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Various Clubs . . .

Premier League name and numbers black/white

Manchester City name and numbers | EPL kit black/white

The second most popular color variation of the Premier League names and numbers is the black/white variant.

The by most widely used is white/black while navy, red, and gold are used rather seldomly.

 

Man City girl displaying the EPL names and numbers

 

and lets look at the plain letters and see how they look like when applied to the garment.

 

Man City EPL names and numbers

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Inter

Inter Ambassador in the Green Room

 Inter Ambassador answers questions . . .

Why do you support your current favorite club ?

For me, the first and last question are inevitably linked. As a child and budding calcio enthusiast, my favorite teams had 1 thing in common – Baggio was on the roster. From Juventus to Milan, Bologna and so on all before the age of 10 – my allegiances hopped around along with the divine ponytail.

However, in 98-99 something changed – I got internet at my house and was no longer restricted to following calcio on RAI via once-a-week public television programming. I became addicted to Baggio’s goals and magical moments.. in
nerazzurro!

I was now not only following my favorite player, but following a massive club challenging in -what was- the best league in the world.. Taking in weekly goals and highlights. Other legends of that era included Vieri, Zamorano, El Chino, Djorkaef, even Pirlo and Ronaldo; I worshiped them. 

It was around that period of time that I received my first jersey as a gift – an authentic, thick-striped Internazionale home kit. I wore it everywhere and in doing everything and still feel a sense of satisfaction whenever I have it on – that’s how I know I’m a lifelong Inter fan; my roots are deep.

Which piece of advice would you offer your club if you were present at a board meeting ?

Italian football has lost its champions league spots and must now battle in all European competitions to regain its status as a top 3 league – giving 4 of its proud clubs the chance to thrive in Europe’s top competition once again every season.

However, I regretfully must advise inter to forgo Europa league success while focusing on winning the scudetto once again. As a top squad with only one competition to focus on, inter should be able to make a strong push for the title ala Juventus of this season with no taxing commitments outside the peninsula.

Being a perennial challenger and either winning the league or qualifying for the ucl directly is the only way to attract top talent to the side and maintain inter’s proud history.

Inter have had great success in the past 6 or so years, but also have suffered some huge disappointments in that time, dips in form, manager uncertainty and an aging squad.

Many of their current troubles stem from bad club and player management and a return to “Pazza Inter” or crazy Inter – an unpredictable but always enthralling state of affairs that can end in great victory or epic heartbreak.

The best years of Inter’s past 10 seasons have seen some of the world’s top players come and go – I would suggest bringing back the man who made it all happen, Oriali. As sporting director, Oriali signed prolific talents such as Ibrahimovic, Eto’o, Milito, Thiago Motta and more – while his successor Branca has brought on flops including Zarate, Forlan and Palombo.

Last, sign Stramaccioni as full fledged manager. He’s clever, charismatic, and has the support of the players – compared to the other options out there, the man affectionately dubbed ‘Stramala’ may have a promising future at the nerazzurri post.   

What is the low point of the club while you have followed it ?

The obvious low point during the time I have followed Inter was the ___ season in which Inter led the title race until the last day.. Only to lose to bitter arch-rivals Juventus after an historic collapse. I distinctly remember seeing a soggy eyed Ronaldo on the sideline weeping as the scudetto slipped through black and blue fingers – an image we as Inter supporters won’t soon forget.

What is the high point ?

The highest highs of Inter’s success came with the 09-10 season treble: scudetto, coppa Italia AND the legendary Champions League victory over Bayern Munich.

The victory was not only a win for Inter’s trophy cabinet, but all of Italy -whether they accept it or not. In beating Bayern in the final, Inter secured the 4th and final champions league spot remain with Serie A for one more season.. Though the accomplishment was largely unappreciated.

It is also the season where a personal favorite of mine for years came to life and etched his name in the history books – there was no striker better than Diego Milito, il Pricipe, in 09-10. Period. 

Which is/are your favorite jersey(s) from your club ?

