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Some stolen Dumbarton FC shirts were on Ebay recently, but now Dumbarton FC officially launched the new home and away strips for the 2008-09 season, from new supplier Surridge. Fergus Tiernan, Michael Dunlop, David McEwan, Mark McGeown, Gordon Lennon and Paul Keegan were the models for a series of photographs.

Meanwhile the strips were selling like hot cakes to the 100 or so Sons fans who attended the launch and an open training session. The strips are available now at the stadium during normal opening hours and on match days, and can be ordered online.

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Torquay United unveiled the new away kit for the 2008-09 season made by Vandanel. Both the home and away kits are now sponsored by City Link Builders who have invested heavily in Torquay United as the company has also put major funds into the Youth Department.

Adult shirts are priced at £39.99, Youth shirts £29.99

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Cardiff City will run out in two specially prepared Portugal tour shirts during pre-season. As modelled here by Stephen McPhail, the first of the two Joma shirts featuring the Vansdirect logo will be worn by the squad for the Setubal game on Saturday, then at the Algarve Challenge Cup next week.

Please note that these shirts are NOT the official shirts for the 2008/09 season, but have been graciously provided by Joma for the duration of the tour. The official home shirt will be physically unveiled at Ninian Park for our pre-season encounter in the Vansdirect Trophy with Ajax on Friday August 1st.

Cardiff City today officially revealed the first glimpse of the new Joma manufactured Cardiff City shirt for the 2008/09 season. (see below)

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Queens Park Rangers Football Club revealed the new third kit for the 2008-09 season made by lotto. The unveiling of the strip, which will be worn by the R's First Team squad in the opening pre-season friendly of the campaign against Stevenage Borough on Saturday, follows hot on the heels of the brand-new collection of the Lotto Sport Italia home kit which was revealed at the start of the month.

QPR Player / Coach, Gareth Ainsworth, who modelled the shirt at a recent photo-shoot, said: "Black strips always look really smart and Lotto have done a fantastic job with the materials and the cut of the shirt."

Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky echoed Ainsworth's sentiments, commenting: "The players love the shirt.

"The home strip is symbolic of Queens Park Rangers Football Club with the Blue and White Hoops on show, but this is a great alternative."

Deputy Commercial & Marketing Director, David Orman, said: "The third kit is back by popular demand and we're really delighted with it.

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The energy company AREVA will be the main sponsor and shirt sponsor for 1. FC Nürnberg in the coming season 2008/2009. The deal brokered by SPORTFIVE is a long-term one which covers both first-and second-division competition in Germany's Bundesliga.

AREVA's commitment to 1. FC Nürnberg is designed to help the company achieve greater popularity in Germany. AREVA is the world leader in the field of nuclear technology and also builds power stations for the generation of renewable forms of energy, current transfer and distribution.

And that corresponds well with the clearly formulated aims of 1. FC Nürnberg to collaborate with a strong regional sponsor interested in a long-term commitment.

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Fans were waiting patiently to discover the latest Lille OSC equipment from Canterbury and they were rewarded. During the team presentation for the 2008-2009 season, Lille have revealed the new LOSC 08/09 home, away and 3rd kits made by Canterbury.

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During a press conference Udinese presented its new Home, Away and 3rd kits that the Bianconeri will wear in the 2008/09 season. Made by Lotto, the kits were worn for the occasion by Simone Pepe, Antonio Floro Flores and Giovanni Pasquale.

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Middlesbrough unveiled the 08-09 away kit made by Errea. The new shirt sees a return of the blue and black vertical stripes that were so popular with the club's supporters in the early 1970s.

Featuring black shorts and socks with a blue trim, the new kit will make its Boro debut when Gareth Southgate's team take on York City at Kit Kat Crescent on Friday night (July 18, 7.30pm).

All sizes of shirts, shorts and socks are available of the new away strip and the new-look home kit that has proved a huge success says its launch in May when Boro hammered Manchester City 8-1.

Prices remain the same for a seventh successive year, with adult shirts priced £40 apart from small sizes, which are just £35. Children's sizes are £26 and £30.

Palmeiras launched its new 08/09 Home football kit made by adidas. Palmeiras was founded by Luigi Cervo, Vicenzo Ragognetti, Luigi Emanuele Marzo and Ezequiel Simone, four Italian men who were members of the Italian-speaking community of São Paulo in 1914 and was initially named Società Sportiva Palestra Italia.

Its original colours were red, white and green (those of Italy). The name change occurred during World War II. Brazil entered the war supporting the allies and its dictatorship forced Palestra Italia to change its name because of the reference to Italy.

The original badge (a white ornamental "P" in a shield) is still present in the current one and the club has used red as a third colour (mostly in friendly games during the club's 75th anniversary). Palmeiras have played in blue shirts twice as a tribute to the Italian National Team.
 

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Only a Game? – a cultural, fun and educational UEFA exhibition that draws a parallel between the history of European football and that of the European Union – is heading to the United Kingdom. The exhibition will be based at the World Museum in Liverpool from this October until February 2009.

It features a set of giant table-football figures and an interactive sphere which uses teams competing in the Champions League as locations for a hi-tech geography lesson. Memorabilia on show includes shirts, medals and trophies of great European players such as former Reds captain Phil Neal, and items from the official Everton FC Collection and Liverpool FC’s museum.

Liverpool's passion
Bolstered by its success in Brussels, the Only a Game? exposition will soon be crossing the Channel to spend the winter on Merseyside. Liverpool was anything but a random choice: not only does the city in north-west England have an inherent passion for football, being the proud home to Everton FC and Liverpool FC, two clubs of mythical proportions; but Liverpool is also a 2008 European Capital of Culture.