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Dear Son,

In the year Dad was born, the greatest Star Wars movie was released, Liverpool FC won the league and John Lennon died.

The year you were born in happens to be a World Cup year. While Dad has addressed the events that happened in his year of birth by collecting related memorabilia, he deemed it fit to collect World Cup 2010 replica football shirts to commemorate the year of your birth.

In time to come these will be yours, and Dad hopes football will be one of the things we have in common, as father and son.

Brazil nike World Cup 2010 Home KitItaly puma World Cup 2010 Home KitItaly puma World Cup 2010 Away KitGermany adidas World Cup 2010 Home KitGermany adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Argentina adidas World Cup 2010 Home KitArgentina adidas World Cup 2010 Away KitFrance adidas World Cup 2010 Home KitFrance adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

England umbro World Cup 2010 Home KitEngland umbro World Cup 2010 Away KitSpain adidas World Cup 2010 Home KitSpain adidas World Cup 2010 Away KitNetherlands nike World Cup 2010 Home Kit



Dad attempted to collect at least one team from each group and managed to do so. Only Brazil and Netherlands are missing their away shirts. When you come to appreciate the sport, some of these teams may well be living in the shadows of their former successes, but here's Dad's thoughts about the following teams, in the run up to the World Cup.

Brazil nike World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Brazil nike World Cup 2010 Home Kit

The 5 time World Cup victors have traditionally been a joy to watch for their sublime skills but Dunga's tactics may not reproduce the electrifying Brazilian Samba that we've all come to know and love. However, they remain the only team to have won the World Cup outside their continent.

Italy puma World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Italy puma World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Italy puma World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Italy puma World Cup 2010 Away Kit

The current world cup holders are an ageing team, and it will be interesting to see if their experience works for them or if their old legs trip them up. Should they snag this World Cup, they'll be tied on trophies with Brazil.

Germany adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Germany adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Germany adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Germany adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

The three-time champions will be keen to make up for their Euro 2008 disappointment and boasts a relatively young squad. However, their mechanical efficiency and methodical football still remains hallmarks of the Mannschaft.

Argentina adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Argentina adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Argentina adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Argentina adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Having the player who played a key role in Argentina's last World Cup victory in 1986 as the gaffer is a romantic notion, but the Albicelestes's qualifying campaign was anything but. Maradona's erratic decisions and behaviour on and off the pitch provides endless entertainment and drama, but it may not translate into World Cup success. Still, it is hard to resist witnessing a strike force consisting of Messi, Tevez, Higuaín and Aguero in fine form on the grandest football stage.

France adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

France adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

France adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

France adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

I detested how Henry cheated to ensure qualification for the World Cup at Ireland's expense and only got their shirts to make sure I had an least one team from each group. Their away shirt is quite a nice number and the pinstripes will be repeated in Liverpool FC's 10/11 Away Kit. France are a Jekyll and Hyde national team, but I'm not getting my hopes up for any surprise from them.

England umbro World Cup 2010 Home Kit

England umbro World Cup 2010 Home Kit

England umbro World Cup 2010 Away Kit

England umbro World Cup 2010 Away Kit

The affinity for our ex-colonial masters among Singaporeans is understandable, but the belief in the English team is questionable, having witnessed England choke time and time again at major tournaments. If it's any consolation, at least England will be one of the best dressed teams at the World Cup.

Spain adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Spain adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Spain adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Spain adidas World Cup 2010 Away Kit

Spain's fluid football and team spirit see them as favourites for this tournament, and their credentials are boasted by their recent Euro 2008 victory. Should the whole team click, it is quite plausible to see them raise La Coupe du monde.

Netherlands nike World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Netherlands nike World Cup 2010 Home Kit

Holland fans' jubilation would be indeed a sight to behold should the Oranje finally shed their tag of eternal bridesmaids. Their greatest achievements remain their Euro 1988 victory and World Cup runners-up finishes in 1974 and 1978, which is less than what the nation that brought the world Total Football deserves. Their qualifying campaign and friendlies leading up the final shows that they are a team that can score freely and I personally hope they carry on their form in the tournament.

Let the month-long football madness begin!

5 comments:

  1. neoconvoy says:

    In time to come these will be yours,....


    yes, in time to come, he will inherit your junk. haha.

  1. Armand says:

    Happy birthday lil Shaun Jnr! Let's just hope when he inherits your collection he doesn't sell it off, hahahaha!

  1. Shaun says:

    @TED: LOL. F@#% You!

    @Armand: It's his choice ultimately.

  1. Lovely post!
    You son is lucky to have a dad give him all these!

  1. Shaun says:

    thanks, I am fortunate to have him to give me so much joy.