For me, this question is a very tight race – and would have to be a draw in my eyes between my very first Inter jersey or 98-99 and the 09-10 shirt.

Purely on aesthetics, the 09-10 shirt wins with its smart stripes and tight ribbed collar.. Though the 98 shirt comes close with the bold, chunky black and blue stripes – my mind often wanders back to the champions league winning shirt being that it is the collector piece I do not have! Help me MM Sport!!

From a nostalgia standpoint, one shirt is what Baggio wore as he roared like lion, the other Milito donned as he twirled like dervish – its a tie!

When you were a kid which player would you like to become ? or who was your favorite player ?

As stated numerous times in this interview, my favorite player since I began following calcio has been Roberto Baggio – divin codino.

I idolized him as a youngster in 1994. I followed him throughout his career and thought that I was his biggest fan – only to learn that every fan of calcio was also -without exception- a die hard Baggio fan.

As an aspiring soccer player, trying to star on my high school team with all my might – I turned to Baggio. I purchased his career highlight vhs in the Le Stelle di Calcio series title Baggio – il Divin Codino and watched it
religiously, studying and learning each of his moves and using them to great effect against my opponents on the pitch.

I had even purchased his autobiography, Una Porta nel Cielo (written in Italian) and had my father read and translate it to me – a little bit each night – until he grew tired of the scholarly undertaking and I was forced to become a strong Italian language scholar myself to continue learning from Baggio in his own words.

Being a die-hard Roby Baggio fan has shaped a lot of my young life! Will there ever be another like him.. Surely not. I hope that he will turn to manage the nerazzurri sometime soon.

 


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News

Nike Fuelband coming to Europe

 Nike fuelband coming to Europe | Nike + | Make it count

 The new Nike initiative when it comes to bringing the digital world to fuse or to meet the physical world – sports and movement in general is called Nike fuelband.

It launched in the US on the 22nd of February 2012. It hit the shores in Europe on 1st of April in Shoreditch in London. Later on 2nd of May it also arrived at Nike Town in London and probably in other locations across Europe.

The Nike fuelband keeps track of your movement throughout the day. It tracks the amount fuels used – a measurement which Nike has invented itself. Roughly 1 fuel = 5 steps. Then you can see calories burned, steps taken , and time. Maybe at a later point in time other metrics will be added. But for now this is what is in there.

 

So how did it come about ? Read the thinking behind the fuelband here!

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FIFA WC | UEFA EURO

Spain goalie away name and number kit

 Spain away goalie name and number kit EURO 2012

The Spain goalie jersey away for the EURO 2012 is grey with yellow 3-stripes.

Thus it can come as no major surprice that the name and number kit accompanying the jersey is yellow.

 

Spain goalie away kit - number 13 front number

 

The style of the printing is the adidas style 2012. Follows a certain pattern across all adidas teams.

 

Spain away goal keeper jersey back number 13

 

 

 

 

 

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FIFA WC | UEFA EURO

Holland away kit 2012

 Netherlands away kit EURO 2012

Holland back in black!

New Holland away kit launched on the 29th of February 2012. An all black affair with a bit of orange here and there.

 

Holland away jersey EURO 2012

 

The matching shorts are also black and with a staint of orange.

 

Holland away shorts EURO 2012

 

Finally the socks also come in almost all black but with a bit of orange to the center.

 

Holland away socks EURO 2012

 

 

 

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AC Milan Product Reviews

Review: AC Milan home shorts and socks

 AC Milan Shorts and Socks Review

 

When it comes to the broad spectrum of merchandise offered under the license of an association football club, or any sport team for that matter, you know you will come across a wide variety of products, from those aimed at casual followers, to hardcore fans. Courtesy of MMSports, I’ve been able to review some great AC Milan products, with jerseys ranking as generally favored products and others such as the beanie hat and scarf acting as products for the slightly more dedicated fan, but of valued use. Well today, I’ve got my hands on two great Milan products essential to any heavily absorbent fan of the Rossoneri: the 11/12 AC Milan shorts and the correspondent socks. I’ve enjoyed observing these two for the sake of giving an in-depth view of all aspects of the products and their respective values. Let’s go!

