Santa Cruz unveiled their new home and away kits for the 2008-2009 season. Santa Cruz was founded as a football society on February 3, 1914, by eleven boys aging from 14 to 16 years. Because the boys used to play football on the streets by the yard of the Santa Cruz Church, the club was named after that church, which is situated on Santa Cruz Street in Recife. The first official meeting of the members was at 2 Mangueira St. In this meeting they decided the position of each member, the name of the club "Santa Cruz Foot-Ball Club", and society's colours.

The original colours were black and white. Some time after, the colour pattern was changed because another local team (Sport Club Flamengo) already had those colours. Therefore the club included the red colour by suggestion of Teófilo Batista de Carvalho, also known as Lacraia. Lacraia has participated in all major early events of Santa Cruz's history, except the foundation.


Football Collectors from across the world are expected to go to Manchester when a Fabergé Egg tribute to late Manchester United legend George Best goes up for auction. The egg followed a similar sporting tribute to Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic.

The rare egg will feature at a special sale of football memorabilia and is expected to fetch at least £45,000. Auction organiser David Goldemann said: "Fabergé has only ever made tribute eggs to four Westerners - George Best being one. This is a very rare egg and we are really excited to have it at our auction in Manchester. I think it will attract a lot of interest from the serious collectors."

Peter Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia, became renowned for his exquisite series of jewelled Easter eggs, the first commissioned by Alexander III for the Tsarina in 1884. The George best egg was made by his great-grand-daughter Sarah.


Diadora announced its new 3 years sponsorship agreement with Standard Liege, the current champions of the Jupiler League, the Belgian First Division.

The new kits developed for the 2008/09 season in red, white and blue colour way mirrors Diadora’s idea of innovation and style as a winning recipe for success and is the result of the Gamma project: designed like two gammas meeting and complementing each-other, this is the very first project that embraces both uniforms and accessories, from ball to shin-guards, from boots to keeper’s gloves, a total look that speaks of study and development.

Diadora is very happy of this enriching relationship with Standard Liege, a team also known as "Les Rouches" ("The Reds") for the colour of their home shirts, that embodies the essential values Diadora want to communicate when it comes to sports: team spirit, resilience, passion and talent.


Paris Saint-Germain also unveiled their new away shirt for the 2008-09 season made by Nike. The away shirt was mainly white before 1981, then again from 1993. Between these two dates, the blue/red home design was used.

A grey and white shirt (1999-2000) and a crimson shirt (2006-2007) have also been used as away shirts. The 07/08 away strip consists of a white shirt, shorts and socks. The red band mirrors that of the home design. For the 08/09 season they go for a different away look..


Paris Saint-Germain unveiled their new home shirt for the 2008-09 season made by Nike who support the club since 1989. Le Coq Sportif were the original equipment supplier from 1970 to 1975. Adidas took over for the 1975-76 season, before a return to the first brand for 1976-1977. Pony was the supplier in 1977-78, before another joint effort with Le Coq Sportif, from 1978 to 1986. Adidas returned until 1989, at which point Nike took over supply duties, and they remain the equipment supplier to the present day.

Fashion designer Daniel Hechter collaborated with the club in May 1973 to design an iconic shirt which would become a strong symbol of the club. It was composed of a blue shirt with a red central vertical bar framed by white edgings. This shirt was originally in use in 1973-1974 in Division 2. The tone and shade of the red and blue has changed over time, as has the dimension and alignment of the red central band. This shirt is in use to the present day, despite proposed implementations of new designs, with the main reason being the supporters' rejection.


Rot-Weiss Essen unveiled their 08/09 home shirt made by Nike. The kit is sponsored by Sparkasse Essen who signed a 1 year sponsorship deal with the club.

The club was formed as SV Vogelheim on February 1st, 1907 out of the merger of two smaller clubs: SC Preussen and Deutsche Eiche. In 1910, Vogelheim came to an arrangement with Turnerbund Bergeborbeck that allowed the two clubs to field a football side. The footballers left in 1913 to set up their own club, Spiel- und Sportverein Emscher-Vogelheim, which changed its name to Spiel und Sport 1912 after World War I. Finally, in 1923, this side turned again to Turnerbund Bergeborbeck to create Rot-Weiss Essen.

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After agreeing a 12-month shirt sponsorship extension with EasyFit, Walsall unveiled their Home and away kits made by Swift at the Banks's Stadium.

"We are delighted to have EasyFit on board as shirt sponsors for the new campaign," said Commercial Director, Roy Whalley. "EasyFit are the largest conservatory company in the Midlands and they are a Walsall-based company with major links to the local area.

"I would like to thank Mark Gibbins and Paul Wilding for this sponsorship and we are delighted to be working with them again."

After reverting back to the traditional home colours of white shirts and red shorts last season, The Saddlers will once again be sporting these popular colours during the course of the upcoming campaign, with the addition of white socks. The main body of the shirt is white with a smart red piping, mesh panels for a more breathable feel, and a commemorative badge signifying the club's 120th Anniversary.

The away kit will see The Saddlers wearing black for the first time in their history.


Manchester City FC unveiled its new home kit for the 2008/09 season, in association with Official Club Sponsor, Thomas Cook, and Official Sportswear Partner, le coq sportif.

The home strip will be launched at the City Stores at the City of Manchester Stadium and the Arndale Centre, central Manchester, on Saturday 19 July. Please note, following customer feedback on last season’s kits, the sizing guide has been revised and all strips are a more generous fit than in previous years.

The away strip, whose black and red stripes are reminiscent of this year’s Thomas Cook Trophy opponents AC Milan, will be available to order online from Monday 21 July.


Manchester City FC is proud to unveil its new away kit for the forthcoming 2008-09 season, in association with Official Club Sponsor, Thomas Cook, and Official Sportswear Partner, le coq sportif.

This year’s strips are a return to tradition, with the popular red and black stripes for the away shirt, first introduced by Malcolm Allison in 1968 and worn for many of the Club’s victorious domestic and European cup campaigns of the late 60s and early 70s. The new shirts are again amongst the most competitively priced in the Premier League, with prices held from last year at £30 for adults and just £19 for juniors.

The away strip, whose black and red stripes are reminiscent of this year’s Thomas Cook Trophy opponents AC Milan, will be available to order online from Monday 21 July.

Thomas Cook branded third kit and training wear will be available later this summer.