I like soccer jerseys. Now that I can fit into and look decent in one, I like to wear them. But my collection until recently was limited to Mexican soccer jerseys. I've got Toluca, Atlas, Chivas, Cruz Azul, Pachuca and Morelia shirts that I like to wear out - in fact, whenever I go to Disneyland chances are I've got one of those on.
But with Euro 2008 coming up, I wanted to get my hands on a European jersey. Recently, I had the chance to get a shirt at SoccerPro.com and I took the opportunity to get myself a brand spanking new Dutch national team jersey. Now, I've always respected the Dutch. I like the way they play, their tactics, their style... Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup was something else, probably one of my favorite goals of all time.
Anyway, while I like their orange jerseys I don't know that I'd wear it as often as, say, my black Pachuca shirt. So I went for the blue Holland jersey. It's a nice quality shirt and I've worn it out already and got some compliments on it. Many people, in fact, weren't aware that the Dutch even had a blue jersey. They wore it against Austria in March.
So now I've added some European flavor to my Mexican collection. I really should get more MLS jerseys, but to be honest my Mexican shirts are the knock-off kinds you get at the puestos in the cities down in Mexico, and those are a peso a dozen. I don't want to drop $70 on an MLS jersey. Come on now, I'm a writer. I don't make that kind of money. Besides, I could probably get the rest of the Mexican First Division for that much money... except America. I'll pass on that one.
Ultimately, though, I've had nothing but good come out of my little jersey venture. I may go back to SoccerPro.com for another international jersey at some point, perhaps I'll put a Germany shirt on my Christmas list... I'll just have to keep the Germany and Holland jerseys in separate closets. I had a good experience dealing with SoccerPro.com, would definitely recommend it and will probably go back there in the future. Heck, I signed up my 4-year-old for AYSO and I'll need boots and shin guards and a ball and all that come September. So I may become a regular at that site.