giovedì 8 dicembre 2016

Hong Kong (2)

HONG KONG 2016 - HOME SHIRT - NIKE (+ SOUTH CHINA 2016 SHIRT (HK CLUB))

Hong Kong national team is growing fast in recent years, thank to a good job of Honk Kong Football Association. A lot of good players born outside the country started playing for national team, and the team performance took off. One of them is Andrew Russell, the friend who accepted to help me in my project. He decided to gift not just one, but two shirts both with his sign on the back!
The first one is Hong Kong national team shirt, from the AYA Bank Cup 2016, which took place in Mynmar in June. The second one is South China shirt, Andrew's team and the most successfull club in HK league history, is from friendly match vs Juventus, played on 30 july 2016!





Iceland (4)

ICELAND 2016 - HOME SHIRT - ERREA

Too easy to support now Iceland, after the great Euro 2016 played in the summer. I am a long time fan of the nordic national team, as evidenced by the 4 shirts I have. The most precious is certainly this, a gift from Iceland defender Birkir Sævarsson. He not only gifted me during last year a Belgium shirt, but this time he replied with his shirt from the match against Turkey (9 October 2016 in Reykjavik, World Cup 2018 qualifiers). Thanks Birkir, you're really a special person!



Vatican City

VATICAN CITY ??? - HOME SHIRT - SELECT

Can't say I am not reaching my goals when focusing on. I had the idea to try adding the glorious Vatican City shirt (one of the few sovereign states not affiliated to FIFA), and I started searching for. I met the former coach of the team, who was king enough to get me in contact directly with the president, mr. Domenico Ruggiero. He was happy to contribute to my project and with the help of the coach sent me directly from Vatican City postal office the great shirt you could see further down. I can't find picture of it in use, but it was told me it should be from late '80s or first '90s, and considering that I have seen pictures of a '90s kit who used the shorts combined with my jersey, dating should be correct.



Libya

Libya 2015/16 - HOME SHIRT - ADIDAS

Considering how difficult was the situation in Libya in recent years, it had been a miracle to add a Libya shirt in my collection. It was the last one missing to have all 54 CAF shirts! I can't thank enough mr. Ali Albussifi, libyan sport journalist actually working in Jordan. He got the shirt from Libya FF members during one of his trip to Tripoli, and sent it to me from Amman. I can't say why the white border on Libya FF badge is smaller than the one seen on team match pictures, but that's it!





Trinidad & Tobago (2)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2013/16 - AWAY SHIRT - JOMA

This shirt had been used during several years by Trinidad and Tobago national team, at various levels. The shirt itself is coming from Radanfah Abu Bakr, football globetrotter, who spend part of his career in Europe with Kruoja (Lithuania), HB Koge (Denmark) and Sillamae Kalev (Estonia, his actual team). He got this jersey during one of his last oversea trip from equipment manager and signed it on the back. The shirt was worn also during Concacaf Under 20 Championship, played in 2015 in Jamaica, cause the patch is present on right sleeve.





domenica 4 dicembre 2016

Uganda (2)

UGANDA 2015/16 - HOME SHIRT - FUFA

Although I could never thank enough the players who have sent me other Ugandan shirts that I own, I could never find a perfect match between my shirt and those seen in photos of the matches.
And when Uganda began using a wonderful red jersey, I decided to try to obtain it. To come to my rescue was Brian Umony (and his friend Fred Lubangakene that helped for shipping), over 30 caps for Uganda, which had provided his jersey worn in the 2-0 win over Botswana in 2015 (played on June 13 in Kampala and valid for Africa Cup of Nations Qualification). After an adventurous journey (in which I also feared to have lost the package despite the tracking code), the shirt has reached its destination!



Scotland (2)

SCOTLAND 2016 - AWAY SHIRT - ADIDAS

I never thought one day I could have a pink Scotland (which I always associated with tartan) jersey in the collection, but it really happened. Blame the marketing! The shirt is worn by Steven Naismith (sub in 2nd half) in the friendly against Italy on 29 May 2016, and swapped after the final whistle with an Italian football player from whom I got it!





Sri Lanka (2)

SRI LANKA 2015/16 - HOME SHIRT - GRAND SPORT

After the first time I saw this shirt in a match streamed online (Sri Lanka vs Bhutan in 2015) I decided I would try to have one sample in my collection. It revealed quite hard, cause seems like Grand Sport (usually available in online marketplace) didn't release this shirt for the supporters. I managed to find a way to obtain one just with the help of mr. Damodaran Chandrasiri, who was working for Football Federation of Sri Lanka. After a lazy (1 month and half) travel, the shirt reached Italy. I think the best part is the lion on the shoulder, relating to Sri Lanka flag.



Cambodia

CAMBODIA 2014 - AWAY SHIRT - FBT

I just forgot to update some pictures of this shirt that I have at home at least since 2 years. I think this kit was used only one time by Cambodian national team, versus Turkmenistan in 2014 (the only match I found pictures of).





Mongolia

MONGOLIA 2016 - HOME SHIRT - MONLINE

This is the last missing shirt from AFC zone, and it reached Italy with the help of mr Enkhjin Batsumber, member of Mongolian FA. This model (or at least a very similar one, considering it has 2 white stripes more on the back - but the white away shirt is exactly like this - manufacturer mistery!!) was used during the preliminary round of EAFF Championship in 2016.



lunedì 22 agosto 2016

Papua New Guinea

PAPUA NEW GUINEA 2016 - HOME SHIRT - (OFC ?)

Finally a PNG shirt! I cursed myself for not buying the Lotto one at the time, and now seems an impossible mission to find a good one. Luckily, I got in contact with miss Linda Wonuhali, senior vice president of PNG Football Association. She is working hard actually cause PNG will host the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in November, but she already found time to send me this great jersey. The shirt had been worn during 2 friendly matches vs Solomon Islands, played in March 2016. Thanks Linda!



Mali (2)

MALI 2016 - HOME SHIRT - AIRNESS

Another Mali shirt, another Airness shirt :D This one is coming from Greece, as it was sent to my mailbox by Ousmane Coulibaly, malian defender playing for Platanias. He did not remember when he got this shirt, probably was just issued and it's the same model as the one used during CHAN 2016.