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Classic11 Football Shirts has a brand new home - bigger, better and setup perfectly to bring you more great original soccer jerseys from years gone by.

The New Year has bought a fresh outlook to Classic11, including a re-location to a new premises on the outskirts of Leicester where we've found a new home nestled in the friendly business park of Charnwood Edge, Cossington.

The move will enable us to stock even more vintage football shirts and give our brilliant customers a wider selection of original jerseys to choose from.

The larger office space and store room will also enable us to increase dispatch times, so whether you live in Canterbury or Cairo your classic football shirt should arrive on your doorstep sooner than ever before.

Like millions who watched BBC's Blue Planet 2, the health of our oceans and the growing problems of plastic have become a pressing concern for us.

Here at Classic11 Football Shirts, we've decided to make a change and think about how we can reduce the amount of plastic based products that we use and send to you, our customers.

Our decision has been to change all of the products we use for shipping our classic football shirts. All of the component parts of your parcel are now 100% biodegradable, even the tape that secures the box. Here is a breakdown of those parts:

      

Cardboard parcel box and 100% Bio-degradable clear bag.

 

          

Paper invoice, business card and bio-degradable tape.

It’s the day of the year where everyone’s encouraged to wear their football shirts to work – and donate £5 to help beat bowel cancer, the illness which ended World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore’s life at just 51.

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All you have to do is simply wear your football shirt to work, and donate £5 to Cancer Research - that's it!

“No matter who you support, our only opposition on this day is bowel cancer,” says FA chief executive Martin Glenn. “Bowel cancer is the second biggest killing cancer and 44 people every day die of bowel cancer in the UK, the equivalent to four football teams.

Marseille hit Metz for 6

Marseille secured a huge three points over strugglers Metz on Friday evening, in a topsy-turvy encounter that produced nine goals and featured a hat-trick for the in-form Florian Thauvin.

The victory enabled Les Phocéens to move up to second in Ligue 1, overtaking Lyon in the process and currently sit eleven points behind imperious leaders PSG.

The tone was set for the evening in the first nine minutes, with Rudi Garcia’s side scoring two goals in quick succession to assume control of the game from the outset.

The first came courtesy of Morgan Sansom, who took advantage of some poor defending from Metz in the penalty area, giving the home side the lead in the sixth minute. Sansom was involved again just moments later, crossing to Thauvin- who was able to tuck away a tidy side-footed volley past Metz’s helpless goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima.

The former Newcastle United winger has been directly involved in 18 goals of his last 19 appearances, scoring 10 and assisting 8. In such form, he was always likely to flourish in this encounter, duly notching his second just before half-time, despite Moussa Niakhate’s desperate attempts to clear.

The points were assured at the start of the second-half, Valere Germain delicately finishing via the post; and shortly after Thauvin completed his hat-trick (his second for the club), neatly converting a header from an exquisite Dimitri Payet cross, in a dominant spell for Marseille.

Defensive flaws were highlighted in the final quarter to slightly cloud a commanding Marseille display. Florent Mollett responded for Metz with a brace, either side of a sixth-goal from Kostas Mitroglou. Ibrahima Niane pulled a third back in stoppage-time to restore some respectability to the scoreline for Metz, who remain bottom and sit an ominous seven points away from a survival position.

 

Monaco complete unlikely comeback with 10-men

There was a thriller at the Stade Louis II between the other two clubs competing for Champions League places- Monaco and Lyon.

Bruno Génésio’s side made the perfect start in the South of France, acquiring a 2-0 lead within the first half-hour. The first from an audacious, deflected effort from Mariano Diaz, shortly followed by Bertrand Traoré’s close-range finish from Ferland Mendy’s cross.

Lyon held their lead for less than ten minutes. Keita Balde surged forward on a slaloming run and powered an unstoppable low drive past Anthony Lopes. Moments later, Mendy’s needless tug on Kamil Glik enabled Radamel Falcao to draw Monaco level from the penalty-spot, notching his 17th goal of the season in the process.

The Ligue 1 champions suffered another significant setback, as the goal-scorer Baldé was sent off shortly before half-time for a second bookable offence in the space of four minutes.

Leonardo Jardim’s side were not fazed by the numerical inferiority and completed a remarkable comeback in the 88th-minute. Stevan Jovetic combined with Rony Lopes, who fired in a rasping low shot past his namesake in the Lyon goal- moving the Champions into third position, one point behind Marseille.

 

PSG march on

It is 18 goals in 19 games for Neymar, who was on target at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in PSG’s commanding 3-0 win over Lille, to reassume their 11-point lead at the summit of Ligue 1.

The Brazilian scored with a superbly taken 77th-minute free-kick to seal all three points for Unai Emery’s title-charging side. This came after Yuri Berchiche had taken advantage of Lille’s failure to clear, netting a low shot on the stroke of half-time. Argentine Giovani La Celso delivered Les Parisiens’ coup de grâce, minutes from the end with a superb lob over Mike Maignan from the edge of the penalty area.

by Hal Walker - @HalWalker

Beyond the halfway point in the La Liga season and one statistic has unsurprisingly remained consistent from the previous eight at the Santiago Bernabeau; Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s top scorer in La Liga this campaign. This is where the constancy ends for Real this year and this stat alone, in fact, highlights the sheer, alarming chasm to Barcelona.

