On a recent post, someone suggested I not wear my England top around too much, for reasons in safety. I’m not sure he was being completely serious, but anyway. It is something I’ve found a little odd. Mexicans love football shirts, as we do in England. But whereas back home, you wear the shirts of only two teams, your club and your country, in Mexico you’ll find people wearing all sorts of tops. Argentina tops, I can understand – there’s a pretty big Argentine community in Mexico. The Spanish kit is also understandable, to a degree. Mexicans need to keep a team in reserve to support once they have gone out, after all – or their interest in the World Cup would be short lived!
But I see people walking around wearing French, Italian, German and English national shirts all the time. And others. Why? Beyond national teams, there are plenty of foreign clubs represented too. again, I can understand Barcelona and Real Madrid. I can also understand Arsenal, who have Carlos Vela playing for them. But Chelsea? Newcastle? Liverpool? I don’t geddit. In England this would be considered treachery! But still, this isn’t England. It’s Mexico, and all the sports shops have their mannequins fully equipped to take advantage of the wealthier Mexicans who feel a Mexican shirt isn’t enough for their wardrobe.
I’ll be getting my Mexico kit soon. It’s not cheap at 850 pesos, but I’ll have to bite the bullet. Unless I can find a really good quality fake! I’m not terribly keen on England’s current strip – like many teams for the World Cup, they’ve gone retro and kept things simple. But perhaps a little too simple. Germany’s kit is an example of how it should be done – that’s my favourite design of all the World Cup teams. England’s kit is far from the worst though.
Cameroon, Slovenia and the USA with both their home and away strips are vying for the prize for most vomit inducing designs. Cameroons shirt, I’m sure, was designed by their immigration department, so that they can be instantly spotted in a crowd and rounded up. Oh, wait…it’s North Korea who has that problem. Nevermind. Perhaps Slovenia’s kit was designed by the team with evading immigration in mind. As for the US. That was designed by someone who thought he were creating a tennis outfit.
I’ve also started a new set on Flickr – World Cup 2010. I’ll be keeping all my summer footy fotos in there. I’ll be wandering around a plenty with my camera snapping everything I see that is World Cup related in some way. Until the tournament actually starts, I have to keep myself entertained somehow. Have I missed any horror shirts though? The image below has my favourites (top) and the nasties (below). I think it safe to say that when England thrashes the US and helps them on their way out of the tournament, we’ll be doing not only Mexico a good turn, but the world of fashion as well.