 

AC Milan home shorts and socks

 

 

The Look

 

(I’ll be starting each section with the shorts, then the socks; following that, I’ll portray their function together.)

 

I’ll admit myself, I don’t consider myself to be at the dedicative level of purchasing much clothing other than jerseys and the occasional shirt when it comes to raw support for my favorite teams, but thanks to MMSports’ shipment of a pair of shorts for review, I’ve been given great insight into something that I’ve overseen for years as a football fan. Matching shorts make any jersey look much, much better. I’ll say it myself; I’m the kind of person you see outside wearing a jersey adorning a normal set of clothes, regardless as to whether I’m out playing, shopping, or otherwise, but the way that the shorts look with the jersey is just so fitting, that I find myself wearing them much more then I expect, in fact, I’m treating them a lot more like casual everyday shorts then one would think. What I’m trying to say is, there’s much more value to having your club’s shorts then just for diehard spectating and dedicated representation.

 

AC Milan’s latest set of shorts, fortunately, has not changed much at all. Milan is legendary in its iconic color scheme, as many teams are, but in my opinion, this year the shorts look better than ever. But if they have changed minimally, how can this be so? Take the following photographs into account.

 

AC Milan uniform Pato

 

 

AC Milan’s 10/11 kit, as you can see in the image on the left-hand side, sports a more focused, darker theme, with an emphasis on the large black and red stripes across the home jersey. Look around the kit, there is no white to be found, other than the shorts. So now, if you take a look at the 11/12 home kit on the right-hand side, you should get a bit of the “vibe” that I got with the shorts. With the thinner stripes, meaning less black, and the white collar and cuffs, it all comes together so much better. It’s ironic that the change in jersey improves the visual appeal of the shorts, but that’s not to take away from the value of the shorts in accordance to all AC Milan jerseys of all time, for I’ve come to learn that they just go great with anything Milan, not being Inter Milan that is.

 

AC Milan home shorts 11-12 full

 

 

To get to specifics, AC Milan’s shorts are one great big flood of maximum white. Along both sides, the symbolic Adidas stripes can be seen in a red/black/red scheme, one that matches that of Milan’s away kit stripes, as well as the general color set of everything AC Milan. It’s almost double value for the fact that these are the shorts worn in the away kit as well, so you could consider them, outside of the third kit shorts, almost universal to all jerseys of Milan. Sewn into the lower-right side of the shorts is a high-quality AC Milan emblem, just as it is on the home and away jerseys. On the back of the lower-left side of the shorts is the forever present Adidas logo, its own priceless brand of quality and clean, abstract design making itself known. Lining the outer rim of the bottom of both sides is the same, thin-line Italian national colors present vertically upon the jerseys.

 

 

AC Milan home shorts logo

 

AC Milan home shorts 11-12 adidas logo

  

The shorts pretty much go perfectly with any AC Milan top, be it a shirt, jersey, or otherwise, you name it and it looks great. The bold, total whiteout look compliments any top, obviously preferring red, black, or white clothing. Maybe the changes from previous shorts are minimal, but Adidas has really done a great job of respecting the main kit design this time; the upper-kit is a large influence upon the visual display of the shorts and really, I can’t stress enough how good they look with many different clothes, they serve the representation values of a jersey in a simply less extravagant way; I’ve been wearing them with completely unrelated shirts and they just look so good. The shorts are definitely the ideal addition to any Rossoneri fan’s set.

AC Milan home shorts

 

Ac Milan jersey + shorts taken together

 

 

Visually, the shorts are easy to see as either dedicated or casual; you could wear them to watch a match or play outside, but you could wear them when you go out in the summer and it would be no different from usual, everyday clothes. Unfortunately, the socks don’t work like that, but that’s not to take away from their value. I’ll talk more about this later but for now, here’s a review of the visual aspect of the socks.

