Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Few little pulls on the chest
Size: Adult’s Extra Large (loose fitting)
Chest Measurement: 47-49 Inches / 119-124 CM
Colour: Claret, light blue & white trim
Seasons: 1999/2000 & 2000/2001
Player: Paolo Di Canio
Official Fila West Ham home football shirt from the 1999/00 season. Complete with Di Canio #10 on the back of the shirt in official Lextra flock Premier League lettering.
Condition of this vintage football jersey is 8/10 - Excellent. Few little pulls on the chest (see photos).
In January 1999, Di Canio signed for West Ham United for £1.5 million. He had not played football since his ban following his push on Paul Alcock. West Ham manager, Harry Redknapp on signing Di Canio admitted he was taking a chance but said of the player "He can do things with the ball that people can only dream of". Di Canio said of his ban, "I made a mistake and I'm sorry, West Ham have given me a big chance and I'm very happy" He scored his first goal for West Ham on 27 February 1999 in his fourth game. Playing against Blackburn Rovers, Di Canio made the first goal in a 2-0 win, for Ian Pearce in the 27th minute and scored the second in the 31st minute.
He helped them to achieve a high league position (5th) and qualify for the UEFA Cup through the Intertoto Cup. He was also the OPTA player of the season 1998–99. He scored the BBCGoal of the Season in March 2000 with a flying volley against Wimbledon, which is still considered among the best goals in Premiership history and was named as the Premiership's goal of the decade in a December 2009 Sky Sports News viewers' poll, scoring 30% of votes. In this season he was also voted Hammer of the Year by the club's fans.
In December 2000, late in a game against Everton and with both sides vying for the winning goal, Di Canio shunned a goal-scoring opportunity and stopped play, grabbing the ball from a cross inside the box, as the Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was laying injured on the ground after he twisted his knee attempting a clearance on the edge of the box. The Goodison Park crowd reacted with a standing ovation. FIFA officially lauded Di Canio's gesture, describing it as "a special act of good sportsmanship," and awarded him next year the FIFA Fair Play Award.
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