For those new to TSG, part of what we try to do is be a conduit to players and coaches for your questions.
Reader “Tim” wrote in and asked us the following:
What do the players typically do with the jerseys they get from the other team after they’ve switch? Do they wear them? or just hang them on their wall? Is Donovan hitting bars wearing at Torres jersey?
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o caused a minor stir when he swapped jerseys with a Tanzania player in 2008...
Well Tim, the answers that came in Thursday might be deflating for you but first some background.
The first jersey exchange is recognized to have happened almost 80 years ago, 1931, when France beat England. The French players wanted a little momento of their momentous occasion and requested the jersey of their English counterparts. Tradition born.
Just two years ago was perhaps the most (in)famous jersey swap. In a World Cup qualifying match between Tanzania and Cameroon, international star Samuel E’to exchanged jerseys with Tanzania’s Nadir Haroub. The Tanzanian Football Federation then claimed they could not afford a new jersey and demanded Haroub provide compensation for it. After public pressure, the TFF relented.
Tim, I’m sorry to report that, despite the tradition, the two players we spoke with Thursday night have no controversy, or grand plans, for their keepsakes.
Matthew, TSG: Got a reader question for you Sean. After the match, there is sometimes the exchange of kits. What do you do with the jersey you swap for?
Sean Franklin, L.A. Galaxy: Afraid it’s nothing exciting. I usually just give it to the equipment manager to make sure it gets washed. Then when I get it back it goes in the drawer. That’s about it.
Matthew: So you’re not displaying it or anything?
Sean: Nah, just the drawer. I don’t wear it out or anything like that. Probably not the answer you were looking for.
Matthew: Doesn’t change our opinion of you Sean.
Matthew, TSG: Landon, quick feature question from a reader if you don’t mind. What do you do with the jerseys you get in the swap at the end of the game? Any favorites?
We're guessing "Ghana 2010" is not Lando's favorite...
Landon Donovan, L.A. Galaxy: Well, I have a trophy room at home and they go in there.
I don’t know if I have a favorite. You know, I’ve never really thought about it. It’s nice every once in awhile though to be able to look back and remember some of the more memorable matches I’ve been in.
Matthew, TSG: Not one favorite?
Landon: Haven’t really ever thought about it.
Matthew, TSG: You’re going to disappoint some readers in that they never get worn again. You don’t wear them out for a run? Anything?
Landon: No, and I’m not wearing them out to bars or anything either.
Update: Just got an update from Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy who we asked as well. (By the way, Dan Kennedy, also very generous with his time with TSG; much appreciated Mr. Kennedy.)
Dan’s answer: I have a small collection from teammates, opponents, and guys I admire, I plan on framing them at the end of my career…
Some short weekend notes:
• Benny Feilhaber, who is rumored to be on the move from AGF Arhaus, comments on the World Cup. Perhaps–apologies–the most bland interview ever though no fault of subject.
AGF is having a really hard time selling both Feilhaber and Jakob Poulsen as clubs know both players can be had and are thus underbidding for their services.
• Corinthians boss Mano Menezes has accepted the Brazil head coaching gig. Chilean skipper Marcelo Bielsa is rumored to re-up for 1-year with Chile.
• Got a roundabout source here who says Jay DeMerit, currently on holiday, is leaning towards coming back Stateside. Thought I would share this,though I have no direct knowledge nor have confirmed it. Sort of a “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors” kind of thing.
Yao was signed to Roy Keane's Ipswich Town through May....
• A name you may or may not know…much traveled (Livorno, St. Mirren, Red Bull, Ipswich Town) Devann Yao is training with West Ham. Yao, who played some American academy ball, would be an interesting candidate for new development US Youth Soccer Technical Director Claudio Reyna to use as a case study.
• Mark Hughes is now apparently on Fulham’s list. TSG has stated before that if Jol doesn’t get the job, it’s likely to be Hughes who the Cottagers pursue. Gareth Southgate remains our dark horse candidate (…and will likely remain just that).
• Carlos Captainegra made his new deal with St. Etienne official. Boca’s deal is two years with a transfer fee going the other way of 185K euros.