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FC Barcelona Product Reviews

Review: FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12

 Review: FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12

By MM Sports’ FC Barcelona ambassador Ph.D Gerard A. Banez, Ohio, USA

 

Introduction:

So, after another year of collecting more domestic and international titles, what does FC Barcelona do to top its most recent successes? On the pitch, the club adds more rising stars, like Sanchez & Fabregas, to ensure that it continues to win titles in the future. Off the field, the 2011-2012 campaign kicks off with another line of stylish & contemporary Barca merchandise. My focus here will be the new 2011-2012 Black Away jersey.

 

FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12 front

 

 

The Look

My first reaction to this jersey was that it looks a lot better in person than it does on the website. I like the color black as much as anyone, but, to me, the black jersey looked boring on the website when compared to the mint, orange, and yellow of past Barca away jerseys. Seeing the jersey, though, changed my opinion. The 2011-12 Black Away jersey is very stylish & contemporary in appearance. The black is sharp. The jersey features a unique and attractive neckline (see photo). The dark grey striping on the sleeves (photo) adds to its sporty appearance. As far as the Qatar Foundation logo, I know that many supporters have strong feelings about Barca taking on any logo. Though I won’t try to change your opinions on this, what I can say is that the Qatar logo isn’t that bad. It is subtle and distinctive in appearance and does not jump out or detract from the overall look. The “good” logo, the Unicef logo, is now on the bottom half of the back of the jersey, beneath the player number. Mes que un club (more than a club) is on the inside of the back collar, and tots units fem forca (all together we are strong) is in its familiar place on the inside of the jersey behind the FCB badge.

 

 

FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12 Xavi 6

 

 

The Cut

This jersey runs about true to size. It fits much like my 2010-2011 Barca home jersey. It is a Nike jersey, and, in my experience, the Nike jerseys are more relaxed and not as fitting as the Adidas jerseys. I personally like their more relaxed fit.

 

 

FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12 chest

 

 

The Feel

The jersey is made in Nike Dri Fit fabric. I have always liked the texture and substance of Dri Fit and prefer that it is not as clingy as Clima Cool.

 

Bottom Line

In a very short time, I anticipate that the 2011-2012 Black Away FC Barcelona jersey will emerge as one of my favorite soccer shirts. It is sharp, and it is sporty. In black, the shirt is more dressy and not as jersey-like, giving it added versatility. I highly recommend this jersey to any Barca fan and to anyone who likes good-looking, well-made soccer merchandise.  It represents yet another FCB victory.

 

 

 

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FC Barcelona Product Reviews

Review: FC Barcelona women's away jersey 11-12

Review: FC Barcelona women’s away jersey 11-12

By MM Sports women’s apparel ambassador Katie Scharra

This season’s Barcelona away jersey is my first women’s apparel jersey, as I usually either wear a youth size or men’s.   I was very impressed with the fit of this jersey, and it has many features that makes it fit with a stylish and comfortable look.  The darts that run up the sides make it flattering to the female figure, and it looks incredibly fashionable.  Sizing does run a bit small since it is a Nike jersey, and I found that it was a bit too snug around my shoulders making it not very useful to work out in.  I would, however, defiantly wear it to my weekly kick-about as the Nike Dri- Fit technology is very impressive and keeps me cool while wearing it.  The style of the jersey is an all black style, which at first I thought I would find to be a bit boring, but with the personalization added to the back the jersey became a whole new look. 

FC Barcelona away women's jersey 11-12 FC Barcelona away jersey 11-12 official name kit

 

As well as added extra value, the personalization was very well applied and withstood the washing machine. I can very easily wear it any day of the week with a pair of jeans or shorts, but as for the lazy weekend at home I would stick to the comfort of a men’s jersey.  The only negative feedback I got from other fans on the new club look was that the design of the sponsor, the Qartar Foundation, on the front seems less exciting than the old Unicef front.  This could be because it is a bit smaller on the front for the women’s style to make it more flattering.  All in the detail I suppose.  As for my opinion on the new look and my newly found love for women’s jerseys?  I am completely sold on the female jersey as the fit is excellent and it is stylish enough to wear everyday while the Dri-Fit makes it great to play in, and although it is a simple black a personalization on the back makes it as exciting as it is sleek. 

