My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football.
In June 2017 I shall start out to cycle from Kirkenes on the Norwegian/Russian border to visit all the clubs in the top three divisions of Norwegian football.Yes, that’s some 5000 kms and 100 nights. The intention is to get 5000 signatures on one football shirt!
Already people are offering to support me and, very importantly, I have been promised the support of all the guys at The Shirt project. Thanks, guys! See more details here
In 2010 I cycled to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales. I set off in May and finished on 23 September 2010. I was met with almost universal kindness, hospitality and friendship. The 2016 trip will be more complex in many ways. I shall have tougher cycling conditions, much longer between stops and in a country where I do not know the language or have nearly so many contacts ….and I will be six years older!
Please check through the site to learn more about the project, the people involved and how you can also help and get involved.
The world of football suffered its worst ever air accident in November 2016 when a flight carrying the Brazilian team Chapecoense crashed near La Unión, Colombia. Among 41 dead were 19 players. 41 wasted lives and 19 players who would never again wear the green and white shirts of the Chapecó club.
The Spanish newspaper Marca ensured that every Spanish La Liga club would be represented at the proposed memorial museum in Brazil. They hand-delivered the shirts of the 20 La Liga teams of the 2016/2017 teams which had been autographed by the respective players.
The president of Chapecoense, David de Nes, was visibly moved by this demonstration of support from the Spanish teams.
The full article can be found in Marca of 20th January 2017
Win Gerard Pique’s shirt
Win an official Barça jersey signed by Gerard Piqué.
I cannot claim to be a huge Barcelona fan but recognise that this is a great competition for shirt collectors and Barcelona fans from anywhere in the world.
Just click here and register with only an email to win the shirt
…signed by the man himself. Good Luck.
C D Montesinos
Once upon a time there was a legend being built at the bottom of the Spanish football pyramid. FC Torrevieja, a “preferente” team (level 5) was attracting crowds of up to 6,000 each home game. Attendances were regularly above 2,000 and all was well. That size crowd is absolutely unheard of at this level. Even stranger is the fact that it was all done via the Torry Army Supporters´Club formed almost exclusively of NON-Spanish fans. The vast majority were expats who were flooding into Torrevieja during the Spanish building boom of 2001-2007. Torrevieja was a small coastal town that doubled in size to over 105,000 in those years with the vast majority being North Europeans looking for sun ….and cheap housing. The bubble burst, thousands went back to the UK and Ireland and the football club imploded.
Many of these expats moved 10 kms up the road to enjoy their football at CD Montesinos who play another two levels down in a league where 100 is considered a good crowd. They liked what they saw, they decided to get involved and the Full Monte was born. These loyal fans have been supporting the village team both home and away to the amusement and surprise (initially) of the local Spaniards who think football is Real Madrid and, maybe Barcelona! Following your “regional” team away from home is definitely considered “strange” and yet week by week in hail, rain or snow (actually sun, sun or sun) the Full Monte faithfully flock to see their heroes.
Europa Energy have now heard of this success story and are happy to sponsor the Full Monte. Their first event is a local derby against Redován on 19th February. Let’s hope that both parties enjoy a mutual benefit.
Incidentally, the CEO of Europa is none other than Graham Barber the ex Premiership and Championship League referee!
CD Montesinos ahead of their top of the table 4-4 draw against Benijófar on 15th January 2016.
Barcelona to Gibraltar
I came across this today and thought it needed a huge amount of extra support
Hi everyone and welcome to my campaign!
I’m Ilse, and on the 11th of November 2016, I’m starting a barefoot journey of more than a 1000 km via the coast from Barcelona to Gibraltar, to raise money for the less privileged children in and around the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
Besides raising funds, I would also like to raise awareness to the fact that almost half of the Kenyan population lives under the poverty line and many children have to walk barefoot to school every single day. Most of the roads in rural Kenya are not paved which causes painful wounds on little feet, this combined with poor hygiene and malnutrition easily leads to serious infections.
During this challenging walk, I will carry my two-year old daughter on my back in an African “Kitenge” just like the Kenyan momma’s do it! This means that besides carrying our 8 kg camping gear and clothes, I will be carrying an extra load of approximately 12 kg on my back.
