Freitag, 13. März 2015

Switzerland 2

Stéphane Chapuisat (Borussia Dortmund | Germany)
Switzerland vs. Netherlands (0:2) | Euro 1996 in England
This is the second shirt I got as a swap from a German collector for the Uzbek club shirt I sent him. I absolutely love the design and besides that it is always good to remember 1996, which was until recently the only tournament I saw Germany lifting a trophy.
Unfortunately Switzerland was not that successful in that tournament with only winning a single point vs. Scotland.

I quite like the match picture above from the match vs. Netherlands. I really cannot believe that it would still be feasible to play on one ground against each other in those inverse colored shirts. Absolutely amazing idea.

Sierra Leone 2

Sierra Leone vs. Ivory Coast (1:2)
AFCON 2015 qualifiers | 2014 in Ivory Coast
Again a shirt I bought just because I had to take the chance.
I did not get it from AMS directly or Nick this time, but grabbed it from a German collector who sold it for 30€ including shipment as it did not fit him well.
This design surely is even the better one, even though the logo is still just only printed.
Unfortunately it could also not help Sierra Leone to qualify for the AFCON 2015.

Unfortunately I have no idea which player is shown above. The source says it is "Traore Lacina", but there is no one named like that in the Sierra Leone squad. Instead Lacina Traore is another Ivorian player.

Serbia 2

Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio Rome | Italy)
Serbia vs. Germany (1:0) | WC 2010 in South Africa
I just bought that great shirt as a good chance popped up here. I was offered this matchworn U21 shirt by a Serbian collector and only had to pay about 30€ buying it in a bigger bundle.
The design is quite nice and loads better than the plain white one of my old Serbia shirt.
Nevertheless the shirt still reminds me of a very horrible moment in German footballing history - the loss vs. Serbia in the World Cup 2010. This match put loads of pressure on our team that we luckily could withstand leaving the group with Ghana and kicking Serbia out ultimately.
Thanks again "Dresovi" for that great shirt!

Scotland 2

Darren Fletcher (Manchester United | England)
Scotland vs Sweden (0:3) | Euro 2012 qualifier | 2010 in Sweden
As one of my best shirt-mates, Joe, is a Scot I can never enough shirts of "his" team. Besides that Scotland of course always has cracking designs.
This one is the 2010 away version and I got it as a swap from a German collector (together with an old Swiss shirt) for an Uzbek club shirt. So in the end I invested about 30€ for it.
I absolutely love the design as yellow always has been one of my favorite colours and of course the imprinted logo makes it look even great.
I cannot find a good hook to a fun fact about Scotland I learned today, so I will just splash it out. The official national animal of Scotland is... take a seat... the UNICORN. Great! I love the crazy Scots

Saaremaa 2

Martti Pukk (FC Kuressaare)
Saaremaa | Island Games 2007 in Rhodes
All my thanks go again to the Saaremaa legend Martti Pukk for this brilliant shirt! It is the second Saaremaa shirt I have and of course also the second one which is matchworn.
Again they just used the last seasons shirt of the local Estonian pro club FC Kuressaare to play in the Island Games. In this year, 2007, they not even bothered to change the print, but just stitched a yellow bar over the original name print as you can see clearly on the pic.
The shirt again came for a very fair 35€ including shipping to me. Thanks Martti!

Republic of Ireland

Liam Miller (Sunderland AFC | England)
Ireland vs Wales (2:2) | Euro 2008 qualifiers | 2007 in Ireland

FINALLY I could add Ireland to my collection. I am waiting for a proper Ireland shirt for ages now.
Until today I always had a huge problem to buy an Ireland shirt as in my eyes one of the big benefits of international football is that it is about passion, love and pride for your country and not the big money. This is usually reflected in the fact that shirts are generally unsponsored and sponsoring is even forbidden on national team shirts in matches.
However, the Republic of Ireland decided to not follow the worldwide strategy to be "non-commercial", but is instead trying to advert their main sponsor on all of their sold shirts for ages now. Even shirts from the 90s are sponsored!
Of course this does not make the shirt any cheaper for the fans. It just makes the FA a bit richer probably, because thousands of people are carrying around a logo of the sponsor for free.
All that led to the fact that I had to get a matchworn or at least issued shirt to cover Ireland and not to support their sponsoring strategy.
So this one is matchworn by the Irish U21 and was bought on eBay for around 50€ including shipment straight from Ireland.

Now back to the team: I absolutely love the Irish team and especially their fans and highly favorited them during their time with Trappatoni. You have to love a limited team that meets an anti-football loving coach. The combination often leads to glory and also did so for Ireland qualifiying for the Euros 2012 after felt ages without any major tournament. Unfortunately they did not well too good in a tough group and went out winless.
However, the spirit and the amazing fans have been absolutely fantastic!

Padania 2

Padania vs. Abkhazia (3:3)
World Football Cup 2014, Sweden

This shirt is not only "another" Padania shirt, but it represents a whole new team.
While the "old" Padania team was mainly governed and driven by Lega Nord and their members this one is based on pure localism and driven by passionated people who are working hard to leave any political sidetones out of football.
For that reason the team also chose the "other flag" that represents the region and people of the Po Valley and is not, as the flag the old Padanian team used, a party symbol. The flag is better known for England, but it also traditionally used by the Padanians.
The shirt was a gift I got during the last ConIFA Annual General Meeting in Skopje in January 2015. I much prefer that shirt for being much more neutral than the old one and of course because I helped this "new" team to play their first ever tournament - the ConIFA World Football Cup 2014 in Sweden.
The player Innocenti was by far the best goalscorer of the team, which is the reason I chose his number.
I also put up a second picture of the shirt in use here as it shows the player who got most attention during the World Football Cup 2014. You might recognize he is looking like the best known Italian player nowadays - Mario Balotelli - and in fact it is his brother Enoch Barwuah.
He did well for Padania and also scored a couple of goals. Besides that media went really crazy about him and the story of the "other Balotelli at the other World Cup".