Take a step through the turnstile and listen to the roar of the crowd. Before you lies a rich collection of artefacts and memorabilia which tells the secret story of football. It is a story of glory, tragedy and the game that Scotland gave to the world.

"You are standing in the oldest, continuously used national football stadium in the world, in the most important country in world football history," says Ged O'Brien, manager of the newly opened Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Glasgow

He is well qualified to make such a bold assertion. He has, after all, been piecing this story together for the past 12 years. Scots may not have invented the game per se, but there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the passing style we recognise in modern football originated on a public park little more than a free-kick's length away from where we stand.

The IASSC (internet association of soccer shirt collectors) was a organisation for collectors of football shirts which started out in the late 1990's.

Many collectors on the collectors society page on footballshirtculture were once member of this organisation.A lot of them exchanged information and shirts for many years and still do today.The IASSC shut down in 2004 because of some dishonest collectors who sold and swapped fake playershirts.

To many collectors the IASSC was big help in collecting shirts and finding information about FAKE football shirts..

Here you find the: IASSC Files


Doha, QATAR – A staggering US$11.25 million was raised at the second Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner in Doha with several exclusive items up for auction at the star-studded event held in the Qatari capital.

In the space of just an hour, seven exceptional lots ranging from the Golden Football, specially designed jewellery and ceramics donated by celebrities, to a Maserati car, classic Harley Davidson motorcycle and superbike, went under the hammer of London-based auction house Sotheby’s.

The generosity of some guests who successfully bid for the auction items saw selected lots put back into the auction for a second round of auctioning to drive up funds raised on the night. Money raised from the night easily surpassed the US$10 million raised at last year’s inaugural Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final football fetched US$2.4million, while an iconic piece of jewellery designed by the prestigious fashion house Boucheron went for US$3.2million.

"I believe that Leeds took their colours from the great Real Madrid team of the 50s," writes Neil Connolly. " I also heard that Juventus took their colours from Notts County. Are there any other clubs who took their kit from different teams?"

We might as well start with Arsenal, Neil, who pinched their dark red shirts from Nottingham Forest. "In 1895 a selection of Forest players joined the squad, bringing their old kit along with them," explains the Arsenal website.


The company was founded in 1920, in Wilmslow,Manchester, as Humphrey Brothers Clothing; in 1924, the company changed its name to Umbro, a contraction of its previous name, Humphrey Brothers.

As one of the earliest kit suppliers to professional clubs, Umbro's early successes included the kitting out of the Manchester City team which won the FA Cup in 1934 and from the 1950's, Umbro were official kit suppliers to a growing number of national and club sides including the Brazil World Cup winning teams or 1958, 62 and 1970.

In 1966, all but one of the 16 teams wore Umbro, with England lifting the trophy in their famous red Umbro kit! In 1985, in Brazil, Umbro introduced its first football boot, which went into production two years later.

Umbro also manufactured a popular style of shorts, which reached its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were made of nylon, had a drawstring waistband, and often came in bright colors

In light of terrible instance of fan racism in Serbia this past weekend and considering the fact that it Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, you would think that UEFA would be pleased with the French club AS Nancy’s decision to wear shirts that read “No to racism” during UEFA Cup matches. Think again.

Europe’s football ruling body has banned AS Nancy from wearing the shirts in the competition because they do not comply with the competition’s rules because the slogan is on the neck, where the only writing allowed is the name of the sponsor.

As one of the world's largest sport brands, Kappa sponsors a list ofsports stars and teams, and a wide range of European football teamstry to make dreams come true wearing Kappa. This goes for, among others, Italian Sampdoria and Brescia,Dutch Feyenoord, German Werder Bremen,Spanish Real Betis, Swedish Hammarby and Danish FC Copenhagen

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It is hard to believe that a modern and progressive company like Kappa is almost a hundred years old. But the truth is that Kappa was founded as a sock and underwear company in 1916 in the Italian city Turin.
In the 1950s the Maglificio Calzificio Torinese (MCT), already a leading manufacturer of socks and underwear in Italy, created Kappa, a sub-brand of the Aquila brand, as a result of a production problem that had caused a loss in sales.

FC Barcelona and Nike inc. have reached an agreement to extend their current deal by five years until 2013. The deal is thought to be worth around 150m Euros (189m Dollars). The agreement also includes a clause whereby the contract can be extended five years more until the year 2018.

 "FC Barcelona is one of the best football teams and one of the most attractive to watch. We are extremely satisfied in extending this contract", said Mark Marker, president and CEO of Nike Inc. "The relationships we hold with top football clubs such as FC Barcelona help us to maintain our role in the world's most popular sport and to be the most important brand in the world of football".

By Neil Andrews

In the early history of the game, teams were identified by the colours of their caps and socks or simply by armbands. But by the time the first ever FA Cup Final was played in 1872, teams had adopted their own distinctive strips and team colours, which in many cases have remained essentially the same ever since

Strict rules governed what was and what wasn't permissible in terms of colours and patterns. Goalkeepers in particular, until the rules were relaxed in the 1970s, were limited to green, blue, scarlet and white tops except for international matches, where yellow was the colour of choice. Green proved most popular simply because of the law of averages - very few teams wore green as their first strip. But it wasn't until the turn of the century that goalkeepers began to take on a separate identity. Indeed, prior to the First World War, the only way a goalie was distinguishable from his teammates was by the fact that he wore a cap on his head - although it must be said that in 1909 Scottish goalkeepers were instructed to wear different coloured jersey from the rest of their teammates.

FC Barcelona's fame as the only major European team not to wear advertising on the front of its shirts is over. Yet the European champion is delighted by the groundbreaking manner it has broken with tradition — through an agreement to publicize UNICEF.

The front of Barcelona's maroon and blue striped jersey sported the name of the children's charity for the first time in the Champions League game with Levski Sofia.


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