Just under two years ago I embarked upon this mission to collect the football shirt from each of FIFA's 208 member nations. Since then I have spent a ridiculous percentage of my earnings, and a vast amount of my time collecting shirts from every corner of the planet.
Here's a quick run down of the 16 remaining countries.
66 - Libya
The Libyan team continue to be supplied by Addias, but no longer play in the green commonly associated with former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. This is the black away shirt used against Ivory Coast in a recent friendly, but I would be just as happy with the home shirt, or indeed one of the old green shirts (surely there must be hundreds of these lying about?).
117 - Syria
Given current the civilian uprising in Syria now possibly isn't the best time to be attempting to source a football shirt. This merely adds to the challenge.
128 - Central African Republic
129 - Dominican Republic
146 - Turkmenistan
152 - Curacao
162 - Guinea-Bissau
164 - Aruba
The Aruban Football Association keep telling me that the jerseys will be available soon, so we'll just have to wait on this one.
187 - Comoros
189 - Eritrea
I have had very little luck finding an official Eritrea shirt. An online Eritrean community called Eri-United do sell a wonderful looking Eritrea shirt, but unfortunately these are not the shirts worn by the national team.
190 - Somalia
The Somali Football Federation are quite active on the internet, with lots of information about Somali football. It's just a shame that they never answer their e-mails. Also, you can't jsut post a letter to Somalia, it must be sent by FedEx.
198 - Djibouti
204 - Mauritania
I'm really kicking myself here. A Mauritania shirt appeared on eBay last year, and since missing out on that I haven't even had a hint of a lead. Most recently they have been supplied by Umbro and Adidas. So if you know anyone from Mauritania, particularly if they play for the national football team, then please ask about the availability of football shirts.
I'm not 100% sure on the authenticity of this shirt. I got it fairly cheaply, and have yet to find a photo of it being worn. Although the stitching is pretty good, and there's a detailed Kappa badge, I am slightly concerned about the label and the quality of the material used.
The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - Saturday 14th January 2012
My football shirt project was back in the news again this week. This time in the local Peterborough paper, and this time far more accurately reported than last time it was in the papers. Lets hope that this brings in a few more contacts!
When the article appears on the web I'll post a link here.