 

AC Milan home jersey and home socks

 

 

AC Milan’s latest socks, produced by Adidas like the rest of the set, are totally black, other than a few other features. Near the top of the socks is another three-stripe design as sported on almost all Adidas products; the stripes are red, as is the text in the middle of the socks reading “AC Milan”. Near the bottom of the socks is the Adidas logo in the matching red of the other images, completing the main look of the socks. Around the feet, the socks sport many thin, colored patches and cushions, clearly for athletic purposes, and they are tinted with reds and grays. Overall, the socks look very sleek and go well, as with the shorts, with pretty much any Milan top, though you’ll be looking more to put these with a whole kit rather than just one piece.

 

AC Milan socks packaging

 

AC Milan full uniform jersey shorts socks


 

So what’s the deal with the socks? It’s very easy, they are great, and they match all Milan merchandise well, but they are what they are, athletic socks. You probably wouldn’t find yourself slipping these on when you need to go out to buy something or take a walk, but that’s not what their purpose is. They are great looking socks for playing a match and especially great when you want to really put yourself behind AC Milan as they step into a  difficult 90 minutes on the pitch. They lean a lot more to the dedicated fan style then casual follower.

 

AC Milan home socks 3 stripes

 

AC Milan home socks adidas logo

 

 

The Fit

 

Regardless of what they are for, both the shorts and socks are supposed to be comfortable, right? Luckily, Adidas has done another great job with sizing, build, and fit to make a couple of really good products here.

 

The AC Milan shorts are very, very fitting and comfortable. I recreationally play football outside and find that I need to find a nice mix between tight yet loose when it comes to shorts to play with. Well, no more, because football shorts are what any fan that plays as well is looking for. The semi-elastic waistband is easily adjustable, courtesy of the laces with which you may tighten the shorts, but you’ll find that even without using them, the shorts are tightened just right to adjust as you move. From there, the rest of the shorts are a thin and light material; you will never find them obstructing your movements. They hang with an almost featherlike grace that makes them ideal for any athletic exercise or movement. The shorts are most assuredly a great fit, all you need to do is pick a relative size and you know you can’t go wrong with the adjustability.

 

The socks are brilliant; they are a specialized fit with the fabric technologies of Adidas making themselves known. If you’re like me, you look at the packaging for something such as football socks, and you’re probably thinking, “what are these complicated words doing on sock descriptions, they’re just socks?!”. You’ll find that it’s all of the tiny little details that make them so great for slipping into your boots and moving, all the meshes and cushioning is subtle yet effective; the socks are even shaped and built around studied features of the human leg and its muscle movement! I’ve had other football socks before but they don’t quite hold up like these, others always begin to slide down quickly with minimal grip. I have zero complaints or negative comments on the socks and from an athletic and comfort perspective, they are the ultimate solution in socks. That goes for all socks of the Adidas line, obviously not just AC Milan’s socks.

 

The Final Word

 

Recently I reviewed the AC Milan beanie hat and scarf together; I was pleasantly surprised to find that though they are club merchandise takes on normal, accepted clothing, they easily seam into casual wear without a problem. I would definitely place the AC Milan shorts in that segment too, if you wear them right, they go well with certain clothes and you can hit a mix between an athletic and striking style. The same is not true for the socks, they are great in their own way, but you logically would not factor them in when getting ready to head outside for an everyday sort of activity.

 

Purpose wise, both products hit the spot. The shorts are great for slipping on with a jersey and watching AC Milan duke it out with another team and the socks are a fantastic addition as well, helping to compliment an already attractive fan set. Once again, both products are also great for athletic activities like walking or playing a sport, in the end that’s what they are designed for.

 

In the end, I think both products are very, very good, but I would consider the shorts to be perfect for any AC Milan fan, and the socks to rank more as an athletic or diehard fan’s piece of merchandise. They both fit the entire Milan look and work well with any jersey of any year, home or away, and there are definitely fewer ultimate ways to yell “AC Milan!”, then putting these on for a good, fun match of the beautiful game, no matter whether you’re playing or watching. I recommend both of these products to all AC Milan fans that are big on wearing jerseys, for these two will make the kit look complete, and you can’t beat a full set.

