Hello! Welcome to my blog detailing my attempt to collect an official football shirt for all 209 FIFA nations. Down the right-hand side you'll find a list of links to all the countries I've got so far. For more information on how this madness all began have a look at the link here: THE CHALLENGE AND HOW IT STARTED. If you can help me out with a country which I haven't got yet then please send an email to cavemanninja@gmail.com. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions. Thanks a lot for visiting!

Friday, 15 March 2013


(Away 2013 - Airness)

Yes, it's another Mali shirt. It's the third one in the collection, mainly due to a vague nagging doubt about the authenticity of the previous two. This latest one was apparently purchased directly from the Fédération Malienne de Football headquarters in Bamako, Mali, so it counts in my book. Fortunately Mali shirts are generally pretty great, and this latest one is no exception, with a colourful diagonal pin-stripe effect which wouldn't look out of place covering a 1980s sofa. Like my last Mali shirt, this one also came with shorts, so if myself and a friend should want to dress up as a couple of Malian Full-Kit Wankers then the opportunity is now there. (Unsure what a Full-Kit Wanker is? Then have a look here and here).

This design was worn at this year's African Cup of Nations, where for the second year running Mali beat Ghana in the third-place play-off. Overall, it must be said that the tournament was something of a damp squib in footballing terms, although Mali's ex-Barcelona star Seydou Keita did his best to liven things up, scoring in the group stages, the quarter-final and in the third-place match and living up to his reputation as one of the most talented players in the tournament. It'd be nice if Mali actually won it one of these days, having exited at the semi-final stage four-times since 2002; it would also provide a sense of much-needed unity in a country which is rapidly fragmenting thanks to insurgency and uprising.

Here are a couple of pictures of the design in use at the 2013 African Cup of Nations:

"BRILLIANT! Mum's got chips!"

1 comment:

  1. I bought the same shirt and I'm pretty sure they are fake.