Anyone else feel we are getting the rough end of the pineapple when it comes to creative ways to support our World Cup team this year? Sure,
we have a lairy playing strip made out of recycled plastic bottles, but so far I've seen nothing to compare with the English and US souvenirs pictured here. I think both do an excellent job of summing up their respective national characters. In fact, the England example (15 pounds) looks very much like Wayne Rooney in the new Nike ad, after it's all gone wrong. The American "Patriot Mask" ($US18.99), well they wouldn't make those anywhere else really would they? As editor of Football + mag I tried to redress this issue and had the Australian Makarapa commissioned from the biggest producer in Johannesburg. And yet, something is missing - it's just too ... classy.
Now maybe if they'd dressed it with the top of a pineapple...
So what Australian World Cup souvenir would you like to see?
Tony Harper is a sports writer and editor. South Africa 2010 was his third FIFA World Cup and he has covered three Olympic Games, two Rugby World Cups, and world championships in track and field, swimming, and cycling. Having worked on the road for AAP and The AP, he became sports editor at The Sun Herald in Sydney before moving to ACP to launch Inside Cricket Magazine.
After a stint doing freelance writing and PR for the South Coast A-League bid, he has returned to ACP as launch editor of Football + and a second stint at Inside Cricket.