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



British Virgin Islands (2)

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2011/15 - HOME SHIRT - ADIDAS

I always liked the main colour of BVI shirt, and despite I was lucky enough to have one when it was almost impossible to get, I got a plain white one :D
So during the years I tried to find an home shirt, and it happened to write to Nano Ottley, who collected some caps for the "Nature Boyz" during the last years.
He still had one old shirt at home, and managed someway to send it in Italy. Thank you Nano!





Guyana (2)

GUYANA 2015/18 - HOME SHIRT - ADMIRAL

My second Guyana jersey is indeed quite identical to the other one I have, but there are 2 main differences: this one is missing the jaguar on the sleeve (present only on replica jersey for some odd reason) and, linked to that, this shirt is worn by the team. It's coming from Walter Moore, who actually is spending his career in Finland. I was longtime in contact with him, and finally he managed to get this jersey, used by various players including probably himself in some matches during last years (friendlies and WC qualifiers).



venerdì 19 ottobre 2018

Andorra (2)

ANDORRA 2018 - THIRD SHIRT - MACRON

My first Nations League shirt comes again from Latvia, thanks to the longtime friend playing for Baltic national team. He swapped this shirt after their game vs Andorra and prompty sent it to my well known address. Number 17 was Joan Cervos in the first historical match of this new tournament!



Dominican Republic (2)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2018 - AWAY SHIRT - NO BRAND

Rare Dominican Republic jersey, provided by actual coach Orlando Capellino. It's a spare issued unworn shirt, as the numbers go from 1 to 23 during matches, but they assembled a couple more in case of need.


Egypt (2)

EGYPT 2006 - AWAY SHIRT - PUMA

Rare match worn Egypt shirt, purchased from a fellow collector that got a bunch of shirts from a former coach (he was assistant coach for Egypt, too). This shirt was worn by Egypt during AFCON 2006, number 6 in the list was Wael Gomaa (and that's the name on the back before the stamp "Egypt" was put on to reuse it. A small piece of history.


Dominica (4)

DOMINICA 2010/11 - THIRD SHIRT - ADMIRAL

As I still trying to find a photo of this shirt in use, I am starting to suppose that this was a 3rd kit never used by the team in official matches. Happy to be wrong, if someone find pics or videos!

Dominica (3)

DOMINICA 2010 - AWAY SHIRT - ADMIRAL

Also this shirt is from 2010, used in several match of Caribbean Cup, and later on as away shirt for WC 2014 qualifiers (but team always played in green, except for a friendly vs SVG when this shirt with patches had been worn).


Dominica (2)

DOMINICA 2009/10 - HOME SHIRT - ADMIRAL

First shirt from a bunch of 3 that I managed to get from a friend on the island, this is dated around 2010, for sure in a friendly vs Barbados.


Chinese Taipei (2)

CHINESE TAIPEI 2015/18 - AWAY SHIRT - TOR STAR

This shirt comes from the youngest player I have ever contacted, as Will Donkin was born on 26th December 2000 in Oxford to an English father and a Taiwanese mother. So he was called to represent Taiwan at junior and senior level, and he played his first game in November 2017. I don't know from which match comes this shirt, but it was send directly from Will's hands! For those noticing the strange red shade on the chest stamp, I think probably the shirt faded a bit after washing :)