Katie Scharra / Michigan State

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Liverpool Product Reviews

Review: Liverpool FC away jersey 11-12

Review: Liverpool away jersey 11/12

By MM Sports Liverpool ambassador Debra Capp and family 

Recently, I requested MM Sport send us a Liverpool FC 2011/12 away jersey in a child’s size for my son, Lachie. Immediately he tore open the package and held up the shirt I knew I’d made a mistake.  I should have ordered the woman’s size. For me.

This is a beautifully stylish garment, in solid grey and silver with red trim. The cut of the jersey features a shallow V neck with red piping; inserted shoulder panels and shaped side panels. This means a very flattering fit: a shirt that will look good on anyone. Understated vertical drop stitch stripes provide a background for the metallic silver lettering of the Club’s sponsor and the mock appliqué Liverpool FC crest in silver Lurex.  If, like me, you appreciate different textures on a garment, you will enjoy the suede feel of the flocked Premier league badges and player’s name/number as well as the shiny smoothness of the embossed Adidas logo. For those who look for detail, see if you can find the holograms that appear in two places on the shirt.

Liverpool home and away kit 11/12 boys

 

The fabric used is Climacool; developed by Adidas to wick moisture from the underside of the material to the exterior enabling the body to stay cooler and drier during strenuous exercise.

My son’s verdict: really comfortable.

Liverpool away kit 11/12 worn by Australian boy

 

Where we live in the southern part of Australia, soccer and Aussie rules are the prevailing football codes. Our beautiful country town of Castlemaine has a vibrant soccer club including a strong female component. Lachie’s team boasts a number of Liverpool FC supporters, including the coach, so he was eyed with envy when he arrived at training in one of the latest jerseys.

Australian boys in full Liverpool uniforms

 

As usual, delivery was most prompt. Thank you MM Sport.

I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve include of my sons Lachie and Oscar in their Liverpool FC gear from MM Sport.

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Manchester United Product Reviews

Review: Manchester United away jersey 11-12

 REVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED AWAY JERSEY 2011-12

By MM Sports Man Utd ambassador Bülent Bahadır

It is a great honour for me to write a review of the Glourious Manchester United team kits. Every shirt with a Manchester United crest on it would definitely look fabulous but I try to be as objective as possible in this review.

Man United away jersey 11-12 Champs badges

 

This season’s Manchester United jersey is again supplied by Nike since 02/03 season. As its becoming a tradition Manchester United’s away jerseys are white and blue seperately for recent years. This season’s away jersey is blue and black colour, inspired by the blue kits worn in their several famous victories, including the 1948 FA Cup final and the 1968 European Cup final as in 08/09 third jersey was inspired from too. Main difference of this jersey from 08/09 third jersey is midnight navy blue and black striped hoops. These hoops are inspired by a previous United away jersey with the colour of red and white hoops and was worn for seven seasons between 1932 and 1939. With the combination of the old red-white away jersey worn at 30s and the victorious blue jersey, here we have the nice and modern looking 11/12 away jersey of Manchester United.

 

Manchester United team photo 1934-35 season

Manchester United 1934/35

There are eleven stripes on each hoop representing each member of the Manchester United team. There is a big difference from previous season’s jerseys, the club crest is no longer placed in a shield as it was in a shield since the season 07/08. With every merchandise of the club including the jerseys, training shirts, polos and etc, Nike used shielded club crest. Without a shield around it, club crest gets bigger compared to previous seasons so that it gives a nice and detailed look especially on TV.

Manchester United badges 2010-11 and 2011-12

Bigger club crest this season

Both Nike swoosh at the left side and the Manchester United crest at the right side of the chest are embroidered and AON sponsor printed on white colour. Jersey has a nice simple black collar and inside the collar “Manchester United“ printed. The back of the jersey features the famous devil symbol of the club in white colour which gives a nice detail to the jersey and reminds the club although team name was not written as most of the clubs do at the back top of their jerseys.

