Strip Club—Makin’ Whoopee Edition

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So I went up to the bar, as I do, to settle in for a replay of a FC Barcelona game. After getting the TV channel changed and ordering a pint, I watched the end of 2012 UEFA Futsal Championship Final between Russia and Spain. The match went back and forth, and then I saw something that changed everything.  The camera zoomed in on Russia’s number 13—Aleksandr Fukin.

Umm . . . this is a family show.  Who knows if it is pronounced Fuckin’ or Fookin, but it turns out this was not a misprint.  After a little research on the interwebs, I was able to find out that Fukin was on the Russian team that eventually lost to Spain 3-1, and he also plays for Dinamo Moskva in the Russian Futsal League.

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(image courtesy of Old Football Shirts)

The all red kit Russia wore that night was their home kit for 2011-12 (thanks to Football Fashion).  Focusing on the jersey, a sublimated star pattern accents the chest and is framed with a curving accent, which ends in the colors of the Russian flag.  I much prefer this strip to the one at Euro 2012.

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Anyway, my hope is to find this kit at a retailer and get it customized with FUKIN 13.  A very special Hero Jersey.  (You can’t make me take it off, it’s his NAME!!) Hero Jersey is an identifier I could do without.  Let’s face it.  These are footballers, not necessarily heroes.  I mean if you ordered a Joey Barton Manchester City/Newcastle/QPR/Marseille jersey, that could hardly constitute a Hero Jersey.

I have moved away from the hero kits in my collection.  I do have a Del Piero Juve jersey and a Beckham United jersey.  There’s also a Ukrainian Shevchenko knock off in the drawer somewhere as well.  Going forward, a Cantona jersey is probably the only Hero Jersey I would order.  These days I personalize my kits—Junior #7—and that seems to work.

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