venerdì 28 giugno 2019

Morocco (3)

MOROCCO 2018/19 - AWAY SHIRT - ADIDAS

Match issued shirt for Youssef Ait Bennasser, as worn during World Cup 2018 and Afcon 2019 qualifiers. It's coming directly from a member of Moroccan FA.





Montenegro (2)

MONTENEGRO 2018/19 - HOME SHIRT - LEGEA

Classic home shirt of Montenegro, it's an official replica obtained from Montenegro FA. The odd thing is that I sent them an email a while ago, they never replied but delivered a box with the shirt and the shorts!




lunedì 25 marzo 2019

Nigeria (2)

NIGERIA 1994 - AWAY SHIRT - ADIDAS

The odd part of collecting shirt: you search for years a shirt, never sold anywhere. Then in a couple of weeks you find a former player willing to let his old shirt join your collection, and finally you receive it in mint condition! This beauty it's the jersey used by Fuludu Edema during AFCON 1994, just a couple of months before WC 1994. It's the same model worn in USAm but with red numbers. Surely a masterpiece for my collection.






United States Virgin Islands (2)

USVI 2011 - HOME SHIRT - SQUADRA

Another nice piece of caribbean football history is coming into my collection. USVI shirt before Admiral were always hard to find, so I did not have many hopes to find one of these around. I come in contact with mr Shumba Bailey, USVI Soccer Federation general secretary, and he literally threw out this shirt from the storage room! One of my favourite ever!





Curacao (2)

CURACAO 2018/19 - HOME SHIRT - NIKE

Curacao will soon play its 2nd consecutive Gold Cup, confirming to be one of the best emerging team in Concacaf zone. I struggles a bit to get my hands on one of the last Curacao kit, until I find mr Alexander Molina, Curacao technical director and one of the brain of the Federashon Futbol Korsou. After chatting a bit, he asked the kitman for an issued shirt of the national team, and it comes complete with Nations League patch on the sleeve!







Oman (3)

OMAN 2017/18 - HOME SHIRT - TAJ

Another match worn, and it's never easy when you are speaking of asian countries. I managed someway to get in contact with Raed Ibrahim Saleh Al-Mukhaini, who is playing since 2017 in Malta and speaks good english. After a recent trip home for some friendly matches he bring back this shirt and sent to me!


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Grenada (2)

GRENADA 2004 - HOME SHIRT - ADMIRAL

It's never easy finding old caribbean shirts, as those tend to be used and worn till going in garbage can. I was lucky enough the president of Grenada FA mr Joseph Cheney has still one of this sample at home and accepted to donate it for my collection. This kit was used for sure in WC 2006 first round vs Guyana, as the picture below is from that match, but probably even in some other from the same period. Sadly, it's hard to find pics nowadays.


Comoros (2)

COMOROS 2016/17 - HOME SHIRT - MAANA SPORT

My second Comoros shirt is one of the bext example of how little kit manufacturer could provide nice shirts to national teams. The jersey was provided by the owner of Maana Sport, and he is also part of Comoros FA. This shirt is issued for Ahmed Mogni.



Qatar (2)

QATAR 2008/10 - HOME SHIRT - BURRDA

This shirt is indeed the same as my previous Qatar one, but it's a match shirt from the friendly played in Sarajevo in 2010 vs Bosnia Herzegovina (1-1). Qatar was at the time managed by the legendary coach Bruno Metsu, but I am yet to determine which player worn this shirt. I have to thank my bosnian friend Brizzo for providing me this!





lunedì 17 dicembre 2018

Solomon Islands (2)

SOLOMON ISLANDS 2016/7 - HOME SHIRT - BOCINI

It's always great and at the same time hard getting shirts from Oceania. This is indeed an historical one, first because it's coming from Benjamin "Benji" Totori, one of the best players ever for Solomon Islands. Second, because it was used during World Cup 2018 qualifiers (you could spot, it missed 1 patch that was torn away), when the team reached the final stage before losing to New Zealand.



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Liechtenstein (3)

LIECHTENSTEIN 2018 - HOME SHIRT - MACRON

This is my 3rd Liechtenstein shirt, and probably the last one! The player who donated this one, Michele Polverino, has Italian descendants and even played in Italy for season, during 2005/06 in Olbia.
The shirt is from one of the last 2 Nations League matches (Macedonia or Gibraltar) and it's also with autograph.



Nicaragua (2)

NICARAGUA 2017/18 - HOME SHIRT - JOMA

For some odd reason, Nicaragua had always been a drama to find an official shirt around. They are playing quite often and even in ranked tournament, but their shirt is not widely available, I would instead say it's the hardest one in central America. Not many Nicaraguan players are played outward the country, but one of them is playing for Birkirkara FC, a team from Malta. His name is Carlos Chavarria, and I managed to get in contact with him and ask him if he still has a jersey. He had one, but being busy with training and matches he struggled to send in Italy. I asked help to Kenneth Formosa, a Maltese friend and collector, who visited Carlos and got the shirt for me! The shirt had originally Copa Centroamericana patch on the sleeve, that unfortunately went lost during shipment. I still hope Carlos will found it somewhere in his house :D