Freitag, 8. April 2016

Mauritania 2

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 :)