TWO signed football shirts were stolen when burglars broke into a house garage. It happened between 12.15am and 5pm on Friday, February 7, at Thomas Hawksley Park in Sunderland. A Sunderland AFC 2001 home top signed by former manager Roy Keane, was removed from its frame. A green Republic of Ireland football shirt signed by both Roy Keane and club legend Niall Quinn was stolen with a black frame, which has a rectangular brass plaque with the two names at the bottom.
England will wear an all-white kit at this summer´s World Cup finals in Brazil. The traditional blue shorts will be scrapped as the Three Lions prepare to take on Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the group stages. Spain, Argentina, Portugal and Germany are among the other nations who will be dressed neck-to-toe in just one colour, but hosts Brazil appear to have stuck to their iconic yellow shirts and blue shorts combination.
TWO businessmen are teaming up and asking people to donate football shirts to give to some of Brazil?s poorest youngsters. Alan Jones ? father of McFly singer Danny Jones ? is running the scheme at his pub, The Jolly Crofters in Horwich. He has joined forces with Dean Cocozza, who runs a barber shop in Bolton town centre, and so far the two have amassed more than 140 shirts. The collection will end on April 15, when the tops will be sent to young people living in poverty in Brazilian slums, known locally as favelas.
Adidas has fallen foul of the Brazilian government and, following a formal complaint, has pulled a range of World Cup products that were using sex appeal to promote Brazil-themed T-shirts. The Brazilian complaint identified some T-shirts that were being sold on the company´s web site including one with a woman in a bikini on the front and the word ´Brazil´ and an image of Sugar Loaf mountain in the background. Another had the text ´I (heart) Brazil´ with a thong image inside the heart.
A shirt signed by footballing legends has been stolen from a house in Hale Barns. The shirt was signed by Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton, Paddy Crerand and Bill Foulkes, who were all part of the Manchester United team which won the European Cup in 1968. The burglary took place between 12pm on January 29 and 2pm on February 9. Offenders got inside the house and took a number of items, including jewellery, televisions and laptops.
Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter is less than impressed after the club sells him a dodgy shirt. Richard Gough got less than he bargained for when he bought a cut-price shirt from the Wolverhampton Wanderers website. It soon became clear why the folks had Molineux had slashed the price ? the badge was upside down. Lightly miffed, he went to social media to vent his irritation on the club´s official Twitter account...
Gary Neville felt a touch of nostalgia on Saturday morning after stumbling across a raft of classic shirts from his playing days. The former Manchester United right-back took his Twitter followers for a trip down memory lane by giving fans a reminder of which elite stars he went up against during his illustrious career. The star-studded list included Brazilian forward Ronaldo, Roberto Baggio and Argentinian ace Ariel Ortega as well as Italy legend Paolo Maldini- who gave Neville an international top with a personal touch.
Has there ever been such excitement over a pair of socks? As the Socceroos kit for the 2014 World Cup was launched on Monday in Sydney, all eyes were on Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo?s calves. Brought to you by Football Federation Australia and signed off by Nike, the return to white socks will be celebrated as a sign that the football community cares about its own history after all.
Pink is not, for some reason, a popular colour for a football kit. There have been exceptions - a number of Juventus away strips and a migraine-inducing Everton strip from 2010-11. But the new Scotland strip seems to take fuchsia and then combine it with yellow hoops in a fashion statement that demands a reaction. In the world of Twitter, that reaction has been ridicule. The kit has already been compared to old-school British confectionery such as Refreshers, Fruit Salad sweets and Drumsticks.
Scotland?s rhubarb and custard away kit has divided opinion so we turn to our fashion guru for the definitive assessment of the Tartan Army?s new threads. Scotland launched their new away kit on Wednesday, a lurid yellow, pink and white hooped number described by the Scotttish FA as "a fun, modern interpretation of one of Scotland?s most iconic jerseys" and described by everyone else as the football shirt equivalent of a packet of Refreshers. Or a Fruit Salad. Or a Zoom lolly. Or some rhubarb and custard sweets. Or a selection of pear drops. Or a fitting tribute to beloved 1980s puppet character Pob.