There may be an unseasonal World Cup happening, but we can’t obscure the fact that Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales are upon us once again. That can only mean one thing: Football clubs around the world start filling their online stores with a tasteful selection of the branded merchandise with Christmas just a month away.
The array of products — some more functional than others — is mesmerising, with major clubs willing to cater for fans yearning for anything and everything that has their favourite team’s badge slapped on it, from kitchen appliances and home furnishings to clothes and accessories.
Let’s delve in and see what choice delights are in store for any gift-hungry supporters eagerly perusing their team’s online store this Black Friday.
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AC Milan: Gold pendant and chain (€96/$99 each)
What better way to honour the reigning Serie A champions than by wearing this tastefully subtle jewel-encrusted, 18-carat gold club crest medallion?
Ajax: Clog slippers (€15.95/$16.50)
How could Ajax possibly claim to be the Netherlands’ preeminent club without boasting their very own pair of clogs? Thankfully, in the interest of comfort these cosy booties are made from a soft fleece material rather than the more traditional wood.
Angel City: Jigsaw puzzle ($15)
This puzzle has almost as many pieces as Angel City have celebrity investors.
Arsenal: Space hopper (£10/$12)
Gooners the world over are bouncing after a fantastic start to the Premier League season. But if they need some assistance in that as Manchester City start to reel them in once the English season resumes, then help is at hand.
We can only imagine that around 30 of these items were hastily added to the warehouse as “near new” returns last month after it became clear the first team wouldn’t be requiring them for any further European excursions this season.
Barcelona: Johan Cruyff doormat (€25/$25.90)
First came the Cruyff turn, then came the Cruyff…