Thursday, June 3, 2010

Football's Coming, Gnome

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?


  1. What's wrong with a good old green and gold stubby holder? And to tie it into the world cup it could be made from the same material as the Jabulani balls, which would provide many laughs as everyone keeps dropping their beers.

  2. Yeah nice suggestion, and just as you took a swing, the stubby holder would swerve out of control and spill beer all over you. Maybe that's what they use in the Cove?