CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
The AS x Christmas 2021 soccer gift ideas and guide
Quickly becoming something of a pre-Christmas institution, once again, AS come to the rescue in solving the issue of what to get the soccer fanatic in your life with our annual top 10 of the finest footie related gifts.
It's that time of the year, the Christmas lights have been fired up, the Michael Buble Christmas album is out and the head scratching begins with many wondering ...'what to get'.... For the fifth year running, your good friends at AS come to to the rescue as, once again, we've been busy collating a listing of some of the finest soccer-related products to suit every budget.
1) Ajax x Adidas x Bob Marley tribute shirt
Such was the demand for this stunning shirt that it sold out in many outlets shortly after its August release. The 2021/22 Ajax third kit is a tribute to the fans and the love shared by the club and its supporters for reggae legend Bob Marley and his iconic song, Three Little Birds. So good it was the AS 'shirt of the season' in our annual pre-season poll.
Available via Ajax online
2) AS Roma x New Balance 997H trainers
After their long standing deal with Nike came to an end last season, in stepped New Balance to coincide with Jose Mourinho taking over at the Serie A side. Playing kits and training wear have been solid from the American company and we were impressed with the AS Roma limited run of the iconic 997H training shoe. Constructed in the classic "Giallorossi" colours, only limited sizes remain via the official club store.
Available via AS Roma Store
3) Diego Maradona: "The Boy, The Rebel, The God" book
Published a year after his passing, the definitive new Maradona biography was penned by renowned football writer and journalist Guillem Balagué. Based on in-depth interviews and first-hand stories, Guillem Balagué's biography represents a psychological and sociological approach to the legend. This journey of exploration takes Balagué to Argentina, Spain, Italy and Dubai. Along the way, he asks what fosters such adulation, and how this adoration engendered a self-destructive personality.
Available via Amazon
4) FC Barcelona - 2021 Christmas/Ugly sweater
Following their elimination in the Champions League, Christmas cheer is in short supply at Camp Nou at present as new coach Xavi Hernandez is faced with a stern test in returning the Catalan side back to the elite in both Spanish and European football. The club have launched some smart Xmas jumpers this year which may go someway in putting a smile on Culés around the world.
5) The Sopranos x Copa soccer shirt
Regarded by many as possibly the finest series of all-time, fans of Tony Soprano and Paulie Walnuts and co. can show their love for the television show with this soccer shirt created by Amsterdam based Copa. The 'New Jersey Soccer Club' shirt is based on a Tony Soprano shirt in the series and is even sponsored by the notorious 'Bada Bing' nightclub.
6) Panini Football Stickers: The Official celebration
Collecting Panini football stickers has always been a joy. Tearing open those packets and excitedly filling an album is a rite of passage for millions of kids – and adults. It's so popular, it even has its own language – 'swapsies', 'got, got, need' and 'shinies'.
And now, for the first time, Panini have granted access to their archives for this superbly illustrated celebration of their iconic football sticker collections.
Licensed by Panini and written by respected sticker authority Greg Lansdowne, this volume showcases Panini's UK domestic football, FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship albums.
Available via Amazon
7) Women's Euro 2022 match tickets
With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar not taking place until November, the women's game will take centre stage next summer as the 13th edition of the European Championship will take place in England. Demand for tickets has been high but for as little as ten pounds, certain games are still available as Netherlands look to defend their crown.
Euro 2022 tickets available via UEFA
8) Bayern Munich: Shower gel and Eau de Toilette gift-set
The German champions, as many others have an extensive range of items for sale via their online club store and have even branched out into the world of perfumes and lotions an potions. This set forms part of the club's 'elite' signature set and features a scent with bergamot, nutmeg, tarragon, mint, spruce needle, lavender, olibanum, ginger, sandalwood and Atlas cedarwood.
Available via Bayern online
9) Premier League winter ball 2021/22
The hi-viz winter ball was inspired by the 'Golden Age' of comics and has a vibrant design that features comic book patterns, inspired by and celebrating the real-life players who are superheroes both on and off the pitch.
The ball is carefully designed to help Premier League players read the pace and spin of the ball more instinctively, with all four panels distinct but connected.
Available via Pro-Direct Soccer
10) Jurgen Klopp: Funkopop figure
With his trademark glasses and Liverpool baseball cap and tracksuit, the miniature Klopp figure is one of the best selling in the soccer range of the Funkopop collection.
Available via Funkopop