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Skonto Riga 1996-1997, Home Shirt 27

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A classic Adidas design from the mid 1990s in the same vein as the Levski Sofia shirt seen here. I got this one from a fellow collector since I just didn’t think that the Skonto shirt I got at the Skonto Stadium was really representative of the team—after all, the maroon color used for this design is the same maroon of the Latvian flag. The “27” here is screen printed onto the shirt’s fabric, which is the standard Adidas fabric from the era.

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Latvia 1994-1995, Away Shirt 10

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After visiting Latvia (and gaining a love for the country) I was lucky enough to come across this beautiful shirt for sale on the internet. It is truly a stunning one, as many of the Adidas “basket weave” patterned shirts are (think Germany’s 1994 World Cup shirt) when the national colors are arranged perfectly around the collar. The Black and maroon look great on the white background, and the small details—like the Adidas writing in the numbers on the back—make this shirt even more special. The badge is embroidered onto the shirt, while the numbers on the front and back are screen printed in a quality material.

 

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Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia – FC Skonto

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Welcome to the home stadium of Riga’s FC Skonto, Europe’s longest-running champion! After the fall of the Soviet Union the Latvian side won a European record 14 League championships in a row before finishing in second  in 2005. Despite not having the best of years lately, they are still Latvia’s most successful team. Here are a few pictures of the 9,500 capacity Skonto Stadium (which doubles as the national stadium) taken on a pleasant fall day in Riga, before I acquired a Skonto shirt.

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