I am hoping to walk about 10 to 15 km barefoot everyday, so the journey will take more or less a 100 days. Every night, I will ask the locals for a ‘garden camping spot’, so we can sleep legal, safe and free. Donations can be made here The funds raised will be used to buy children’s shoes, food and LifeStraw water filters. As usual, we will personally deliver the goods in Nairobi and the rural areas of Kenya. We will take photos of the children with their new shoes and supplies.
Thank you for your donation click here and know that you will help many children!
Not only are Europa a major telecom provider here in Spain, they are now offering low cost electric services via Europa Energy.
They offer a genuine saving on electric bills with English language support and 100% green energy. If anybody would like to know more, please let me know.
Best Retro Shirts Ever ……
My friends at Copa sent me an interesting newsletter recently. It made me think what were “THE” best shirts over the years. Obviously, I have a love affair with my first team (Gillingham 1964) and then Manchester United 1979 but many shirts remind me of great teams and great games.
Equally obviously, I love “The Shirt” inspired by the great Bjorn Heidenstrom
…and, of course, there was the England red shirt in the 1966 Cup Final
Copa suggested these:
…..all good talking points!
Hércules de Alicante
Hércules are a 2B team (third level in Spain) from the Costa Blanca city of Alicante. It’s a club with a proud history but sadly one which has suffered in recent years both on and off the field. As recently as 2010/2011 they were in La Liga with players like Drenthe, David Trezeguet and Nelson Valdez but finished second bottom despite a famous 2-0 victory in the Camp Nou against Barcelona who previously had been unbeaten at home in 16 months!
…and history repeated itself with a Copa del Rey home and away tie versus Barcelona. The home match was a tense 1-1 draw so there was all to play for in the Catalan capital. Sadly, it went horribly wrong as a Barcelona team without Messi Suarez, Neymar and Piqué thrashed the Alicante minnows 7-0.
The anecdote of the game in Barcelona was the shirt that the Alicante team wore. It was white as opposed to the usual blue and white and was issued only for this one game. Although it did not do the away team much good, it was an interesting initiative.
Photo www.marca.com on 21st December 2016
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CLUB CREST
Amidst all the controversy about the new Atlético de Madrid club badge, it’s good to see that the Brentford badge above has been accepted rather more positively.
The club write,
“Over the past 18 months we have been consulting with fans, staff, the owner and other stakeholders about our Club crest.
Having heard a wide range of opinions we have made the decision to update it, and now we are excited to reveal our new Brentford FC Club crest to all of our fans.
Although our current crest naturally means a lot to all Brentford fans, it also causes us challenges. There are two fundamental reasons why we are updating it.
Firstly, its complicated design makes it impractical to use, particularly at small sizes. It was designed in 1993 before the digital revolution and does not replicate well in many online media and printed items. We regularly run into difficulties in these areas.
Secondly, there are lots of elements in the design fighting for attention. This contributes to our crest not being nearly as recognisable as other clubs’ crests. In an independent survey of football fans we found our crest to be significantly less recognisable than other London teams – among national and local respondents.
By solving these problems and introducing a much more iconic design, we believe that our new crest will strengthen our identity, help raise our profile and better demonstrate our status as an ambitious, forward-thinking Club. All of which are vital as we aim to build a sustainable future.”
For those who want to learn even more about the design process, there is a comprehensive overview here.
My friends from Copa sent me this today. I thought it deserved more eyeballs.
This BSC Young Boys retro shirt is a throwback to the 1985-86 season where Young Boys travelled to play their title rivals Neuchâtel Xamax and stunned them with a 4-1 win. The Swiss title was secured for the first time in 26 years and remains the most recent the club has won to date.
BSC Young Boys
This retro shirt can be found in the fanstore and webshop of BSC Young Boys, on copafootball.com and via selected retailers and online resellers.
My friends at COPA sent this a few days ago. I thought many would like to see some classic shirts!
Pele Good, Maradona Better, George Best!
3 new retro shirts have been added to our George Best collection. The shirts pay tribute to his glorious football career and some of the unique teams he played for.
The complete George Best collection can be found via copafootball.com, in our flagshipstore in Amsterdam and via selected retailers and online resellers.