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Ronaldo’s scoring tally for the season currently sits at 4 La Liga goals (in 14 starts) and his side’s home defeat last weekend to Villarreal confirmed Los Blancos are trailing league leaders Barcelona by an extraordinary 19 points; after Barcelona ensured 3 points with a 4-2 win at Real Sociedad, coming from two goals down at the Anoeta on Sunday evening.

Last Saturday’s home defeat to Villarreal was only symptomatic of Real’s ongoing issues that are facing Zinedine Zidane. As Pablo Fornais produced a floated lob over the helpless Keylor Navas in the 87th-minute, immediately following the Mexican’s point-blank stop from Enes Unal, Real were left to stew on repeated frustrations felt in their blunt attack.

“Anyone who says we played badly has no idea about football”, Toni Kroos insisted. The German midfielder’s frustration stemming from the fact that his side had produced 28 shots in this game alone. But only 7 of these had forced Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo into saves. Two penalty appeals turned down and one Ronaldo shot that hit the bar further summarised the recurring theme.

Villarreal’s players celebrated wildly following their win at the home of the European Champions, as they had every right to. This was the first time they had won at the Bernabeu, at the 19th attempt. “We’re very happy- this is historic”, Javier Calleja, their coach said delightedly, after the game.

Zidane on the other side of the corridor bemoaned his side’s current crisis, “This is a hard, terrible blow. We did everything we could but the ball just didn’t want to go in. There’s no explanation”.

Many will point to last summer that has proved the downturn in their success. Real have clearly lost their chemistry and quality in depth since the 2017 summer window. Despite the recruitment of promising youngsters like Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos, the sales of influential squad players like James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and even Mariano Lopez have disrupted the first-team at the Bernabeau.

Ronaldo’s recent response to criticism was “Go look it up on Google…the numbers do not lie”, (in reference to his own goal-scoring record) can be aptly applied to his club’s predicament on the pitch, being as they are admittedly, damming for Zidane’s side. At the halfway point of this season, Real have already lost more games than in their entire 2016/17 title-winning campaign; 11 less points than after this weekend last year. Saturday’s home

defeat to Villarreal was their second consecutive, and third in total, home loss this season- the last time they experienced back-to-back home losses in La Liga was eight years ago.

Truly remarkably, this only the second time in their history they have been this far adrift domestically and in fact sit closer, in terms of points, to the relegation zone than to the league leaders (16 points above Deportivo La Coruna in 18th).

10 points behind their city rivals Atletico and 8 behind Marcelinho’s Valenica, domestic Champions League qualification and the preservation of the prized European elite trophy must now be the necessities if Zidane is to save a disastrous campaign.

For their star Ronaldo, success will be determined by a talent he has always possessed in spades- the ability to produce and make the difference on the big occasion, and if the Portuguese number 7 is to net the winner to see his side eliminate Paris Saint Germain from the last round of 16 Champions League tie, watch his plaudits re-convene in the so-familiar fervent, devout narrative once again

 by @fplschool

I ran a recent poll on Twitter asking the following question

‘If you knew your old football shirts could raise funds for a Cancer Charity would you donate them?’

I was staggered to see that 80% of voters indicated that they would. With several responses suggesting this was an excellent idea.  It has taken a few weeks but I’m pleased to announce starting on January 2nd the Shirts for Kids Campaign begins and will run initially for 1 month, supporting Children with Cancer UK.

How it works

I have arranged a partnership with www.classic11.com who will administer cash donations to Children with Cancer UK via a Just Giving page in return for your old adult sized match day football shirts (home/ away / 3rd kits).  The Charity will gain funds and you will have donated to help fight childhood cancer.

FULL DISCLOSURE – However, in the interest of full disclosure you need to be aware that classic11.com will then legally own the shirt and sell it on via their website.  I also want to assure you all that I am not on commission and the amount donated to the charity (50% or 100%) is your decision.

Still interested in donating your old shirt(s)? Read on for further details.  If not, scroll to the bottom for other ways to support.

About the Charity

Children with Cancer UK support children and families going through cancer, raise awareness and fund large scale research projects. Today over three quarters of children survive a cancer diagnosis whilst 50 years ago three quarters died.  I was shocked that despite this Cancer is the UKs biggest child killer. Please read more at

Childhood Cancer Facts and Figures

This is how you donate

  • You contact www.classic11.com/sellshirts via this link with the details of the shirts you would be interested in donating/selling, including size and condition. Include a reference to @FPLSchool in the details you submit so they are aware this is a Charity Donation.
  • They are specifically looking for Adult sized match day shirts (Home / Away / 3rdKits)
  • They will then make an offer. They are usually between £5 and £20.  You can decide whether to accept or not.  If not keep reading!
  • If accepting they will ask you to send them the shirt.  When doing so you must include one of the following codes on a piece of paper inside the parcel.
    • FPLSchool50 (a 50% donation, you will receive the other 50%)
    • FPLSchool100 (a 100% donation)
  • I have provided both options as you will be expected to send the shirts at your own expense.
  • Once the shirt is received they will make the donations and/or pay you
  • You can keep track of the donation amount via the fundraising page. I have set a cautious target as I really have no idea how much the FPL Community will get behind the campaign

What if my shirt is not accepted/wanted by Classic 11?

