November is the start of the winter holiday season as soccer fans start looking for the perfect soccer jersey for everyone on their holiday gift list. The month is a great indicator of what jerseys will be the hot items that fans are looking to add to their collections.
Top 10 Club Jerseys
1. Barcelona – Barcelona have booked their place in the Round of 16 in the Champions League and are sitting in 2nd place in La Liga but have been in the headlines recently due to the goal scoring of their top player Lionel Messi. Messi, who happens to have the top selling customized jersey (see list below), broke the record for all-time goals in La Liga and Champions League in back-to-back games.
2. Real Madrid – Real Madrid is a close second place. Los Merengues are on top of the La Liga table and have advanced to the Champions League Round of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo, 2nd on the customized jersey list, is a major reason they are in fine form. Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in La Liga and added 4 goals in the Champions League. Real Madrid have received an added sales boost this year as UEFA Champions League holders.
3. Manchester United – The Red Devils had a slow start to the Premier League but have fought their way up to 4th on the table under the eye of first-year manager Louis van Gaal. Wayne Rooney is a big part of their success on the field and helps out with jersey sales as the 9th most popular customized jersey. The future looks good for the red half of Manchester.
4. Bayern Munich – Bayern Munich is dominating the Bundesliga with the goal of winning a third straight title and it looks like no one will be able to stop them from lifting the trophy come May. They have advanced to the Round of 16 in the Champions League. Bayern has received an added boost in jersey sales after adopting a red and blue vertical stripe look for the first time in over a decade. The new style has been well received by the team and fans.
5. Chelsea – Chelsea are the team that you either love or hate. Regardless, the Blues are playing the best soccer in the Premier League, have a roster of well-known players, and are guided by a lightning rod of a manager in Jose Mourinho. Chelsea have advanced to the Round of 16 in the Champions League as well.
6. Paris Saint-Germain – Paris Saint Germain, or more commonly known as PSG, are one of the top teams in Ligue 1, France’s top division. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (#5 on the customized jersey list) is the most recognized and out spoken player on the team. The Red and Blue are also qualified for the Champions League knock out round.
7. Arsenal – Consistency is one of the hallmarks for Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners have qualified for 17 consecutive Champions Leagues and have booked a place in the Round of 16. Arsenal have been hindered in the domestic campaign by a seemingly endless line of players waiting for the physio but it seems impossible that Wenger won’t have this team fighting for the title and a place in Europe when the seasons ends.
8. Liverpool – Liverpool have struggled to find the form that helped them to a 2nd place Premier League finish last season but have struggled with injuries, most notably to Daniel Sturridge, but have a following around the globe like no other soccer club. They are still fighting for a place in the Round of 16 in the Champions League with a must win match against Basel in the final matchday of the group stage. You’ll Never Walk Alone!
9. Juventus – Juventus is on top of the Serie A table and are on the cusps of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League. The ‘Old Lady’ is always near the top in regards to jersey sales because they have one of the coolest and most recognizable in all of soccer.
10. Manchester City – Manchester City have become one of the most popular clubs in the world over the last 5 years. Two Premier League titles over the last 3 years, the influx of top players, and a partnership with the New York Yankees to buy into Major League Soccer and expansion side New York F.C. has no doubt helped the team become more visible to fans and spur on jersey sales.
Which team jersey are you hoping to get this holiday? Who is your favorite team? Do you have their team jersey?
Top 10 Customized Club Player Jerseys
1. Lionel Messi
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
4. Angel Di Maria
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
6. James Rodriguez
7. Alexis Sanchez
8. Eden Hazard
9. Wayne Rooney
10. Steven Gerrard
Official soccer jerseys from around the globe can be found at World Soccer Shop and other fine soccer retailers.