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Everything posted by Jaffa

  1. International Football 2017-2018

    Hmm - looks like I'll be cheering on Peru after England's inevitable elimination, and with their lovely sash shirts I'm fine with that.
  2. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Yep - the 2003-05 home shirt was the first to feature a star, and it appeared on the left sleeve rather than above the crest... If memory serves it was added after the FA bowed to a campaign initiated by Soccer AM, a football magazine show on UK telly.
  3. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    We do have a few clubs wearing stars in England, but there’s not a uniform system in place (pun not intended) as to what they signify. A couple have even adopted them purely for decorative reasons. The Premier League does currently have a star spangled club - Huddersfield Town wear three, to denote their trio of consecutive titles back in the 1920s. A solution would be to adopt the Italian system, where you get a star for every ten titles. If that practice were adopted here then Manchester United would only wear two stars, for their 20 titles. Liverpool and Arsenal would be the only other clubs to qualify, with a star each. That was just for a few shirts when Umbro stripped everything right back - they went back to contrasting stars after a couple of years.
  4. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    It's something you do see in Italian club football, a little quirk I'm rather fond of.
  5. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    The Italy shirt will apparently be debuted by Buffon tomorrow evening against Macedonia - the outfield players will be sporting the away shirt.
  6. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Argentine side Racing Club de Avellaneda going gloriously retro to mark the 50th anniversary of their Intercontinental Cup win... I wanna see the numbers!
  7. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Girona reminds me of a poorly received Newcastle away kit from a few years back - albeit that was striped rather than hooped. That said, I think the colours suit a Spanish side better than one from the far north of England... EDIT: So yeah, what Beantown reckons basically.
  8. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    No stripes on the home again? I suspect that won't go down well.
  9. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I'm not classing it as an authentic throwback unless all players who wear it have their front teeth removed as well.
  10. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    The problem with having the red rose of Lancashire debossed into the fabric without colour is that you're essentially left with a white rose - the symbol of Lancashire's rival county Yorkshire. Mind, as a Yorkshireman I don't really see this as being a problem.
  11. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    No, Hull City Ladies isn’t officially affiliated with Hull City itself - Hull City’s owners did provide some financial backing for a year or two but that ended in one of their waves of football-based cost cutting. I think they updated their crest at that point in time (around the time City’s crest was redesigned to drop the club name) and the owners were encouraging them to rename as Hull Tigers Ladies, I strongly suspect that’s why ‘City’ has been snuck onto the snout. It would have been created entirely independently of the men’s side, though. The Tiger’s head we use has been on the shirt in one form or another since the late 1970s (aside from a brief and acrimonious spell at the turn of the millennium), so whilst it may not be the best looking of animals (or be frowning that much) it’s ours. I'd be interested to see what you come up with concept-wise, though!
  12. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Onwards... and upwards? On first impressions, not bad at all. The sponsor using their wordmark only is a vast improvement on what we had last season, the back is striped - always a positive - and there's not any fussy trimmings to detract from the colours. The badge will remain a bone of contention, and one thing I'd change would be on the back of the shorts - they carry the logo of WWF (this season's charity partner) in a circular patch, but I think it'd look much better just reversed white out of the black fabric. Mind, it probably wouldn't look like a proper panda then. The diagonal stripes on the sleeve are... interesting. Something different, I guess. They put me in mind of a prototype of the 2004-05 shirt where the sleeves had a similar treatment... ...on the final version though the stripes were straight. All in all, an upgrade from last season. Hooped socks would have been lovely, mind. EDIT: Hmm, looks like the crest has a parquet pattern behind the Tiger's head...
  13. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Where Scunny are concerned I can only applaud the board's profanity filter.
  14. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I demand that they register those shorts as actual playing kit.
  15. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I can't say for certain how widely available Arsenal's goalkeeping hues are, but Newcastle certainly had a green keepers kit last season...
  16. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Indeed - it’s the only thing I’d perhaps change, but even so I think it works nicely with black hose. I suspect the Bournemouth kitman will have a stock of red alternate socks to deal with clashes - Umbro usually equip their clubs that way - so it’s a look we may yet get to see. I’d be delighted if Hull City got the exact same kit with amber replacing the red, but as it’s reckoned to be a bespoke kit for Bournemouth that won’t be happening unfortunately.
  17. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Umbro doing some fine work for Bournemouth...
  18. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    There is the option - which has historical precedence - of replacing the crest on the chest with the scudetto. Mind, that would involve them either eliminating the new crest entirely or moving it elsewhere, the sleeve for example. I doubt very much Juventus would want to do that to their newly launched logo though. The clutter could have been worse, as well. Had they won the Champions League they would be in the Club World Championship - win that and that's another patch they'd have needed to have found room for.
  19. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    A new kitmaker - Craft - and thus new kits for Dutch footballing powerhouses PEC Zwolle...
  20. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    ...and it'll be on a striped back as well. Perfect!
  21. International Football 16-17

    Cheers @Crabcake47, but in truth a lot of people in these parts have been anticipating relegation since last summer. Marco Silva deserves a lot of credit for at least making a fight of it, and I wish him well wherever he is next season. Because, like our key players, he sure as hell won't be here.
  22. 2017 MLS Kit Matchups

    That's how it works in most leagues, and often it's as simple as a phone call between the two respective kit men to reach an agreement on who wears what. In this country at least the teams then submit their choices to the league for approval, though the referee on the day has the power to make a team change any part of their kit if he feels there's going to be a clash. That's quite rare, but every once in a while you see a visiting side having to borrow part of an opponent's change kit, or even have a team wear its away colours at home.
  23. Team Names That are Also Names of People

    I think Accrington take their name from the street they were originally based on, rather than an actual person. But Crewe are indeed named after a proper person - Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
  24. Team Names That are Also Names of People

    Some soccerball examples that spring to mind, all named after real people... Vasco de Gama - Brazilian side named after the Portuguese explorer. Tottenham Hotspur - said to be named after medieval nobleman Sir Harry Hotspur. Willem II - named in honour of the Dutch king. Kaizer Chiefs - named after one of their founders, South African player Kaizer Motaung. Club Athletico Douglas Haig - an Argentine team honouring the British First World War Field Commander. Northwich Victoria - English non-League side named after Queen Victoria. FC Santa Claus - Finnish outfit named after the jolly red-clad present giver.
  25. 2017 MLS Kit Matchups

    I'd go so far as to say it's bloody terrible.