Thursday, February 27, 2014
This fine object, of a contemporary nature, represents, with a nautically-themed design (although not the official club crest), another of TOoT's favourite 'non-League' teams, the mighty Marine, the most romantic & loveliest name on Merseyside, even if other clubs from that region may have enjoyed more in the way of trophy glory & higher profiles nationally, continentally &, indeed, globally.
Coincidentally, whilst enjoying a brisk woodland walk this morning, & listening to Everything But The Girl's fine first two albums, 'Eden' & 'Love Not Money', along the way, one was reminded of Tracey Thorn's musical beginnings, with the Marine Girls.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Featuring the last, for now, of the classic & favourite football shirts as they've been acquired for the (small) collection, on this occasion another TOFFS retro production, representing the rather fetching green & white hooped design of the wonderful Sporting Clube de Portugal, of Lisbon.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Again back to the 1960s design vintage courtesy of TOFFS, & the blue & black stripes sported by our beloved Internazionale as they bestrode Europe as double winners of the European Cup in 1964 & 65: a classic, stylish colour combination indeed.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Today presenting two versions of the famous red & white striped shirt of Atlético Madrid, the first a 1960s-vintage number acquired from TOFFS, & the second from more recent times, celebrating the club's 2011 centenary, with a little added blue piping to the stripes.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Of course, given the Ostalgie oft experienced here at TOoT, the acquisition, courtesy of the fine, retro-minded folk at TOFFS, of a 1970-vintage East Germany football shirt was more than something of an inevitability, & here it is represented in all its glory, with a fine DDR crest.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This very latest addition to the collection features for the second time Ararat Yerevan, of whom we’ve already acquired & blogged a rather lovely Russian-Armenian bilingual badge, on this occasion more specifically celebrating their one-&-only Soviet league championship, achieved in 1973: as such, it’s a vintage artefact of some significance, declaring the feat & Ararat’s status as ‘champion’ of the Union in the Russian Cyrillic alphabet (it’s interesting to translate into the club’s native Armenian too, something quite different again: չեմպիոն), locating it tangibly in time & place, hauntologically inspiring that certain nostalgia for the old USSR/SSSR/’CCCP’ of one’s youth.
Aesthetically, there’s a restrained elegance to the design, with a simple, repeated decorative motif added to the basic functionality of the facts, as they were: it’s a nice, & of course essential, object.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Today we feature an object representing the somewhat notorious Dynamo Berlin, who won ten consecutive domestic league championships between 1979 – 88, any number of which were tainted with more than a whiff of officially-sanctioned corruption both on the pitch & behind the scenes, consequently earning them much opprobrium within East Germany, but who were always an attractive name in a continental context, one it was hoped would feature at the business end of the club tournaments (mostly the European Cup, of course), although after an unfortunate defeat on penalties against Dynamo Moscow in the semi-final of the Cup-Winners’ Cup in 1971 – 72, the club’s debut season in Europe, they subsequently achieved no better than a couple of quarter-finals.
In terms of the badge, it’s obviously one of those vintage objects of desire, properly hauntological & rich with the potential for inspiring a little Ostalgie.
As for the design, when the DDR state decreed in 1954 that Dynamo Dresden’s players be relocated to Berlin in order to assist the capital in being home to a competitive & successful football team, it seems very much like Berlin appropriated Dresden’s ‘D’ for Dynamo logo too, given what appears to be the identicality of this aspect of both club’s crests, if a comparison be made: whatever it’s something of a classic.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Following the flurry of mostly Serbian clubs, of the more obscure variety, featured recently, Trešnjevka Zagreb excepted, today we present the crest of the dominant Croatian one in the form of Dinamo Zagreb (who could be regarded as a team for whom we have an affection on a continental scale but are behind Hajduk Split domestically & also Red Star Belgrade when considered in terms of the former Yugoslavia, which is, of course, often here at TOoT), which, by a curious oversight, we’ve neglected to post until now, despite it featuring in the collection for a while – the badge was, in fact, among the earlier acquisitions & appeared within the arrangement of such displayed upon the canvas as originally photographed & blogged here.
The object is a contemporary one, incorporating as it does the Croatian red & white chequered flag with the design, along with the obvious ‘d’ for Dinamo, thus it has no hauntological quality, but nevertheless the crest is an effective piece of design.