It may be an unusual World Cup, but we can’t hide the fact that Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales are upon us again. That can only mean one thing: football clubs all over the world can fill their online shops with a tasteful selection of branded goods in just one month.
The range of products – some more functional than others – is intriguing, with big clubs poised to cater to fans who crave anything and everything sporting their favorite team’s badge, from kitchenware and home furnishings to clothing and accessories.
Let’s dive in and see what goodies are in store for all the gift-hungry fans who are busily browsing their team’s online store this Black Friday.
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AC Milan: Gold Pendant and Necklace (€96/$99 each)
What better way to honor the reigning Serie A champions than by wearing this tasteful, subtle, jeweled 18k gold club crest medallion?
Ajax: Clog Slippers (€15.95/$16.50)
How could Ajax claim to be the pre-eminent Dutch club without boasting a pair of clogs of their own? Luckily, in the interest of comfort, these cozy ankle boots are made from a soft fleece material rather than the more traditional wood.
Angel City: Puzzle ($15)
There are almost as many pieces to this puzzle as there are prominent investors in Angel City.
Arsenal: Space Hopper (£10/$12)
Gooners around the world are rebounding after a fantastic start to the Premier League season. But if they need support in doing so when Manchester City catch up to them after the English season resumes, then help is at hand.
We can only imagine around 30 of those items were hastily added to stock as ‘almost new’ returns last month after it became clear the first team would no longer need them for further European outings this season.
Barcelona: Doormat by Johan Cruyff (€25/$25.90)
First came the Cruyff round, then came the Cruyff mat. We can hardly think of a more appropriate tribute to one of the most influential figures in modern football philosophy.
Bayern Munich: Lederhosen Wine Cooler (€79.95/$82.90)
Your chilled wine will only be even cooler if the bottle is wearing its own traditional lederhosen.
Benfica: Yoga Mat (€60.97/$63.23)
For reasons unknown, Benfica offers an amazingly extensive range of yoga and exercise mats associated with the club via its online shop. Well, we could all use a good stretch every now and then.
Borussia Dortmund: Safety work shoes (£74/€88.89)
Given some of their clumsy performances this season, which have seen them sixth in the Bundesliga table during the winter break, someone should check if the Dortmund players haven’t inadvertently worn those steel eyesores during games.
Chelsea: One of John Terry’s boots (£350/$422)
A great keepsake for any Mr Chelsea fan, although for this price you would expect to get the full pair.
Inter Miami: “In This House” Sign ($27.99)
No kitchen, lounge or dining room would be complete without a constant wall-mounted reminder to love, hug, laugh (lots), dream big, be thankful, have fun and most importantly, keep supporting Inter Miami .
Inter Milan: Nerazzurri Bike Bib (£140/$168)
Inter missed a trick by making this alarmingly tight onesie and didn’t even cover it in their iconic blue and black stripes.
Juventus: Matching denim jacket (€249/£257.85) and jeans (€149/$154)
Milan may be known as the fashion capital of Italy, but Turin is making a serious claim to the throne thanks to the latest fashions from Juve haute couture Offer from their club shop – a stunning matching denim twin set available in moody black or candy pink.
LAFC: Love Heart Boxers ($27.99)
A classic, timeless underwear style favored by legions of finely dressed cartoon characters is now available for fans of the new MLS cupholders.
LA Galaxy: Calculator ($19.99)
Galaxy fans can use this digital helper to find out how many miles their team clocks up in MLS over the course of a season.
Leeds United: Blue and Yellow Kettle Corn (£6 / $4.99)
The end-to-end goal fests that Jesse Marsch’s team have been involved in this season are blockbuster entertainment. So why not grab a suitable snack?
Liverpool: Microwave (£129/€155)
After all, who better to buy your usual household appliances from than a Premier League football club?
Lyon: Petanque Set (€54.99/$56.99)
For the uninitiated, petanque is a popular traditional French bowling game played in town squares, parks and backyards across the country, and pretty much every club in Ligue 1, Lyon just so happens to have their own themed set on offer.
Manchester City: Mini Pool Table (£35/$42)
If, like City striker Erling Haaland, you’ve got a few weeks of free time ahead of you, then there’s little better way to pass the time than to hone your cue action.
A charming set of miniature badges pays homage to some of the greatest players to ever wear the No 7 at Old Trafford. While Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez are both cruelly overlooked, the set is also notable for being the only remaining vestige of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo still available at the United store. Truly the end of an era.
Marseille: Paddleboard (€349.90/$362.62)
You could turn heads at the Stade Velodrome on matchday by arriving before kick-off via the nearby River Huveaune.
Napoli: Stroller (€415/£430)
Your little bundle of joy may be too young to join the Napoli Youth Academy right now, but it’s never too early to start inducting her Partonopei club culture.
You may be immeasurably rich these days, but it’s refreshing to know that the remnants of a more humble era still linger on the shelves of the Newcastle Club Shop.
With all the high-profile player merchandise and achingly cool streetwear brand collabs pound for pound, the item we covet most at the PSG Club Store is this pretty little wooden box filled with exquisite hand-tied fishing lures – one of them is called the “Dog Nobbler”. So strange and yet so wonderful.
Hailing from Kentucky, it’s only natural that NWSL team Racing would offer fans a line of extremely elegant crystal apparatus to sip their bourbon of choice in fine Louisville style.
Leipzig fans can celebrate with a cup of tea every morning with this small breakfast dish.
Real Madrid: Luxury Backpack (£644/$777)
As evidenced by the premium luggage selection, Real Madrid are no strangers to overpriced extravagance. Lest we forget, this is the same club that parted ways with more than €100m not so long ago to sign Eden Hazard.
With top quality golf gear like this readily available locally, it’s no wonder Gareth Bale was so keen on returning to Spurs on loan a couple of seasons ago.
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