i want: the secret footballer’s guide to the modern game

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Believe it or not, I don’t do all of my reading on the internet. Yes, from time to time, I still pick up and read timeless paper-bound words. Though normally it’s still soccer related as well. And the next book I’d like to mark down on my list of reads is the latest from The Secret Footballer. Not familiar with TSF? An author of a weekly column the Guardian that is purportedly a current Premier League player — either that or we’re all victims of an incredibly slick bit of marketing — The Secret Footballer dishes “insider” information on the professional game thanks to the safety of the protective pseudonym. There’s an entire website devoted to uncovering his identity, though nothing has been confirmed to this point.

Anyway, the first two books from The Secret Footballer — I Am the Secret Footballer and Tales From the Secret Footballer — were incredibly fun and relatively easy reads that shed a lot of insight into the professional game. And as such, I’m eagerly looking forward to reading his latest effort: The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game. It doesn’t help that I’m already a sucker for tactics reading. And if this one is anything like the last two, I’ll finish it in a couple of days.

And to be clear… yes Mom, this is something I’d like for Christmas.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  amazon.com

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i want: world f.c. shirts

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World F.C. Champions Collection

If you’ve been around these parts any amount of time, you probably already know of my obsession with soccer tees. My shirt preference is usually to buy from the small-shop designers too, instead of the ones coming from the big boys. That helps to explain why I have a closet teeming with shirts from the likes of Bumpy Pitch, 3nil, Copa, Who Are Ya Designs and of course my own original WSOTP Shop tees. So I feel downright shameful that I haven’t yet picked up a shirt from fellow Ohio-based outfit World F.C. And with their new “Champions Collection” dropping soon, this seems like the perfect time to add to my own collection.

World F.C.’s new collection adds seven new shirts “featuring iconic design elements from the champions of yesterday and today”. I particularly fancy the Boca Juniors and PSG designs from this set, but any of the shirts in the line-up are worth a punt. I’ve been eyeing this Spurs shirt from their other shirts for a while now, too.

Anyway, pre-orders on the new Champions Collection are going on now and will begin shipping soon, so make sure to get your order in soon.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  worldfootballclothing.com

i want: adidas predator instinct 94

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Adidas Predator Instinct 94

Back in 1994, twelve-year-old me was fascinated with all things World Cup. My parents were awesome throughout the tournament: driving us up north from Ohio to Detroit, purchasing tickets to the games, letting me watch way more TV than I was normally allowed so I could watch the others we didn’t attend. They were even cool enough to purchase me the now infamous denim kit so I could look like my hero Cobi Jones. The one thing they refused to spoil me? The amazingly futuristic boots that had their own tent at the games and were being trod about on the pitch by some of the game’s biggest names: the original Adidas Predators. And rightly so, as no 12-year-old needed a pair of boots that cost $150 — which in 2014 dollars is a now “normal” $240. But that didn’t change the fact I wanted them, and badly.

Fast forward to 2014 though, and the folks at Adidas have given me a chance fulfill my childhood dream by releasing the Predator Instinct 94. One of three retro-inspired boots released by the German athletic giants to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Predator line, all of are built on the line’s latest incarnation, the Predator Instinct. I like them all, but these stand out from the pack if for no other reason than my inner 12-year-old is screaming at me to pick them up.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  soccer.com

i want: hurley phantom national team boardshorts

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Hurley Phantom US National Team Boardshorts

With summer fast approaching, many here in the US are turning their thoughts to warmer summer activities: going to the beach, heading to the pool, or catching some waves. But for those of us who are a bit soccer obsessed, the imminent World Cup in Brazil will force us to put many of our summer plans for fun in the sun on hold for our love of football. However, surfwear company Hurley are trying their best to combine the best of both worlds.

Through a partnership with Nike, Hurley are dropping three pairs of their cutting edge Phantom boardshorts inspired by the soccer national team kits of three of the Big Swoosh’s most iconic sides: hosts Brazil, one-time winners France and of course, the US Men’s National Team. Accompanying shirts and hats will also debut with the rest of the collection on May 1, 2014. So whether you’ll be on the beaches of Rio this summer or rooting for your side from your favorite seaside tiki bar, you’ll still be able to support your national team in style.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  hurley.com

i want: adidas samba primeknit

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adidas Samba primeknit

Every so often, a new type of boot comes along an blows the lid off of the way everyone thinks about soccer boots. And the adidas Samba primeknit is just that type of boot. Billed as the “world’s first knitted football boot” — though I recall a pair of woven-Kevlar Fila’s back in the late 1990’s that might object to that claim — the primeknit is said to offer unparalleled comfort, fit and flexibility thanks to the specially coated knit yarn design. Adidas even went as far as to say that it offers a “bespoke” fit; impressive if true, though that likely means they’ll be a bit pricey. And given that the new boot will be dawned by stars such as Luis Suárez, you can imagine they must be worth the added expense.