 

  

 

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Manchester United Product Reviews

Review: Manchester United away shorts and socks

Manchester United Teamwear Socks.

 The 2011/2012 Manchester United Away Nike Socks are beyond anything you could ever expect from a pair of socks.  Not only are they dri-fit and ventilated in the calf they have built in arch support.  These socks are extremely comfortable on the pitch.  The specialized cushioning on the pads of the foot adds noticeable support.  I really love the ventilation in the calf, which helps with the normal chaffing from shin guards.  As a woman, I do not believe I find much of a difference then men do.  They fit incredibly well from the foot to the knee.  This is a plus as most soccer socks have a tendency to not fit the calf shape on women.  These are knitted for a snug fit and excellent performance.

They also have a very stylish look with the all black calf leading to a blue band at the top.  As a big fan of Manchester United, the Red Devil on the back of the calf is a personalized touch that is quite fun and adds a unique flare.  Off the pitch I found the Nylon Polyester blend to be useful for wearing under my winter boots.  As a student in Midwest America, I spend a lot of time walking through snow in my boots.  These socks double as excellent winter socks, aside from the indoor pitch, by keeping my feet warm and dry.  In winter boots or soccer boots, these socks are a useful buy for any Manchester United fan who plans to be on or off the pitch.

Manchester United Teamwear Shorts

The 2011/2012 Manchester United Away Nike Shorts are quite the buy.  As a female reviewer I have found two aspects that have stuck out: style and quality.  Starting with style, these are quite the pair.  I am usually one to borrow my boyfriend’s shorts when lounging around and these are very nice.  I would suggest a size larger then you would normally buy as they are Nike and run slightly smaller then other companies.  One female specific problem is that the short are not very accommodating for female hips, but as mentioned order a size larger would solve this minimal problem.  Other then this feature, I find them to be both comfy and look nice.  The style of solid black is always a nice choice, and I really like sporting my favorite team’s patch on the right leg.  A nice accent is the blue trimming on the bottom back of the legs, as well as the Red Devil insignia on the back.  The length is also very nice just slighty above the knee.  Now to the quality, I have said now in numerous reviews how much I love the Nike Dri-fit Polyester.  This fabric is as always excellent for both running and exercising.  Dri-fit is breathable, but still offers the support of compression.  The make of this item is of an excellent level of quality and I deem it a worthwhile buy.  I can see these shorts lasting for quite a while. If you plan to wear then on the pitch as a woman, make sure you pay attention to the sizing.  If you are just wearing them for comfort they are still a good choice.   These shorts are stylish, comfortable, and an extremely worthwhile purchase.

 

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FIFA WC | UEFA EURO Product Reviews

Product Description: Denmark DBU track suit EURO 2012

 Product Description: DBU track suit EURO 2012

 

We have tried to sign up with a couple of freelancers for some reviews / product descriptions. That catch being to see what difference it would make to go with random freelancers compared to handpicked ambassadors. So here is an example of what a freelancer written text might look like.

 

 

Denmark DBU track suit EURO 2012

 

 

Track Suit in Polyester – Denmark DBU suit EURO 2012 Item No: X16442 is the Right One!

If you are looking for the best track suit in polyester, then the Denmark DBU suit EURO 2012 seems to be the right option for you. It’s the most flexible as well as the best polyester track suit you can ever have, which makes your practice session as well as game play better. The items now in X16442 and you can find the best deal on this track suit online. This track suit is equipped with different features that often make it flexible on the use. It can last really long due to the high-quality polyester fabric used to design it. This track suit has been announced by Adidas the leading brand in this business. Below you can find the profile of Denmark DBU suit EURO 2012.

