Sonntag, 20. Oktober 2013


Deon Barton (Barnsley FC / England)
Jamaica vs. Brazil (0:1) | Gold Cup 1998 in USA
Another shirt from a German collector here! A lot of thanks for that go to Andreas, whom I met on Facebook. There some day popped up a German shirt collecting group where I also met Christian (the one that sourced Belarus for me). I do not remember who invited me to that group and most people there are focussing on bizarre club shirts, but sometimes I am able to grab a shirt there, too ;)
The shirt itself cost me 21€ including shipment which is quite a reasonable price. And it is a pretty special shirt to me: The first World Cup I fully followed was the 1998 France World Cup. After the EURO win of Germany in 1996 I had quite huge expectations, which have not been met unfortunately. Anyways, besides the disappointment of Germanys performance I realized that a World Cup, in opposite to most EUROs, gives some "exotic" footballing minors the chance to play on the huge stage.
Obviously I loved that and got a HUGE Jamaica fan. Probably that is the reason why I am still sure that Usain did never dope...
Well, the shirt I got now is exactly the desing my favorites during that tournament wore. An outstanding design from Kappa!
In addition to a great design they seemed to have a great picture choreographer. Just look at the picture above. What did their choreographer tell them: "Guys in front, look relax and cool, guys in the back: Look dangerous." ? It must have been something like that!


Belarus vs. Finland (0:1) | WC 2014 qualifier | 2013 in Finland
Thanks loads to Christian, a German football shirt collector, who got me that shirt! I really appreciate it a lot. The design is a classic Adidas shirt used in 2013. As far as Christian told me that shirt came from someone living in Minsk, who just bought it at the national stadium for 400000 Belorussian Rubels (according to the sale sign).
I just met Christian in person in Siegen for a quick meeting. I swapped my spare Faroe shirt to get this rarity. I am pretty sure both of us can be very happy with that swap as those are obviously some of the rarest shirts inside UEFA. Unfortunately we did not find an open coffee bar or simple bar in Siegen (we both are not coming from Siegen!) and thus we postponed a drink together. I am very much looking forward to meet you for a proper beer in Cologne!

Back to topic: If you love Belarus (how can you not love the only left European dictatorship ? ) there are basically 2 possibilities to show that:
1. Wear this great shirt all day long
2. Sing a song that very subtile shows everybody that you love Belarus and sing it on a European stage: