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A Badge of Honour? Part Two

I know what you are thinking, “was there even a ‘Part One’?” Yes. Yes there was. Just like all good multi-part blog posts I have waited three and a half years to write a follow-up to this much-loved original (you’ll just have to take my word on the “much-loved” bit).

If you were a fan of the original post then you will know that I took 10 awful/bizarre football club badges and presented them to you for judgement. This delayed second post will follow pretty much the same format (but there will only be 6 because I don’t have the time to find 10).

Warriors FC (Singapore)

What do you mean you have never heard of the most successful club in the Singaporean S.League? You may have heard of them but under their old name (you probably haven’t heard of them). Until 2003 ‘Warriors’ were known as Singapore Armed Forces Football Club but then the league association decided that they would force every side to adopt an animal as a mascot and they rejected the SAFFC proposal to have a warrior instead of a random animal. This then left the club with this ridiculous badge…

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Limon FC (Costa Rica)

Part of me thinks that having a tornado as a club logo isn’t the worst idea in the world. That part of me is wrong. Despite being an actual top flight side in Costa Rica it is incredible that anyone, anywhere thought that this lime green monstrosity was a good idea. The tornado itself is bizarre (with his tiny arms adding an extra dimension) but the whole crest is just plain awful.

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SexyPöxyt (Finland)

Supporting a side in the Finnish 4th tier is, I’d imagine, a pretty hard slog. Things would be made even more difficult if you had to explain to people that the team you follow, in this case SexyPöxyt, are named after underwear. If you are wondering what the word ‘Pöxyt’ actually means it is ‘Pants’. The team are literally called ‘Sexy Pants’. Their logo? Could it be anything else…

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FC Show (Norway)

This next logo is FABULOUS. Nothing screams football more than a waiter decked out in pink holding a football on his serving tray. To be fair FC Show sound like they are  actually a pretty well run club who raise a lot of money for charity (the FC Show wet t-shirt car wash being a particular success, check Wikipedia out if you don’t believe me).

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AS Marsa (Tunisia)

I don’t like camels. I also don’t like badly drawn animals. When you combine the two, add a terrible colour scheme and try to design a football logo then the result is always going to be a bit rubbish. The Tunisian top flight side really need to have a rethink here…

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Bohemians Praha 1905 (Czech Republic)

The story behind this logo is pretty interesting. Back in 1927 AFK Vršovice of Prague took part in a tour of Australia. At the end of the tour they were given two kangaroos and they were donated to the Prague Zoo. Also during the tour the team had adopted the name ‘Bohemians’ to signify the region they were from in the Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia back then). they decided to stick with the name and also decided to honour the kangaroos by having one on their new badge.

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Perennial Underachievers Presents….The Top 10 Kits of 2017/18 – Part Two

Before we move on to the top 5 kits of 2017/18 I think it is important to point out that many of these kits belong to some smaller brands that have been working incredibly hard to get noticed over the past few years. For me, Macron in particular have produced some fantastic strips in recent seasons and they have managed to edge away at the Nike and Adidas dominance. A mention also to Le Coq Sportif and Hummel. Both of these brands have had a bit of a comeback in the last two years and long may it continue. In terms of Nike and Adidas, the ‘big two’ have been guilty of laziness when it comes to kit design and the worst offenders for generic templates are undoubtedly Nike.

5. Lazio Home (Macron)

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4. Fiorentina Home (Le Coq Sportif)

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3. Brondby IF Home (Hummel)

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2. Denmark Euro 92 Tribute (Hummel)

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1. Germany Home (Adidas)

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So, there we have it. If you have any thoughts on my list then please do let me know but I am pretty happy with my selections! The only strip that is unavailable for purchase at the moment is the Denmark kit. It was only ever a very limited (and expensive) release.

Perennial Underachievers Presents….The Top 10 Kits of 2017/18 – Part One

I’m a bit of a football kit anorak. I own more football tops than the average 30 something and I definitely do not have the physique to pull them off. There is a large basket of kits that sits in our spare room and in it there are strips that I have probably only worn once and a couple that have never even seen the light of day (in these cases I protest that medium should mean medium). This season my football kit obsession has taken on a new meaning as I welcomed my son into the world. It only took a matter of days after his birth for me to begin his own football kit collection (much to the annoyance of my wife). Thus, the cycle continues.

With much of my time spent trawling websites to find new football strips to waste my money on I thought that it might be a good idea to do an end of year list of the best kits to be released for the 2017/18 season (including the World Cup). So, over today and tomorrow, I present to you my definitive top 10.

10. Cruzeiro Home (Umbro)

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9. Scotland Home (Adidas)

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8. Club Brugge Away (Macron)

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7. 1860 Oktoberfest (Macron)

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6. Odense Thomas Helveg (Hummel)

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Part one done, stay tuned for the top 5 some time tomorrow…

 

The Numbers Game

You may have noticed that in the last few seasons we have seen a big push on statistics in football. This has now also found its way on to our TV screens as Sky and BT Sport start to tell us about things like “Expected Goals”. There is also a burgeoning online community dedicated to statistical analysis in football (but I must admit much of it passes me by). For anyone struggling to get their head around this sudden influx of numbers then I would recommend giving “The Numbers Game” a quick watch. This 20 minute documentary is produced by FourFourTwo and gives a brief, but interesting take on the use of data in sport.