 

Profile:

  •  This is a Denmark training suit.
  •  This track suit is presented by DBU
  •  This track suit often includes two major portions, jackets and pants.
  •   This is made of 100% polyester.
  •  The brand named Adidas has been added for it.
  •  You can avail this track suit in three different colors such as: red, black and white
  •   The manufacturer’s item number assigned for this track suit is: X16442

 

The prime advantage you are going to receive with this track suit is that it is now available online. So, you can really order it online and get the best deal from the manufacturer. You can also avail this track suit in polyester in three different sizes such as: small, medium and large. This often allows you to select the right item that suits your size perfectly. Off late, this Denmark training track suit has managed to become really popular on the web. If you have always wished for a perfect track suit that you can use for your sporting events and practice sessions, then the Denmark DBU suit EURO 2012 item no: X16442 is the right option for you.

This polyester track is just perfect for everyone who wishes to receive maximum flexibility and a great use. Polyester track suits are exactly popular for their unique characteristics. They are great on use and can last for a long time. They are comfortable on the use and easy to maintain. Well, these items are also great on washing. They are also perfect for rigorous sporting activities and practice sessions. You can take care of them easily, as after wash they often dry out quickly. So, you can find them ready for the next use quickly. Zipper sides pockets also make these track suits more flexible on the use. 

 

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Manchester United

Manchester United collection 2011-12

 Manchester United Nike apparel collection 11-12

In Nike’s promotional activities they produce athlete photos in order to make the link between the player and the gear for sale. The players chosen to feature in these photos are almost exclusively player wearing Nike footwear. In the case of Manchester United the players picked for the job: Ferdinand. Hernandez. Rooney. Evra.

 

Manchester United Nike collection 11-12

 

The collection is broken down into three categories or silos:

The leisure wear / match day gear as symbolized by Rio Ferdinand.

The training wear worn by Hernandez Chicharito.

The playing kit presented by Wayne Rooney.

 

Man Utd collection broken down into 3 silos

 

The various backgrounds borrow heavily from the most sacred and most typical places in the world of football.

The stadium. The field whether being the training field or the pitch at the stadium. And here below the locker room or the dressing room.

 

Manchester United training gear locker room

 

Manchester United away kit 11-12. The photos must have been shot before May 2011 since they have decided to equip the jerseys with standard EPL badges rather than the gold Champs badges 10/11 which the club proudly wears this season. The short number barely visible is clearly the EPL standard style and size. So the photos have been made to resemble matchday action.

 

Manchester United away kit 11-12 Evra on pitch

 

And another distinctive look at the new Manchester United favorite Javier Hernandez. This time featured out on the training pitch with the statist frame in the background to emphazise the context.

 

Man Utd training field Javier Hernandez

 

No portray series is complete without the player tunnel leading to the pitch.

In this case featuring Pat Evra.

 

Man Utd away kit proudly worn by Evra featured in the player's tunnel

 

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FIFA WC | UEFA EURO Product Reviews

Review: England home jersey 10-12

 Review: England national team jersey

By Aaron Holtsclaw

 

I am reviewing an extremely nice England Jersey manufactured by Umbro. It is all white with no stripes or other markings on the shirt. There are tiny red and blue crosses in a pattern around the neck and shoulder areas but otherwise it is dominated by white. The England crest sits above the wearers heart with the 3 Lions stretched across it. Above the crest in white on white is a single star for the World Cup victory in 1966. The other breast is adorned with the Umbro logo which appears out of place on such a pristine jersey. The collar is almost like a throwback to the jerseys worn by the 1966 team. Most replica jerseys have a very average collar similar to a t-shirt while this jersey has something special. If you could travel back in time, you could imagine Sir Bobby Charlton running around the pitch in this jersey. You might be distracted by his comb over hairstyle which tried to hide his bald spot but your eyes would be drawn back to this awesome jersey. It fits snug on a person used to wearing a 3XL shirt.  The listed size is 46 which would probably translate to a XL or XXL in the United States.  Though it fits snug, this is a nice Jersey with excellent construction and a clean look to it. Though England is going into Euro 2012 with a bit of controversy around the Wayne Rooney red card, you could see him or potential future England Captain Phil Jones wearing this jersey in the tournament as they try to shake off years of disappointment and win a major trophy. Regardless of whether you want to wear this jersey looking forward to the next tournament or to support the history of this great countries side which has yet failed to live up to expectations, you will look great in this jersey.

England home jersey 10-11