World Cup Cool Stuff Round-up
This is looking like being the best World Cup ever, and there’s still plenty of time to, ahem, get your teeth stuck into the greatest tournament on Earth – even if you’re English (or Uruguayan!). The usual quota of branded guff has been mass-produced for kids and fans alike, including of course the replica shirts for fifty quid a pop and £450 Panini sticker album (a rather inflated amount, bandied about in the Press as some kind of average, but still). I’ve reviewed some great World Cup related swag that is a little different and altogether awesome, so read on and enter our competition for a chance to win some of the products for yourselves.
Limpar From Halfway!
Any Sensible Soccer fans out there? Check out 8-bit Football for some fine artwork and T-Shirts depicting famous moments in football. Notable World Cup related designs include Rijkaard clearing his throat on Völler, and Dennis’ wondergoal against the Argies are an absolute joy.
There’s also a Sensible Soccer inspired game, called Pixel Soccer, in development, with a kickstarter in place to get the game finished. Was I the only person to try and recreate Limpar’s halfway line goal against Liverpool on Sensible World of Soccer? Soon, all Gooners can try it again for themselves.
Can you hold your nerve in a Penalty Shootout?
On a similar note, have a go on this innovative World Cup Penalty Shootouts game from ICE Viral. An awesome, interactive piece of content to test your World Cup knowledge and reminisce about times when England actually made it through to the knockout stages, only to lose on penalties obviously, but anyway… Makes a change from the usual dry, historical content or lame quizzes you find plastered across the interweb. Watch out for a USA ’94 related cameo and some wonderful kits and barnets! Oh and tweet/facebook your score for a chance to win fifty quid.
No More #fullkitw@nker
Bored with lining the pockets of major sports brands, rolling out tired kit designs? Desperate for a stylish nod to yesteryear that won’t break the bank? Look no further than Campo Retro. The Brasil 14 range takes inspiration from England’s airtex shirt for Mexico ’70 and incorporates a Jules Rimet – Christ the Redeemer style emblem. Available in a range of nations, from Brazil to Belgium; Argentina to Australia. The Brazil shirt is a beauty; think Topper 1982 worn by Zico, Socrates et al, fused with the classic shirt worn by a pre-pubescent Pele and Garrincha at Sweden ’58.Also available are a number of classic reissues including some France, Holland and, err, England classics. Our favourites are the Holland USA’94 shirt (with Bergkamp 10 on the back of course) and the France ’98 shirt worn by Petit, Vieira and Thierry. All shirts are available with personalisation.
Football IS Art!
We’re huge fans of Paine Profitt’s amazing football artwork and when we found out that Genesis Sports were issuing mugs, coasters and T-shirts donning his fine work, we were more than happy. The World Cup Mugs and Coasters (no, not England’s back four) would look right at home on any coffee table. Also available are a selection of T-Shirts featuring Paine’s trademark designs that offer a nod to a bygone era of the beautiful game, and offer something a little different for the discerning football fan.
Can I flick it? Yes you can
Not really World Cup related, but pretty cool nonetheless are the Subbuteo products on offer from Thabto. The Subbuteo bottle opener is a glorious product, well crafted, practical and looks great. And the salt and pepper grinders are equally brilliant; well designed and come in old-school Subbuteo green packaging, which those of a certain age will weep with nostalgia at.
Got, got, got, NEED!
Finally, an alternative to Panini is the excellent Kampion card game featuring humorous artist impressions of the world’s great players – and Robbie Keane.
From artists including Stanley Chow, Kampion, like Pixel Soccer (above), is a creative collaboration in need of finance in order to be available to football fans around the globe. Two great products, far more inspiring than the usual commercial crap force fed to us fans, so support them if you can. I have!
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For your chance to win the following prizes, answer the following questions:
To win an 8bit Football Dennis Bergkamp T-shirt
How many goals did Dennis score for Holland? Email your answer here along with your name and address.
To win a Campo Retro shirt of your choice
How many caps did Manu Petit win for France? Email your answer here along with your name and address.
To win a Paine Proffitt World Cup Mugs & Coasters Set
Which former Arsenal player won the most caps for England? Email your answer here along with your name and address.
To win a Subbuteo Bottle Opener, courtesy of Thabto
How many players are there in a Subbuteo team? Email your answer here along with your name and address.
To win a Subbuteo salt & pepper shaker, courtesy of Thabto
Name the 1988 number 1 hit by Salt-n-Pepa? Email your answer here along with your name and address.