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Pele it was who, along with legendary England captain Bobby Moore, first brought shirt-swapping to the public's attention at the end of their FIFA World Cup match on 7 June 1970, but the first recorded incidence of it came 39 years earlier. On 14 May 1931, the French team asked to keep the jerseys of their English opponents to commemorate their historic 5-2 victory at Colombes.

After that, the tradition first really began to pick up at the 1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland.  

For over 50 years, swapping shirts at the end of the match has become an integral part of football. FIFA.com looks back at some of the funnier moments that this tradition has thrown up.  

Read the article here

 

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The Boys Toys team look at the 'latest' technology from ten years ago. Here the girls review their teams 'latest' football strips.

And, for those who can handle it.... some Bundesliga Fashion from the 70's in the other video.

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Earlier this year, Historical football kits (HFK) was commissioned by Vision Sports Publishing to produce graphics for the new editions in the Football Miscellany series.

Part of the package includes away kits, which are now published (for ten clubs only) on HFK. Check out the amazing away kit collections here:

Arsenal away ,  Aston Villa awayCeltic awayChelsea away ,  Everton awayLiverpool awayManchester United away ,   Newcastle United away ,  Rangers away ,  Tottenham Hotspur away (still to come)

 

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The owners of Liverpool Football Club have applied to register the Liver bird, the symbol of Liverpool, as a trademark. The club say it's a necessary move to protect counterfeiters making money from fake football shirts and have applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office to register the image for £450.

But Liverpool City Council said the club had "no right" to claim the bird as its own.

Deputy council leader Flo Clucas said the council was taking legal advice over the trademark application.

"I have some very real concerns over it," she said.

"They do already have their crest trademarked, but they have no right of ownership to claim the bird, or any version of the bird, as their own.

"The Liver Bird, not only does it appear on the Royal Charter for the council, but it is also used by local businesses and schools.

"It belongs to the city and nobody has a right to claim it exclusively as the own. It's a symbol for the city." 

 

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Finally, our friends from SPAOTP bring you a new Shirt Legend poll which, as ever, asks you to choose your favourite shirt for a particular team - regardless of whether you support them or not.

This is a poll for fans of football shirts and football kits everywhere, and this time they have something a little different for you.  

Whereas before they focused on England and Scotland, this time SPAOTP move on to the first club on the list, and it's Liverpool FC.

 

So without further ado, let's survey the sixteen shirts in question before you to pick your favourite. Read and vote here.

 

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Creative agencies in the UK are being invited to develop the mascots for the London 2012 Games. 

The UK's creative industry can register their interest in designing the mascots through the 'CompeteFor' section of the London 2012 Business Network. The application process will then begin, with the eventual successful agency or consortium expected to engage the public in some way for the mascots' development.  

The mascots will be brought to life in many ways including as toys, on clothing, in film and animation, video games and in physical form.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games will each have their own mascots.  

From first official mascot, 'Waldi' at the Munich 1972 Games, to the 'Fuwa' in Beijing this year, mascots are popular and a key way of generating the revenue needed to stage the Games.

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After unveiling a new UEFA cup logo and setup last month, the UEFA has unveiled its new visual identity for the 2009 UEFA Champions League final in Rome, a design that combines today's competition trophy with the ancient Roman symbol of victory, a laurel wreath.

Wreaths were worn by victorious emperors as they rode through the streets of Ancient Rome in carriages drawn by white horses, and have a special place in the city's history.

Framing the main elements of the design is a stylized portrait of Rome's famous landmark, the Colosseum.

Taken together, the different parts of the new identity reflect the city's history, architectural heritage and passion for football.

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The UEFA has approved the change of logo and name for the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League from the 2009/10 season. 

The new name heralds major changes to the competition, which will have a new 48-team group stage with centralised marketing of broadcast rights, a presenting sponsor and an official matchball in addition to centralised sponsorship from the knockout stage and a new logo and visual identity 

UEFA President Michel Platini said: "These changes will improve this historic competition, which is very important for UEFA and for European football as it gives more fans, players and clubs the thrill of European club football. I am convinced the new format will give the UEFA Europa League a successful new impetus."

 

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Brazilian legend Romario is considering legal action against football shirt manufacturer Reebok and his former club Vasco da Gama, who without the approval of Romario produced football shirts that celebrates the 1000 goals, which Romario claims to have scored in the course of his career. 

According to Romario's lawyer, the former Barcelona star has the rights to produce such a football shirt, and these shirts are not covered by the contract agreements made.

Romario, 42 years, ended his career earlier this year.

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The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has changed the national team's home kit colours from all red to yellow shirt and white shorts.

 

FAT secretary-general Ong-art Korsinka said yesterday the FAT had informed Fifa of the change while the all blue away kit remains unchanged.

 

Since October 2007, Thailand has used the yellow shirt which is the colour of the king Bhumibol Adulyadej and has used white shorts and white socks at the first kit for the celebrations on the auspicious occasion of his majesty the king’s 80th Birthday Anniversary on December 5.

 

Red is also an auspicious colour because it is one of the colours in the Thai national flag. However, yellow is more popular because it is the colour of the King who was born on Monday, he said.

 

"Yellow is a lucky colour and it is also the King's colour," Ong-art said.

 

"We performed well last year in yellow shirt and won the SEA Games so we decided to make it our uniform for home games."  Fifa has approved the changed, he said.

You can still find the red Thailand Home shirt here

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