The European domestic leagues started last month and anticipation was high for the start of a new campaign after the 2014 World Cup. Player moves made headlines during the summer and fans were eager to welcome them to their new club by showing their support with a customized team jersey.
WorldSoccerShop did their part to get fans their jerseys with the right name and number and in time for the first match. We spoke with WorldSoccerShop’s Marketing Manager Jeff Stephens about which teams and players are the most popular as well as recent trends for custom jerseys.
“The start of the European season always brings huge interest in custom jerseys,” Stephens explained. “This is one of the busiest times of year for our customization department as they work overtime to keep up with the demand.”
“Our customization department probably know more about the latest transfers than many fans as they are printing new shirts with custom names and numbers immediately following the official announcement of the player move,” Stephens added with a chuckle.
The teams with the most customization not surprisingly are from England’s Barclays Premier League and Spain’s La Liga. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United lead the way in England with not surprisingly Real Madrid and Barcelona the big players in Spain.
Chelsea was the big seller in England. The return of fan favorite Didier Drogba tops the list while other big name signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa pushed sales during August. It certainly does not hurt the Jose Mourinho’s side is considered one of the favorites to win the title.
Top 5 Chelsea Customized Jerseys (August 2014)
- DIEGO COSTA
Liverpool finished in 2nd place last season. The Reds are eager to improve on that finish this year and Brendan Rogers made sure that even with Luiz Suarez departing that the team would again be one of the most lethal in the league with the signing of Mario Balotelli. Despite signing late in the month, on August 25, 2014, Balotelli finished second for custom jersey demand only behind fan favorite Steven Gerrard.
Top 5 Liverpool Custom Jerseys (August 2014)
Manchester United struggled last season but hope was high with the Louis van Gaal taking over the club and after a successful silver winning tour of the United States. The optimism was high for Red Devil fans with captain Wayne Rooney leading the line. Chicharito was a fan favorite and snuck in the top 5 but was transferred to Real Madrid so look for the Mexico to be a big seller in Spain from September through the end of the season.
Top 5 Manchester United Custom Jerseys (August 2014)
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Arsenal is about as consistent as any team in global soccer. The Gunners have made the UEFA Champions League group stage for a staggering 17 consecutive years. Arsene Wenger has always been careful with the club’s pocketbook but has splashed some cash to re-build a championship contending team. The big off-season acquisition was Alexis Sanchez and the former Barcelona striker immediately was accepted by fans who added his name to their jersey. The core of players from last season’s team all sold well with fans eager to get their name on the new Puma sponsored jersey.
Top 5 Arsenal Custom Jerseys (August 2014)
Real Madrid are the champions of Europe and have one of the best and deepest rosters in all of soccer. They will look to become the first team to defend their UEFA Champions League title in the UCL era and are eager to return to the top of the La Liga table. James Rodriguez was the big summer signing. The Colombian international won the golden boot at the 2014 World Cup and was eagerly awaited at the Bernabeu so no big surprise he topped the team’s list of most customized jersey. World Cup winner Toni Kroos also signed and finished as the 4th biggest seller for the team while the big boys Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Top 5 Real Madrid Custom Jerseys (August 2014)
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Barcelona added to their star-studded line-up with the addition of bad-boy Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan international is serving a global suspension until October but fans were ready to welcome him pushing him to #2 on the Barcelona custom jersey sales list behind only Lionel Messi.
Top 5 Barcelona Custom Jerseys (August 2014)
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What custom jerseys do you own? Do you get your favorite player on your official jerseys? Or do you prefer to put your own name? Talk about your custom jerseys on WorldSoccerShop’s facebook page.
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