Whether these boots will be able to stand the average wear and tear of a normal player’s weekly football routine, that’s a question for another day. But in the mean time, I’ll just admire them for their sexy aesthetic.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  adidas.com/football

i want: FOSU premier league cap

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FOSU Premier League Caps

As a bit of a cap connoisseur, I’ve always been disappointed with the dearth of hat options for soccer fans. Outside of the standard hats offered in most club shops and online retailers, the selection of premium Premier League caps is dire. I’m talking about stylish caps, like the ones popular here in the States for MLB and NFL. But the folks over at FOSU are trying to change that with their new line of snapbacks and beanies. And they’re certainly checking all the right boxes with designs reminiscent of the Starter and Sof Bill script hats that were popular in the 90’s and now making a retro return.

FOSU’s current offering provides hats for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and United in a wide array of colors. And with Spurs and other club’s designs promised to be in the works, I’m anxiously looking forward to ordering one of my own.

FOSU have provided you WSOTP readers an exclusive 10% discount if you use the code “wsotp10″ at checkout… so hit the link below to order your’s now!

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT   |   fosuwear.it

i want: 1994 stars by bumpy pitch

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Bumpy Pitch 1994 Stars Shirt

As I’ve said more times on this blog than I could even count, the 1994 World Cup here in the United States was a seminal moment in my life. Just 12 years old at the time, I completely immersed myself in the World Cup and the US national team in a way that I was never able to prior to that point. The experience cemented me as a life-long soccer fanatic — and likely is the primary reason for this website’s existence in the first place.

And for that reason, the iconic denim jersey worn by the US team that summer holds a particularly important place in my heart. So when the fine folks over at Bumpy Pitch dropped their ode to one of the national team’s most infamous beloved jerseys last week, it was a forgone conclusion that I would want one. And since getting your hands on one of the actual Adidas denim kits these days can be a little pricey, this t-shirt makes for an even more amazing (and affordable) alternative.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT   |   bumpypitch.com

i want: football type

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Football Type

Though my love for football is pretty much a given, most anyone who’s come around these parts at least a few times has probably also caught wind of my love for design. From crest redesigns to new kit nuances, or fan art to my obsession with the “brand” that WSOTP has developed into, I’ve written acres of text on the broad reaching subject. I just love it when those involved with the game go about designing things the right way and pay attention to all the little details. So when I heard that a new book was coming out that focuses entirely on the typography used by football clubs and brands, I just knew it would end up being the next item on my “I Want” list… so long as it was designed well itself.

Luckily, it was. Football Type, brought to you by “award winning designer” Rick Banks, provides an in-depth look at the iconic fonts used by clubs and countries over the history of the sport, and the stories behind them. Limited to a run of 1000 copies, each book is numbered with a raised felt Premier League number on the cover. And with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity the Football Foundation, you can know that your enjoyment will also bring joy to others. But with several hundred of the limited edition books already snapped up, you better act quick to buy me one.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  footballtype.co.uk

i want: 3nil classic crew neck

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3nil Classic Crew Neck

With fall’s cooler temperatures fast approaching, I’m doing what any normal guy would be doing… thinking about ways of stylishly revamping his fall wardrobe. Wait: that’s not what normal guys do? Well they should be, and that’s what I’m doing.

And what better way to get a start on that wardrobe upgrade than with football lifestyle brand 3nils newest crew neck sweater? Simple lines and a clean design give the sweatshirt a familiar, yet fresh look that would pair awesome with denim or khaki for a night out on the town. But it’s also relaxed enough to throw on for a cold night-time pick up game or for just lounging around the house. As the 3nil gang put it themselves, “It doesn’t matter where you are, this crew screams quality, class and football.” Agreed.

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT  |  threenil.com

i want: umbro universitario shirt

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Umbro 88th Aniversary Universitario Shirt

So what if Nike ditched them and made off with most of their most-prized assets; that hasn’t stopped Umbro from pumping out a further flurry of drool-inducing kits. The recent masters of retro, the once-giant English manufacturer have once again dropped an absolute masterpiece in historically influenced design. And this time, the effort was made to commemorate the 88th anniversary of Peruvian power Universitario. A silly anniversary to celebrate? Sure. But who cares when they made a shirt this awesome for it.

So why exactly do I dig it so much? Maybe it’s the simplicity of their crest (which has been getting lots of love lately). It could also the shirt’s Henley button placket, a design characteristic that’s become much more prominent in my wardrobe as of late. But mostly, I think I’m drawn to it because of its use of off-white as the primary color… which gives it just the perfect amount of vintage flair to make it actually look old.

Whatever the case: I want it. So someone give it to me. And that all starts with someone procuring me with a link to do so!

NOT YET AVAILBALE TO WANT  |  umbro.com