islands for example.

Thanks again to the general secretary of GBU and of course Mr Schiermacher for their amazing support! I will surely keep this shirt in a good place and will put it in a prominent position in further exhibitions :)

Samstag, 6. Februar 2016


Tanzania vs. Algeria (0:7) | WC 2018 qualifiers | 2015 in Algeria

If you ever spent some hours browsing ebay for rare national team shirts you might now wonder why it took so long and why it is a "no name shirt" and not one of the many Adidas or "Skies" shirts around.
The answer is simple: All the shirts you constantly see on ebay are fakes. None of those shirts have ever been worn by the Taifa Stars and some clever businessman are just making money by simply buying a blue Adidas template and heatpressing a Tanzanian flag (or FA logo) on it. Even worse, "Skies" never equipped any team in the world and is a pure "knockoff" or, more friendly said, "supporters wear" company.
To avoid knock-offs, but also to make some extra money selling shirts and being able to sell them for a price locals can afford, the Tanzanian FA is now using custom-made "no name" shirts.
If you ask me, this is a totally legit and very desirable fact if it leads to shirt-suited fans in the stadium and cheap local retail prices and/or better availability.

However, one problem remains for the interested collector. The Tanzanian FA does not yet have a running webshop selling globally. Over the last year I have written numberless emails to the Tanzanian FA of which most probably just landed in the "spam filter box". So I thought I will start something new, which couldn't be older. I just printed out my friendly letter, asking for assistance to get an official shirt, and sent it straight to Tanzania by "snail mail".
A few weeks later I got an email from Dar Es Salaam, where my mail was given to the right person. The merchandising director got in touch with me digitally and after some days of chatting on WhatsApp he agreed to send me a free shirt for my collection as a gift of TFF.
This, to me, is absolutely amazing as I think I am one of a very few collectors that now got a Tanzania shirt, which is not a knock-off of some kind. I got the real deal and I got it straight from the amazing guys of the Tanzanian FA!
After 4 weeks waiting for my parcel I hold this "no name"-beauty in my hand now! Thank you TFF! Thank you Taifa Stars!


Marek Hamsik (Napoli | ITA)
Slovakia vs. Ireland (0:0) | Euro 2012 qualifiers | 2011 in Ireland
Time to tick off my last real "open spot" in UEFA! The only one I am missing now is the Netherlands, and as regular readers will know, this is by purpose and will stay like it is until the very end.
However, I always wanted a Slovakia shirt, but somehow could never find any for a decent price and wasn't really willing to pay 70€ or more on ebay. Well, now I just had to get one to advance and splashed out 60€ including shipping (from the USA) for this quite simply designed shirt.
So, one step more taken, woohoo!

Russia 2

Viktor Fayzulin (Zenit)
Russia vs. Sweden (1:1) | Euro 2016 qualifier | 2015 in Sweden
Thanks again go to Kris, my German collector friend from Frankfurt. He gave me this very current Russia shirt as a gift when I visited him last month! Thanks Kris, I love that design a lot and it is even better than my old Russia shirt.
I also want to thank the Russian FA in those lines for the fact that they are one of the very last teams that is able to force Adidas to make a great shirt design!

Mauritania 2

Another shirt that has a strange story behind it. This Mauritania shirt was offered in shops in Noukchott and definitely comes straight from the FA. However, they failed to sell it out and returned some of their shirts to the maker, Adidas. Adidas again saw only one chance to get rid off those pieces of polyester and put them in their outlet shop for a bargain price.
There it was purchased by a fellow collector, who sold it to me again for as little as 25€, shipping included already.
I am not sure if Mauritania ever used this shirt in any official match, but as it is a design that was advertised and sold by the Mauritanian FA it is as "good as it can get" currently and, together with the other Mauritania shirt I have, I can finally definitely consider Mauritania as "done"!

Malta 4

I absolutely fell in love with this shirt, even though it brought me close to bancruptcy. Actually I was totally out of money, when I got a notice from ebay that I have won an auction that I totally forgot. I just bid the minimum and somehow won that shirt for as little as 40€ including shipping, which is more than fair for a matchworn shirt with a design that was only ever worn in a single match!
Unfortunately I could not find a picture of the shirt in use and the auction was too long ago to still "steal it" there. Can anyone help?