Man United away jersey devil

Famous devil of Manchester United at the back top of the jersey

Manchester United Jersey is made from Dri-Fit material, that’s recycled from plastic bottles(up to 13 discarded plastic water bottles used for each jersey) which keeps the body ventilated. Jersey’s template is same with the New France jerseys as they were the first 11/12 Nike jerseys announced. 

 

Manchester United away jersey Nani 17

Felt player name and numbering

Manchester United has EPL name and number printing as all of the Premier League team should have. After one year break, this season club will be carrying gold EPL champions badges on both of the arms. (Special thanks to MMSport, they are one of the few online jersey stores that apply Player Size Senscilla (Sporting ID) EPL Name&Numbering and Patches).

 

Man United away kit Champs badges 2010-11

Gold EPL patch 

All these small details come together and make this jersey look attractive and modern. This stunning jersey can be worn as a casual shirt, during the game or on the field. Previous two CL Final defeats with white away jersey, I wish this beautiful blue and black coloured away jersey brings the Champions League cup to Sir Alex and his lads. Glory Glory Man United.

 

Bülent Bahadır

Istanbul / 17th August 2011

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Review: Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11

Review: Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 from Puma

By MM Sports Joker Ambassador Aaron Holtsclaw 

      I am reviewing the 10/11 season Tottenham Hotspur jersey which is a light blue. The one I received was personalized with the number 11 and Van Der Vaart on the back which is good because he should play for Spurs for some time as opposed to Modric who will probably be leaving soon. Being a large man in the Los Angeles area who follows English Football, you get odd looks when you wear a jersey like that out in public. People around here recognize some of the more famous clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, or Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona. So a Spurs jersey in LA is definitely a conversation starter.

 

Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 no sponsor logo

 

     The jersey is manufactured by Puma and is put together well. I am a large man. My shirt size is 3XL. Most manufacturers don’t realize that there is a market for large jerseys. Everytime I watch a game from England, the camera will zoom into the crowd and it appears the crossection of fans features a few large dudes who in my eyes, would probably like to buy their teams kit but often cannot find it in their size. Modern jersey s have been trending towards a tight fitting jersey which is not good for large men. In America, the NFL has realized this and rakes in the money off of jersey sales with a large portion of them being in the large end of the size spectrum. But back to the jersey, I have seen plenty of bootleg jerseys in my day that are made from the weekest materials and it is obvious from the first look at this kit that it is genuine. The material feels nice and the lines are sewn without flaws. The bird on the Spurs crest sits proud on the ball and all 3 pumas are nice and clean as they jump across the chest and each arm. The personalization on the back of the shirt is applied nice with proper spacing. You would assume that I could hand this to a Spurs player who got blood on his shirt and he could rotate right back into the game wearing this.

 

Tottenham Hotspur away jersey 10-11 Van Der Vaart 11

 

     The shirt sponsor logo is unobtrusive to the overall look of the kit and rounds out a very well put together attractive jersey. With the light blue, you don’t have to worry about where you wear it in the Orange County/Los Angeles area because it doesn’t represent any gang colors. Overall this is an attractive jersey that I am happy to wear.

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Real Madrid

New Real Madrid Champions League away jersey 2011-12

New Product: Real Madrid Champions League away jersey 2011/12

Launch date of the RM CL away jersey 2011/12: 25th of August

We present the Real Madrid Champions League away jersey for the season 2011/12.

The color chosen for this year’s edition is red. Quite unusual since the usual color is purple, grey, blue, or shale.

However, according to adidas and other sources close to the issue it is not the first time in the history of Real Madrid that they wear a red jersey for European away matches. The same thing already happend on a couple of occassions during the 1960s and the 1970s.

Real Madrid Champions League away jersey 11-12 red

The sponsor logo is white as are the stripes on the sleeves.

The name and number kit that goes with the jersey is also white. Compared to the gold of the home and the away kit.

The jersey comes with a blue UEFA honors badge to the left arm sleeve + the UEFA starball patch to the right arm sleeve.