Rudolf and Adolf Dassler

Pele stopped the referee with a last-second request to tie his shoelaces at the opening whistle of a 1970 World Cup finals match and then knelt down to give millions of television viewers a close-up of his Pumas

The Brazilian was complying with a request by Puma's representative Hans Henningsen to raise the German sports shoe company's profile after they gave him $120,000 to wear their boots.

The clandestine advertising for Puma was a huge triumph for the company over hated cross-town rivals Adidas in the early days of the war for market supremacy in sports merchandise.

Barbara Smit, a Dutch author and journalist, has spent five years trawling the archives of the Adidas and Puma headquarters in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach to research Rudolf and Adolf Dassler -- brothers who started making sports shoes in their mother's laundry room in the 1920s before becoming sport and business giants.

 Signatures include Manager Steve Coppell, James Harper, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Doyle, Steve Sidwell and many more

In february 2007 this Reading FC igned shirt was sold for £1,171.79 for charity. the seller added the following information:

You are bidding for a signed Reading Football Club home Premiership shirt. The shirt incorporates the Premier League badges and 16 signatures.

Signatures include Manager Steve Coppell, James Harper, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Doyle, Steve Sidwell and many more. All signatures are on the front of the shirt which makes it ideal for framing. Every penny of the highest bid will go direct to Cancer Research UK.

 

 

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West Ham United have signed a shirt sponsorship deal with XL, a charter airline with links to Iceland, beginning from the start of next season. XL will pay the Barclays Premiership club about £2.5 million a season, more than three times the value of their present deal with Jobserve.

It is thought that the deal has contingencies in the event that the club are relegated at the end of the season. The London club announced in October that Umbro will be their new kit manufacturers from next season.

 Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said the club will soon sign the biggest shirt sponsorship contract in world soccer.

MADRID, Spain (AP) -Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon said the club will soon sign the biggest shirt sponsorship contract in world soccer.

Calderon did not name the new sponsor, which will replace BenQ, the German handset business of Taiwan's BenQ Corp. which has gone bankrupt.

He gave no details of the amount involved.

"Now we have to change sponsor. In a week, we will sign for a sum which is unequaled by anyone," Calderon was quoted as saying by daily El Pais on Tuesday.

 AUTHENTIC HUMMEL 1991 SPURS FA CUP FINAL PLAYERS JERSEY SHIRT. THIS IS A RARE SHIRT AS SPURS WENT ON TO USE UMBRO SHIRTS IN THE FINAL.

 

In February 2007 an 1991 Tottenham Hotspur hummel FA cup Final playershirt was sold on ebay for £608.00

The spurs did not used this shirt in the final as they played in a umbro outfit ( the start of the groundbreaking umbro shorts), which makes it a quit interesting shirt.

also sold at auction was an 1986 spurs hummel replica and an 1982  Le coq Sportif spurs jacket.

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  adidas remains convinced that the existing agreement was effectively extended in August 2006 until at least 2014. This has been confirmed to adidas by a group of experts comprising internal and external specialist lawyers and law professors

Herzogenaurach, February, 2007 – As agreed on January 30, adidas submitted its legal position to the German Football Association (DFB).

Following detailed examination of the expert opinion commissioned by DFB, adidas remains convinced that the existing agreement was effectively extended in August 2006 until at least 2014.

This has been confirmed to adidas by a group of experts comprising internal and external specialist lawyers and law professors. adidas and DFB will continue their talks in the near future, as agreed, in order to work on a solution to this issue in a spirit of partnership.

Patrick Dewael, the Belgian minister of the Interior, has forbidden the wearing of football shirts displaying the numbers 18 and 88. Patrick Dewael, the Belgian minister of the Interior, has forbidden the wearing of football shirts displaying the numbers 18 and 88.

According to the Liberal minister the number 18 stands for "Adolf Hitler" and the number 88 for "Heil Hitler." A is the 1st letter of the alphabet, H the 8th.

The numbers 37 (Che Guevara) or 13 (Mao) are not forbidden. Neither are the popular T-shirts with Che Guevara’s portrait.

One reader in a Brussels paper wondered whether citizens living in houses with the numbers 18 and 88 will be blacklisted as Nazis by the authorities.

 All eight signatures are included on the rear of the menu card, which was acquired by the seller's father, who was the British Ambassador to Belgrade.

The Wednesday before last I went to an auction of football memorabilia at Ludlow racecourse. I went mainly because I had heard on the radio that one of the lots was to be a menu signed by the Busby Babes. Not just any menu, either, but one from a dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Belgrade following the 3-3 draw with Red Star Belgrade on 5 January 1958, on the very eve of the Munich air crash.

This menu was almost certainly the last thing signed by Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne, Tommy Taylor, Eddie Colman, David Pegg, Liam Whelan, Mark Jones and Geoff Bent during a convivial evening in which it must have seemed as if the world was theirs for the taking. Despite having led 3-0 at half-time and been forced to settle for a draw, they had just reached the semi-final of the European Cup.

 

The focal point of the Museum is the amazing Champions Collection of medals, caps, jerseys and memorabilia won by three of the Hammers greatest stars ­ Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, who helped England lift the World Cup in 1966. Included, of course, are the three World Cup winners medals.After more than seven years of planning, structuring and huge financial outlay towards the purchase of some of the most sought after items of footballing memorabilia, the West Ham United Museum opened its doors for the first time on Saturday, August 24, 2002.

Establishing a West Ham United Museum had been the dream of Chairman Terence Brown and his fellow Director, Charles Warner, since the Club's Centenary Year of 1995. It was during this time the Club made an appeal for donations to help make that dream a reality.

 original shirt worn by Jim Beglin in the 1986 Fa Cup Final.signed by the team

In February 2007 these vintage Liverpool matchworn shirts went up for auction on Ebay.  A  Liverpool adidas 1986  FA cup Final shirt and a Liverpool 1984 Umbro shirt did not sell. And the owner of an 89/90 match worn home shirt sold it for:  £455.00

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