If you're like me then you absolutely cannot wait for the month's worth of soccer (I'm not one of those American assholes who calls it "futbol") festivities right around the corner. Thankfully the beautiful game is international and with international sports comes a heavy dose of sartorial appreciation. Here are some things that have been on my radar:
The gear statistics revolving around the 2010 FIFA World Cup are pretty staggering. Men in the UK will spend a projected 241 million dollars on official kits (jerseys) and sportswear alone during the group stage of the tournament. In fact, more money will be spent on gear during the group stage than on food - seriously, 228 million dollars. England's economy has a huge stake in the success of its national team and looks to make some serious dough despite not being the host nation. If Rooney & Co. can progress past the group stage, which they are projected to, around 467 million dollars will be at stake if they can make it to the 2010 final.
[All statistics courtesy of Kelkoo.]
While the USA is poised to taste some World Cup glory for the first time since 1950 (when we miraculously beat England 1-0 in a group match) we are still dressing like complete and utter scrubs. Just look at our squad at the White House below. Apparently business casual applies to professional athletes as well. And what's the deal with the pants? I guess we have no roster depth at Left Tailor. This miserable display is the definition of not getting off on the right foot and while what happens on the field is really the only thing that matters I would have liked to see at least an ounce of sartorial effort.
Across the pond the English National team, who the USA open up against on June 12th, are the image of tailored perfection. Just check out their official gray three piece suits by Marks & Spencer - some seriously killer gear. England has always kept their team looking sharp having been dressed by the likes of Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani and Burton for past shots at Victory. If USA v. England was decided in a showroom this shit would go down 8-0 in favor of the Brits.
England is looking sharp for sure, but it's the Japanese who shut it down as per usual. Their "Samurai Blue's" courtesy of Dunhill take The Steeze Cup. Not much to say here, just check it out. Can they kick it? Yes, they can.
And finally, it wouldn't be a men's style blogopshere post without directing you towards the Life Archives where you can peep some inspiration. Pele, action shots and old school uniforms - in a word: awesome.