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Rangers fans will not be able to purchase the new replica kit that Mark Warburton’s side will wear during their Premiership title challenge next term.

The long-running feud between the Ibrox board and Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley took another twist four weeks ago when the merchandise deals with Rangers Retail Limited were effectively ripped up as Rangers served notice terminating the Intellectual Property licence and rights agreement with immediate effect. It means that items featuring registered trademarks – including the famous Rangers badge – are unable to be sold once the current stock has been shifted.

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Although most may regard Adidas as simply a sportswear and equipment conglomerate the truth is that Adidas, through its various iterations, was the architect of modern sports marketing. It was founder Adi Dassler that first paid sizeable amounts of money to athletes to wear Adidas footwear.

It was Dassler’s son Horst, who first envisioned the marrying the worldwide broadcasting of major sports events with the promotion of Adidas and other global companies products. Horst Dassler was the dark wizard who planned and schemed with João de Havelange (FIFA), Primo Nebiolo (IAAF) and Juan Antonio Samaranch (IOC) to turn sports into a multi-billion dollar billboard for business.

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Football kit manufacturer Puma is investigating why the shirts of at least four Swiss players got ripped in Sunday's goalless draw against France at Euro 2016. The game, which saw Switzerland join France into the knockout phase, was not unduly rough or dirty, yet three times in the first half Swiss players had to go to the sidelines to swap their torn tops.

"Seeing our shirts being ripped in a match last night was the first time we have experienced such an issue. Five PUMA teams have played 10 games in this tournament without such problems," the German manufacturer said in a statement.

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Ever wondered what football strips would look like after a fashion makeover? Well wonder no longer.

To celebrate the start of the The 2016 UEFA European Championship this weekend, Lyst teamed up with graphic designer and illustrator Angelo Trofa to create a series of fantasy fashion football strips. From an English kit 'sponsored' by Alexander McQueen to a Spanish strip which borrows signatures from Loewe, here London-based Trofa creates concept designs which explore a team’s visual and cultural identity.

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Football captures hearts and minds all year round. But international football is instilled with singular power. It stirs national fervour, brings utter elation and inflicts the bitterest disappointment. Football creates loyalty many brands can only dream of.
 
As Euro 2016 kicks off we’re set to witness plenty of great performances, but only a few will persist in our memory. Veneration in football is about more than just national pride. It’s about heritage – and the blood, sweat and tears it takes to build it. We may know what a brilliant team looks like, but what truly makes an iconic football brand? 
 

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The auction of Pelé’s personal collection became most lucrative sale of football memorabilia in history with the 2000 items totalling £3.6m including premium with 100% of the lots sold.

The vast collection of medals, trophies, awards, novelty items and personal property (there were even 15 of his old passports, one of which made £6000) was consigned by the three-time World Cup winner himself and had never been auctioned before. At the sale itself, the auctioneers reported bidding from around the globe as the event posted a string of exceptional prices. A top price of £320,000 came for a special replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy which was made for Pelé after the 1970 World Cup.

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A battle between Adidas and Nike for dominance of the global football gear market is driving a steep rise in sponsorship payments to elite clubs - and cutting into the two manufacturers' profits.

Shirt deal inflation is reinforcing the advantage of about a dozen clubs with a global fan base - among them Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two Manchester clubs and Paris Saint Germain. These same clubs benefit from bigger revenues from broadcast rights, helping them pay for the best players.

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Tinkoff cycling team have released a new training jersey on the eve of the Dubai Tour to commemorate former Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona.

The half-and-half jersey incorporates the bright yellow colours of Tinkoff’s current kit as well as the iconic blue colours of Napoli, taken from when Maradona formerly played for the club. Based on the 1987 version of Napoli’s shirt, the year in which Maradona won his first Italian Championship with the club, it will also include his famous number 10 on the back.

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Ipswich Town’s maroon and navy striped away shirt was welcomed with hugely positive reviews when it was launched in the summer, with strong sales continuing throughout the season.

But to date the Barcelona-inspired kit has been used just once this season – during a 2-0 away loss at Blackburn in October – much to the frustration of supporters who have paid as much as £70 for the whole kit and up to £45 for the shirt.

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What do players wear on the pitch? Trends seem to come and go.

was showing a friend my treasures, which I always do when it is their first time to my house. I have a set pattern, a guided tour of my twenty or so collections, trotting out the same spiel about how those four Beatles photos are originals but we had a leak and they got ruined.

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