Football Shirt Culture

On 14 March 1900 a young student named Floris Stempel sent a letter to a group of his friends, saying: "Hereby the undersigned invites you politely to grace us with your presence in one of the upper rooms of Café-Bar 'Oost-Indië', at number 2, Kalverstraat, on Sunday morning at 9 hours and 3 quarters, to discuss the establishment of an entirely new Football Club."

What Stempel wrote was, in fact, not completely true: the football club he wanted to establish was not "entirely new". Stempel had been chairman of a low-key football club some six years earlier, in early 1894, or possibly late 1893.

The players at the time referred to themselves as a 'club' because one of them, Han Dade, possessed his own leather football. Moreover, they officially rented a lawn in Willemspark, Amsterdam-South, to play their games. The name of the club: Ajax, after the ancient Greek warrior

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January 6 2007, Sheffield Wednesday have announced that kit makers Lotto will be supplying the new Owls home and away shirts from the 2007-08 campaign - with fans being asked to vote for their favourite away strip.

The new four-year deal with the kit making giants will bring to an end the current deal with Diadora and will see the improved financial terms benefit the club.

The Owls new home strip will be unveiled in the coming weeks while fans will be able to vote for their favourite away strip design from Monday, with three different options being shown on the official site.

Owls chief executive Kaven Walker told the official site: 'We are very happy to have secured this contract and our partnership with Lotto, which is an excellent deal for the club. We are convinced our fans will like the new home kit and are also pleased to, once more, give the supporters a chance to give their input over the choice of away strip as we have in previous seasons.'


The Fédération Française de Football (FFF) and adidas extended their partnership agreement in 2001 until 2010. Adidas and the French Federation have enjoyed an extremely successful partnership for well over 30 years.

The French team has worn the three stripes since 1972, when adidas first started the production of football-specific apparel. Since then, the FFF has celebrated a:

FIFA World Championship (1998), two UEFA European Championships (1984 and 2000) and three FIFA Confederations Cups (1985, 2001 and 2003).

(Dec 2006) A law firm is urging football fans to claim compensation for being overcharged for replica shirts. Clyde & Co has placed an advert asking fans to get in contact if they bought England or Manchester United shirts in 2000 or 2001.

Several sportswear retailers were fined by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2003 for illegally fixing the price of these shirts. Clyde & Co says a new law means consumers can now sue the price fixers.

The law firm is acting on behalf of the consumers' association Which? because the organisation is attempting to launch a representative action on behalf of people who bought the shirts.

A Great Britain football shirt worn by Sir Stanley Matthews has sold for nearly £7,000 at an auction of sporting memorabilia in 2001. The number seven shirt was part of a 13-strong collection belonging to the Stoke City international which were auctionned at Molineux, the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The blue international shirt has a white collar and long sleeves with rare Great Britain vs. FIFA (Rest of Europe) embroidered sewn on a match crest cloth badge. Sir Stanley wore the shirt at the match at Hampden Park in 1947 to celebrate the post war return of the four home nations to FIFA, the first and last time Great Britain had been selected.

FOOTBALL Federation Australia has announced a new nine-year deal with Nike, saying it is "by far the biggest sponsorship agreement signed for football in Australia and is Nike's biggest ever commitment to any sport in Australia".

Neither Nike nor FFA would detail the dollar amounts of the agreement, saying only that it represented "a significant increase in the value of the previous agreement".

Nike said the deal was significantly bigger on a year-on-year basis than anything else it had signed in Australia.

Nike’s previous biggest deal in Australia was its agreement with the Australian Olympic Committee to provide equipment and apparel for the teams to the 2000 and 2004 Games in Sydney and Athens.

The football sponsorship deal covers the 2010 and 2014 World Cup campaigns, the 2007, 2011 and 2015 Asian Cup campaigns and the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup campaigns.

The terms of the agreement sees Nike provide apparel for all Australia sides run under the FFA banner – the Socceroos, the Matildas (women), the Olyroos (under-23) and the Joeys (under-17) – as well as providing boots to a number of unnamed players.

Football kit maker Umbro saw record demand from shops for England football shirts ahead of the World Cup.

A fevered build-up to the World Cup meant demand for the red away kit - made legendary by England's World Cup win in 1966 - sent sales to stores in the UK and abroad in the first six months of the year to a record £247m.

That was 41% higher than last year and 26% higher than in 2004 when business was boosted by England's participation in the European Championships.

Steven George Gerrard, MBE (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. He is also currently playing for Liverpool and England. Gerrard wears the number 8 shirt for Liverpool and is currently the club captain, as well as the England vice captain where he usually wears the number 4 shirt.




Steven Gerrard is lucky enough to have his own private football museum.

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