Freitag, 8. Februar 2019
With this Yugoslavia shirt, the Balkan should be covered, given that shorter lived countries as the Republic of Serbia Krajina never had time to found a national football team.
It also is a good leap forward in terms of completing ex-FIFA shirts. Just the two Germanys, which are super expensive, South Vietnam and South Yemen to go now, I believe. I never focused on getting those shirts, and probably they are nearly all impossible to ever get, but if you have a South Yemen shirt lying around at home, please let me know. Thanks!
vs. Portugal (0:4) | World Cup 1994 qualifier | 1993 in Italy
vs. Sealand (4:1) | friendly 2014 in England
That FA was actually found in England as a vehicle to bring the massive Panjabi community in the UK, Canada, all across Europe and the homelands in India and Pakistan together - on a footbal pitch. They grew significantly and do now regularly pick Pakistan national like goalkeeper Yussef Butt, who are very proudly representing their Panjabi heritage.
Before they grew, though, the FA president Harpreet Singh presented me this matchworn shirt as a gift, which I appreciate a lot. Although a very simple, and for me too simple, designed shirt, it is great to have a piece of history from the early days of the team. Given their much more sophisticated and beautiful current kits, I will, however, definitely try to get hold of one of those in the future. Thanks, Harpreet!
One more shirt that I own for ages, but never uploaded to this blog, as I was not too sure that it is legit. As I now went through all shirt with great care and checked their legitimacy as good as possible, I tend to believe that this one is legit, although I still struggle to find a match picture of it in use. Can you help?
|Edward Chilufya (Mpande Youth)|
vs. Iran (4:2) | friendly 2017 in South Korea
So here you are, the latest Mafro design for Zambia, a wonderful design, although I do not like how they print the front number over the colourful front pattern for matches. Thanks Nick!
|Duong Van Hao (Viettel FC)|
vs. France (0:4) | U20 World Cup 2017 in South Korea
As a part of their involvment, the German globetrotter coach Hans-Jürgen Gede went to Vietnam as a Technical Director and attracted a team of German coaches to support him coaching the various age levels.
I got in touch with Hans-Jürgen Gede around 2017 and exchanged some calls with him, mostly chatting about his time in Vietnam. He is an amazing human being and full of stories from around the world. When they qualified for the U17 World Cup in South Korea, Hans-Jürgen promised me to grab a shirt for me, bring it home and post it to me within Germany. As you can see - he delivered!
Thus, this is shirt is the player version of the U17 World Cup and comes with patches, but was not matchworn, as the name and number are not printed yet. As a little goodie, Hans-Jürgen even got it signed by the whole squad!
Thanks Hans-Jürgen, really appreciate, I love my new Vietnam shirt!
Donnerstag, 7. Februar 2019
Thanks Nick of Football Shirt World for sorting those out - I love the massive star, although I still wonder if it is a Ghana shirt until today.
A bit of an odd one here again. I have this Saudi Arabai shirt for a while now already, but never uploaded it, as I struggled to find a match picture of it. Has anyone ever seen this in use? If so, please let me know and pop me the pic over, so I can properly blog it!
|Jordan Coduri (AFC Penistone Church)|
vs. Ellan Vannin (1:1) | friendly 2018 in Yorkshire
The Yorkshire team is one of the younger ones in CONIFA and they have yet to play a major tournament, even within CONIFA, but they have been incredibly busy and active within their short time of existence. Although a few keep questioning their eligibility or "reason to be a nation", I believe that a common feeling and identity is already a very strong reason to be just that - a nation.
I was lucky enough to get this shirt, which I believe is a player version, but not matchworn, straight from GDZOWN, the shirt supplier of the team, which did an amazing job here. Thanks guys!
Western Sahara is an odd place, even for odd places. It is an overwhelmingly unrecognized country, but, after Kosovo, is the second most recognized of such countries. On the other hand, it is the only of such countries that does not control the vast majority of its claimed territory, which is in fact controlled (or occupied) by Morocco. The government of the RASD (which is the Spanish short handle for Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic) does in fact only control a small nearly depopulated strip of land, which mainly is host to military staff, and refugee camps in Algeria, where the actual Sahrawi population lives. Of course, this is all the result of a tragic, long-going and often very devastating history, but it is surely a very odd unique case in the world.
In said refugee camps, but also within the diaspora in Spain, the government of the RASD started to support football as a sport of choice about a decade ago. However, it took a while to really get off the ground. Now, as of today, the group is ready to play friendlies across Europe and most of Africa at any time, given their serious and professional management and their decent talent spread over two continents. I am very much looking forward to see the team in a big tournament soon, hopefully, and with this dress, which they just adopted, they will look great, too.
In case you wondered, by the way, this shirt was made by a Spanish company called Orlo Sport.
vs. Sapmi (0:3) | CONIFA World Football Cup 2016 in Abkhazia
|Artem Besyedin (Metalist Kharkiv)|
vs. Myanmar | U20 World CUp 2015 in New Zealand
It also is an amazing pinstrip design, a pattern that is used far too less these days in international football, in my opinion. Plus, blue and yellow remains my favorite combination of colours.
There is really not a hell of a lot I could write about Ukraine or this shirt. So I will close this by making you aware that I did one hour of research just to find this shirt in use in the most bizarre possible fixture.
|Philip Obwiny (Express Red Eagles)|
vs. Kenya (1:1) | Castle Cup 2001 in Kenya
Uganda, as far as I am aware, used this shirt on in the 2001 Castle Cup, a four-nation tournament in Eastern Africa that is long gone. They remained unbeaten with it over 90 minutes, only losing to Kenya on penalties. That makes you wonder naturally: This is one of the best shirts that were ever design. It helped them to not concede a single goal while wearing it and thus is a great talisman. And then there is this trend of using all those old design currently. To sum it up:
DEAR HUMMEL - BRING BACK THIS SHIRT (if you want, call it "vintage tribute to 2001" as the others do) NOW!
vs. United Koreans (0:5) | CONIFA World Football Cup 2018 in London
Many expected Tuvalu do lose heavily and get devastated during the tournament, but in fact, the team was in great shape and condition and did much better than many expected. They beat the Chagos Islands 6-1 in a friendly that had to replace the planned match vs. Ellan Vannin, who left the tournament. They also were very close to beating Tamil Eelam, who scored two goals in overtime to get a 4:3 victory in the end. The other matches were lost, but except for a 0:8 against Padania were all not heavy losses, which is a success in itself. A good comparison is probably Tahiti, one of the strongest teams in the Pacific, who played the Confederations Cup in Brazil 2013 and ended their group stage with zero points and 1:24 goals. Tuvalu ended theirs at the CONIFA World Football Cup with zero points and 1:15 goals. You might argue that Spain, Uruguay and Nigeria (Tahitis opponent back then) are slightly better then Padania, Szekely Land and Matabeleland (Tuvalus opponents in London 2018), which is probably true. However, the gap is similar, I believe, given Tahiti is a local powerhouse and has a couple of full and semi-pros, while Tuvalus superstars are a guy famous for being the slowest 100m runner in the last Olympics and a player who played semi-pro football in New Zealand nearly a decade ago. Their opponents, except for Matabeleland, were nearly all paid for playing football and trained daily for years.
The shirt again is from Stingz and is match issued or a player shirt, whatever naming you prefer. It was given to me by the great guys from Stingz, who I can only thank for this one. I love it!