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Cool Retro Football T-Shirts From tenten*


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So, full time is rapidly approaching in the 2010 World Cup.

There’s just over a week to go now until the Final and then that’s our lot for another four years.

But though the feast of football is almost done, the festival need never end – thanks to a bunch of talented artists  who have just launched their own design and print studio with a range of stylish, hand-printed, retro football-themed T-shirts.

The inaugural offerings from tenten* – who are based near Glasgow, Scotland – celebrate football in general and the highlights of World Cups and European Championships gone by.

Here are a few of the offerings from their initial range (other colour combos are available – check the website for the full range).

Buy now and get in before the brand becomes famous and everyone is wearing the label.

This one celebrates Maradona’s legendary goal for Argentina against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico (La Mano De Dios = The Hand Of God).

Ask nicely and they might even add the “Maradona 10” back print in the photo below this one:

The white shirt below celebrates the French triumph at Euro 84, in particular the Carre Magique – the Magic Square of midfielders Luis Fernandez, Jean Tigana, Alain Giresse and Michel Platini:

The next one is a tribute to Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning squad (beer belly optional):

And here is a more generic Copa futbol shirt:

And here’s the motley crew who are responsible for them all (but don’t let that put you off buying):

I should point out that one of the guys behind the studio is a mate of mine from work but beyond that I have no connection to it. However, it’s a talented group of guys and if you want to support their future work, I know they’d appreciate your custom.

Also, for their latest product announcements, check out their Facebook page here.

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Alan Partridge’s Guide To The World Cup


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“The proof is in the pudding… and the pudding in this case is a football!”

Today marks the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and what better way to celebrate than with Alan Partridge‘s… um… unique guide to the event (circa 1994), as originally broadcast on BBC2’s The Day Today.

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BBC Winter Olympics Trailer Deserves A Medal


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The trailer for the BBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is a thing of beauty.

The music, incidentally, is the intro to Michael Bublé‘s version of the song Cry Me A River.

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Absolutely – McGlashan On England’s World Cup Draw


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Sorry for the late arrival of this week’s classic clip, which I will mostly be blaming on technical difficulties.

In fact, I was having problems finding the clip I wanted to post in honour of England’s ludicrously easy FIFA World Cup draw on Friday afternoon, which now has every Scot in the world fearing the worst – a repeat of the year that dare not speak its name.

In the initial group stages of the competition next summer in South Africa, England will face those giants of world football: Algeria, the USA and Slovenia.

No offense to supporters of those three teams but, well, it’s a bit like John Rambo being drawn in a group with Frank Spencer30 Rock‘s Kenneth the page and a Star Trek red-shirt in a jungle warfare competition.

And so here is what every person in Scotland thought of as soon as they saw the draw. From a September 1990 episode of the excellent Channel 4 sketch comedy show Absolutely, it’s (lion) rampant anglophobe McGlashan’s take on the injustice of World Cup football draws.

Incidentally, you’ll find much more McGlashan ranting if you click here (the original YouTube videos had been removed but I’ve replaced them with other sources, so they are working again now).

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Fleetwood Mac – The Chain


From a 1977 gig in Japan, this is Fleetwood Mac performing their signature song The Chain,  from the album Rumours:

Of course, in the UK, The Chain is more widely known for the long-running use of the song’s bass/guitar solo as the theme tune to the BBC’s coverage of Formula 1 Grand Prix racing. Here are the opening titles from the 1979 season:

And, right up to date, here is the opening to the 2009 season coverage, which marked the return of Formula 1 to the BBC after 12 years during which rival broadcaster ITV held the UK television rights:

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