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Levski Sofia 1993-94 Home Shirt, 13 Matchworn

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This is one of the Levski shirts I acquired by way of the internet. By comparing it to other match worn Adidas pieces from the era I am confident in calling this one match worn, due to the shirt’s fabric. While the outside is the shiny fabric standard to Adidas shirts from the era, the inside is a thicker, almost felt like fabric. On the back is a player-sized number 13, heat pressed in felt material. On the front is the classic Balkanbank sponsor heat pressed in felt material along with the club’s badge—the Cryllic letter “L”—in the same material. This shirt also sports the classic three stripes of Adidas which are sewn on, descending to the chest from the left shoulder. Many big club teams of the era used this classic design, including Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Sparta Prague. Many football associations chose this design as well—Ireland, Sweden, and even the United States are among them. This is definitely one of my favorite shirts, since I’m a sucker for Adidas’ classic designs. And yes, Levski were crowned champions of Bulgaria in this shirt. For other Levski shirts the 2006-07 version can be seen here, the 1996-1998 version here.

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Team Pic:

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Courtesy Of: http://levskifanclub.ovo.bg/photo/sstava_prez_godinite/1993/4-0-464

 

Levski Sofia in action against Glasgow Rangers in the European Cup, a 2-1 victory over the Scottish giants in Sofia—note the large sized Cryllic “L”, the club’s classic badge. This detail leads me to believe that this shirt may have been used in European Competition.

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Courtesy Of: http://www.levski.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9438

Levski Sofia 2006-07 Home Shirt

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I got this Levski Sofia shirt at the Georgi Aspurahov Stadium after a lengthy adventure following the derby against Lokomotiv Sofia. Unfortunately, the shirt is not nearly as spectacular as the adventure to acquire it was. It is an uninspiring design in Levski’s classic blue, manufactured by Uhlsport in a standard fabric, with heat pressed sponsor MTel and badge applied in felt. This is the design Levski used in their first (and to date only) adventure in the Champions League Group Stages, one that saw giants Barcelona and Chelsea travel to Sofia. That said, there are not many other redeeming qualities for this shirt. Due to my disappointment with this shirt I had to scour the internet, where I was able to find two more impressive Levski shirt from the 1990s, both of which sport classic Adidas designs. The 1993-94 Levski home shirt can be seen here, while the 1996-98 home shirt can be seen here.

 

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Lokomotiv Sofia 2006-08, Home Shirt, Antunovic 14 UEFA Cup Match Worn

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This is a favorite among my Bulgarian shirts due to the memories attached to it. I got it on a visit to the Lokomotiv Stadium from one of the employees at the café through the assistance of my friend Yana Raycheva’s expert translations. At the time it carried with it a putrid odor—nothing a good wash couldn’t fix. As for the shirt itself, it is a standard fabric made by the Italian manufacturer Asics. Asics was a big producer of Bulgarian shirts during these years; Slavia Sofia’s shirt from the era is also made by the Italian brand. It is size Extra Large. Also, the design used by Asics is to be commended–the curvature of the stripes around the neck line add a lot to this shirt, a little detail that makes it more than just another striped kit.

What makes this shirt especially rare is that it was worn in the UEFA cup by Serbian striker Sasa Antunovic—he made 78 appearances for Lokomotiv between 2004 and 2009 netting 30 goals. In the 2007-08 edition of the UEFA cup—when this shirt was worn—Lokomotiv faced French side Rennes, losing 4-3 on aggregate over two legs. Antunovic himself even scored a brace in Lokomotiv’s surprise 2-1 first leg victory in France. The hallmarks of a player shirt include screen printed name and number in player spec size, as well as the UEFA cup patch applied in felt to the right arm and a sewn on club badge.

For video of one of the matches please see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysN8iDok3Nc

 

My Thanks to Yana Raycheva Whose Translations Were Invaluable in Acquiring This Shirt.

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Sasa Antunovic himself in the shirt:

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Courtesy of: http://www.footballdatabase.eu/football.joueurs.sasa.antunovic.23041.en.html

 

Two images of this model of shirt being worn in a match. The first is from domestic league action, the second from the 2006-07 UEFA Cup in a tie with Feyenoord of Holland:

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Courtesy Of: http://www.segabg.com/article.php?id=290343

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Courtesy Of: http://www.footmanager.net/forum/lokomotiv-sofia-t1955.html

PFC Cherno More Varna, 2007-2008 Away Shirt

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This shirt was acquired by way of a female accountant at PFC Cherno More Varna’s Ticha stadium during my visit. The shirt is made by Bulgarian manufacturer Tomy Sport, and while this may not be a household name in the West the material is still suitable for a football shirt. While the fabric is similar to the “Puma” Lokomotiv Plovdiv shirt I have, this material is softer and with a matte finish–similar in many ways to Adidas shirts produced in Turkey under the Adidas license in the late 1990s. The badge and sponsor are sewn into the white and blue fabric, making it a one of a kind piece produced specifically for Cherno More Varna. The accountant in question also had a match worn piece available which I eschewed due to its prohibitive price–its material was the same, which leads me to believe that Tomy Sport replicas are the same quality as player shirts.

 

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Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2010 Home Shirt, Lazarov 77

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While visiting Lokomotiv’s Stadium–the Lauta–I was lucky enough to have this shirt delivered to me. There was no stadium store, so I was at the mercy of  a fan who had connections with the team. The shirt is the  classic black and white striped kit that Lokomotiv have worn for years, and sports the beautiful Lokomotiv badge as well. Although the shirt carries the Puma logo it seems to be a fake, with no inner tags. Despite that, the fabric is very similar to some late 1990s Adidas shirts as well as a few real Puma shirts from the late 1990s as well. Because of the nice fabric, I decided not to write this shirt off whole-sale. It is also not unknown for smaller clubs to actually use fake shirts on the pitch–I’ve seen it in the Turkish lower divisions. Also, when factories for various brands are located in third countries like Bulgaria and Turkey shirts can be produced at the same level of quality as the originals. Indeed, Zdravko Lazarov–the Bulgarian striker whose name is on the back of this shirt along with the number 77 (sewn into the fabric)–is wearing (what I assume to be) this shirt in a club photo.

As a fan of Turkish football it is a strange coincidence for me that Lazarov played for 7 years in Turkey from 2000 to 2007 with Kocaelispor, Gaziantepspor and Kayseri Erciyesspor–these were the most productive years of his career as he scored 60 goals in 197 appearances. Amazingly, Lazarov is still playing in the Bulgarian league as of the 2013-2014 season for Lokomotiv Plovdiv at 38 years young.

 

My Thanks to Yana Raycheva Whose Translations Were Invaluable in Acquiring This Shirt.

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The Beautiful Lokomotiv Plovdiv Badge, With Cryllic “L”

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A Club Photo of Zdravko Lazarov