The fourth KitNerd gathering was held on January 12, 2013 at 442 Soccer Bar. Ten brave souls turned out despite the extreme cold in Portland on a Saturday night. Two prizes were given away, though I neglected to photograph the winners with their spoils.
Second place was a tie between Sean’s 2007/08 Sparta Rotterdam 120th anniversary kit (complete with sleeve sponsorship, back adverts, Rotterdam’s coat of arms, a special crest and another reminder of the anniversary) and Conor’s hilarious 2002 Club América jersey. Amazing stuff there.
Brennan came all the way from Atlanta and wore a 2010 World Cup Germany home kit.
Finally, I had on my 2012 Albirex Niigata home kit. Unfortunately forgot to have the J-League patch individually photographed.
Hoping to have a quicker turn around for the next gathering. In the meantime, check out the twitter feed over at @KitNerd for kit leaks, weekly breakdowns of the Premier League, A-League and MLS kits and general chatter.
The third KitNerd gathering took place on May 25, 2012, again at 442 Soccer Bar in SE Portland. The turnout was the highest yet, and as a result, three kits were given away as prizes. Here’s a breakdown of who came, what they wore and what they won:
Matt took home first prize with his 2008 Mito HollyHock kit from the Japanese second division (J-League 2). With a fantastic crest and a J-League patch, Matt’s kit was cool enough without a back story. But fans in Portland remembered former Timbers forward Takayuki Suzuki, who once scored for Japan in the 2002 World Cup. When his time with the Timbers ended in 2010, Suzuki returned to play for HollyHock. After the tsunami, Suzuki agreed to play for free to help the club stay in business during tough times. Matt won a Valencia prototype that was never worn, as the club shifted from Nike to Kappa before this particular template was used.
Five kits shared second place votes, so a blind draw awarded second and third place.
Second place went to Josh, whose wonderful 1996/97 Fortuna Düsseldorf home shirt drew rave reviews. Unfortunately I seem to have deleted my photo of Josh with his prize, which was a 2004 United States Soccer Federation youth referee kit. It was yellow with a removable patch.
Paul took third prize with his 2007/08 Santos Laguna home kit. The myriad adverts continued on the right sleeve, left sleeve and back of the kit. Paul’s prize was a 2008/09 Manchester United goalkeeper kit.
Other kits receiving multiple votes included:
Joey‘s 2011/12 Olympique Lyonnais home kit. A fine shirt and his favorite club.
Bill‘s 2001/02 Club Cienciano (Cusco, Peru) home shirt. Having picked it up in a swap for a Timbers Army scarf, it is a great memento from a recent trip to South America.
Seth‘s Euro ’92 Germany change kit. One of the classics.
Plenty of other shirts were on display, too:
Tim wore a 2005/06 Hartlepool home kit, a shirt he bought while visiting England in 2005.
Sean wore a terrific 1994/95 Celtic third shirt.
Andy had on his 2007/08 DC United home kit.
John was wearing what seemed to be a knock-off Thailand national team shirt. Any help on that front would be greatly appreciated.
Mallory opted for this 2001 Portland Timbers replica home kit.
Mike, one of our hosts at 442, brought out a sharp 2011/12 Southampton home kit (sorry it’s blurry).
Brenton came all the way down from Vancouver, British Columbia (in fairness, the Whitecaps were playing the Timbers the next day) and brought two great kits. The first was what we think is an early 1990s Vancouver 86ers kit. The second is a 1980/81 Vancouver Whitecaps indoor replica, signed by Whitecaps legend Carl Valentine. Both great additions to the evening.
And finally, here is my 2010/11 Heart of Midlothian change kit. I had no choice but to show off one of my three Hearts kits after the Jambos’ thumping 5-1 victory in the Scottish Cup last weekend.
So again, a great time was had by all and we’re looking forward to seeing more new faces and more interesting kits the next time around. If you’re not in Portland and you want to have a KitNerd gathering of your own, drop me a line through Twitter (@KitNerd).
On January 6, at 442 Soccer Bar in SE Portland, ten KitNerds gathered to enjoy pints, watch the season premiere of Portlandia (which we didn’t even know was going to be on) and show off various football kits. As always, a vote was taken at the end of the night and two kits were awarded as prizes for the top two.
Erik was the night’s winner, wearing this 2008/09 Olympique de Marseille adidas change kit which included a Ligue 1 patch he added himself. As the winner, Erik took home South Korea’s 2010 Nike World Cup change kit.
Second prize went to Dani (sorry the photo is blurry!) who came wearing this 2009/10 AS Roma Kappa home kit (with this excellent Lega Calcio patch). For her efforts, Dani won this 2006/07 Russia Nike change kit. She also brought a 2006 Japan adidas home kit as an added bonus.
Though he took home no prize, Paul finished third in the voting with this 2010 Cameroon Puma World Cup change. He had Samuel Eto’o’s name and number emblazoned on the back but I stupidly forgot to take a picture.
And the final vote-getter was Robert in his 2009/10 Feyenoord Puma kit. Great shirt.
Shane came to the gathering with a 2009 County Tyrone O’Neills Gaelic Football home kit. The kit features a special GAA logo celebrating the association’s 125th anniversary.
Matt wore a 2003/04 Bayern München adidas home kit as well as his 1990 Germany World Cup jacket. Another great item I forgot to photograph.
A surprise appearance of the 2012/13 Portland Timbers adidas third kit came from someone who was at the bar already and not aware of our KitNerd gathering.
And finally, I wore my 2007/08 1. FC Nürnberg adidas home kit.