Soccer Jerseys – Then and Now
Soccer uniform transformed from Victorian knickerbockers which were fastened tightly under the knee, overlapping stockings and heavy boots to jerseys and long shorts. This changed was due to social attitude transformation over time.
After world war II, the dramatic change in soccer uniform became relevant specifically in Italy and Hungary which eventually spread all over Europe then the whole world. Shorts actually even became short and top clothing became lighter.
The fabric also changed from stocky wool and cotton to synthetic fibers like nylon as well as acrylic which was a product of the industrial revolution. Soccer jersey and shorts were made mostly on these materials even nowadays.
If you search the internet, you will find how variety of soccer jerseys have grown to countless design and materials. Even you can find original ones to fake imitations from China or some other places where mass production seems to be the key of its popularity.
A soccer jersey can be seen and bought just about anywhere there are sporting garments Even in the flea market of India or Burma, you will be able to find one at a whim. The availability of these garments seems to be endless nowadays and at times you don’t even know the difference from the original with a fake one.
Of course a soccer jersey which was worn by a soccer star will be difficult to find but as with anything nowadays, the internet is a good source for anything impossible to find whether its an antique or a vintage soccer jersey.
Of course vintage garments usually are auctioned and can only be bought by fanatics or collectors who in turn can make money from other fanatics. Some are too crazy over something like a soccer jersey even to the point buying an unwashed jersey.
But then some just wanted a simple soccer jersey just so they have a uniform for their local school soccer team. Most of the times, they make their own design and create their own logos. Perhaps from the time soccer was uniformed in terms of garments up to the present, countless designs have been made.
The teams who have won international level competitions are the one who have institutionalized the classic soccer jersey. Most of all, the one who are considered vintage are the soccer jerseys worn by the most popular soccer stars.
You search the internet for vintage soccer jerseys and you will find listing of all popular jerseys either according to teams or some would have individual listings. The older and more popular the soccer player is, the more expensive the garment become.
You can also find imitations available online. These are usually cheap and were produced en masse by some garment factory. Perhaps this is alright as everyone may have the opportunity to wear a soccer jersey even if it is fake.