Remember Classic11 are a business and whilst they are willing to support the campaign with administration time they are first and foremost a business.  If your shirt is not wanted or you choose not to accept their offer, there are other ways to support the campaign as listed below

Donate Elsewhere  The two charities below require football shirts for Africa that you could donate the shirt to. I’d encourage you to take a look:

www.kits4causes.org

www.kitaid.net

Share/Re-tweet the campaign  If you don’t have a shirt you are willing to sell/donate then you can still contribute by getting behind the campaign and spreading the word over Twitter and social media. Help us make this a success.

Donate cash – You can also text SFKC99 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 which will go directly to the Charity.

Let’s do something amazing FPL Community

TEACH

As clubs over the continent plot the bolstering of squad quality and depth to enhance their domestic aspirations, players who may or may not be in favour at the respective clubs will be looking to the month ahead to secure that crucial move to enhance their own chances of appearing in the sport’s most esteemed international competition next summer; the World Cup. The following five players are no doubt looking to earn a plane ticket to Russia by securing more first-team football and are highly tipped for a New Year move.

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1- Sergej Milinkovic-Savic- Nicknamed “Sergente” in Italy; the 6ft 4in midfielder is an imposing figure for Lazio who, despite suffering from a recent poor run of form, have been reaping the benefits from the ever improving, box-to-box dynamism from the 22-year old Serbian; attracting the likes of Man Utd, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. Savic is thought to have earmarked Old Trafford as his preferred destination, having described Jose Mourinho as “the best manager in the world…He’s intelligent and simply great”.

The young Serb has a better record than any Man Utd midfielder this season with 5 league goals to his name, with 3 having been converted outside of the 18-yard box. In fact, Kevin de Bruyne is the only midfielder in the Premier League with a superior record than Milinkovic-Savic for goals scored outside of the penalty are. His versatility and range of attributes to his game will be another factor that is appealing to so many of Europe’s top scouts, boasting the second-best passing and tackling rate at Lazio.

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2- Javier Pastore- The 28-year old Argentine is thought to have played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain, having featured in less than half of his side’s domestic fixtures for the past 2 seasons. Pastore signed for PSG from Palermo in 2011 for a noteworthy €43m, following the club’s takeover by “Qatar Sports Investments”. The player is said to be desperate to ensure the move goes ahead in January, to boost any chances he may have re-claiming a spot with the Argentina squad for Russia 2018. Whilst Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have shown firm interest, Pastore’s agent Marcelo Simonian has talked up the idea of a move to Inter Milan; “Bringing in Pastore would be a historic opportunity for the Nerazzurri to get back to their winning ways of the past”. PSG are keen for a sale to be made in the New Year to ensure they can meet with the required UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.

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3- Javier Mascherano- The 33-year old Argentine defender has been out of favour at Barcelona this season, having fallen behind Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique in the pecking order at the club; “In Barcelona, it is clear that I am not playing at the frequency I played before…I’m in a team where every game I play is because I earn it in training, but it is clear there are many times you want to play more”. A return to River Plate or Liverpool has been suggested by various international press associations, but reports in Spain have stated that a €10m agreement has been made with Hebei China Fortune (managed by Manuel Pellegrini), with the deal to be completed next month. Barcelona may be keen to push the deal through as they target 23-year old Colombian defender Yerry Mina from Palmeiras.

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4- Hatem Ben Arfa- The former Newcastle and Nice attacking midfielder has been frozen out of the first-team picture at PSG and is desperate for an escape route to resurrect his career, having not featured for Unai Emery’s side since mid-March. With only six months remaining on the 30-year old’s current deal; PSG may be willing to sell him for a cut-price fee in the January window. Leicester City are understood to have expressed a firm interest, with Foxes boss Claude Puel having previous experience of working with Ben Arfa at Nice, “I have crossed paths with Hatem every now and then and each time we have spoken a bit,” Puel claimed earlier this month. “I appreciate the player but I also appreciate the person”. West Ham United are also understood to have shown an interest.

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5- Jack Wilshere- Out of contract in the summer and having featured in only 8 league games this season for Arsenal, the 25-year old attacking midfielder will be keen to do whatever is necessary to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s squad plans for Russia 2018 next summer. The England manager recently explained Wilshere’s current domestic situation was damaging his international prospects for first-team selection; “I don’t know how you get into an England squad without getting in the Arsenal team,” Southgate told reporters after his omission from the recent round of international friendlies. As a home-grown player under UEFA rules, Wilshere would interest many Premier League clubs (particularly West Ham and Everton who are understood to have made enquiries), whilst he would be free to sign with a foreign club on January 1, but the player is reportedly keen to stay in England.

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