This lovely shirt arrived via a friend last week. In 1995 Tokyo Verdy were still known as Verdy Kawasaki (despite the badge saying Yomiuri Nippon FC), and were still a successful team in the J-League. They came second this year and also won the Japanese Super Cup. Although I couldn't find any pictures of it … Continue reading Shirt Story #3: Tokyo Verdy (1995 Away)
Last year I found myself holding two human skulls. The people they were formerly attached to had died from the plague, and I had to identify who was who in order to save another life. I worked quickly; measuring jawbones, assessing facial features and trying not to think about the incessant tick of the clock. … Continue reading A plague on both your defences (Vasas FC vs. Vác)
I got to see the inside of a Hungarian public hospital last week; a hernia surgery meaning I missed the last few Vasas matches. Whilst the aesthetic was a wee bit Cold War and the welcome not as warm as the dear old NHS, I am now the proud owner of three small scars and … Continue reading Comeback Kings (Vasas FC vs. Balmazujvaros Sport)
Photo from http://www.vasasfc.hu It's hard to motivate yourself to write after watching such a complete capitulation. Let's get the score out of the way early. Vasas lost 4-0 today and - without exaggeration - it should have been at least seven. Győr were incisive, playing dangerous balls through the Vasas backline with alarming and repeated … Continue reading Fish in a Barrel (Vasas FC vs. ETO FC Győr)
Debrecen's 18-year-old debutant Dániel Zsóri officially has nowhere to go now but down. After scoring 39 goals this season for the Debrecen reserves, Zsóri was brought on in the 86th minute against current league leaders Ferencváros. Debrecen sit in third. The score was 1-1. It was his debut. He did this... That, my friends, is … Continue reading 18 year old Dániel Zsóri just scored a spectacular match-winning overhead kick against the league leaders 7 minutes into his debut.
Workrate can be deceiving in football. A player can bustle around for 90 minutes with plenty of the ball and yet hold back his team through lack of intent. When players start to think that running around, making sideways passes and looking busy are the same as having purpose, teams get into trouble. Yes, the … Continue reading Hiding in Plain Sight (Vasas FC vs. Siófok)
I've seen a few of these knocking around online and managed to pick one up fairly cheaply. The design is the classic Adidas template which was used for Colombia's Italia 90 strip, leading me to believe this is from the 90/91 season, The legendary Colombian midfielder and undisputed Hair King of football, Carlos Valderrama. The … Continue reading Shirt Story #2: Vasas FC (1991 Home)