The Holiday Gift Guide for Football Fans
If there’s anything we learned from Arsenal fans after Mesut Özil moved to North London, it’s that buying nice things is the key to happiness. With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re just days away from that time of the year where people rush to malls and shove strangers. As much as you may enjoy that pastime, you could do better than that gift card.
To make the hunt for gifts a bit more digestible, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite things. From art prints to books and gear, if you can’t find a present here, well, you might be tough out of luck.
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Art and Design


Does the fan in your life have a bit of empty space on their walls? If so, an art piece might fit the bill. Thankfully, there are an incredible amount of talented artists who love the beautiful game and make their art available for purchase. From Wong Wong’s World Cup-themed Thirty Two prints to Mark Yesilevskiy’s “Teams, Not Players" series, to Steve Welsh’s “A through Z” collection, Meen Choi’s collected portraits or Dan Leydon’s 1matchaday series, the options are plentiful, no matter what team or player you’re looking for. Also check out…
1. Chinatown Branch’s paintings of Old Trafford
2. Football Type: An in-depth look at typography in football
3. Daniel Nyari’s Neymar Print
4. Stanley Chow’s Scholesy
5. Luke Barclay Design’s World Cup Group Poster
6. DINKIT’s Football Coordinates Prints
7. David Sparshott’s World Cup jerseys
8. Ty Palmer’s Best XI Series
9. 11cannons’ Bergkamp in a Winter Wonderland

Books and Magazines


Is the fan you’re hunting for not an art lover? Do they already have their walls plastered over with David Beckham posters like we do? In that case, going the intellectual route and picking up a few books might not be a bad idea. Amongst our favorites this year were Robert Andrew Powell’s “This Love is Not For Cowards,” which chronicles a season with Ciudad Juarez’ Indios and simultaneously tells the story of modern Mexico, and Chris Anderson’s book, The Numbers Game, which offers an in-depth look at the developing field of statistical analysis in the game. Also check out…
1. Sid Lowe’s Fear and Loathing in La Liga
2. Chuck Korr’s Football v Apartheid
3. David Winner’s Brilliant Orange
4. Joe McGinniss’ The Miracle of Castel di Sangro
5. Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow
6. Guillem Balague’s Messi

Of course, it’s not a bad idea to go the magazine route either. Over the past year or so, a number of grassroots magazines have come to life, each offering a staggering amount of quality content. We’re big fans of Howler, The Blizzard, and Rabona Magazine.

Lifestyle and Gear


Ok, fine. Art doesn’t work, and your target already has a library chock full of textbooks on the 1970 Brazil team and tiki-taka. In that case, awkwardly find out their shirt size, support creative entrepreneurs or order some new gear. Let’s work down the list:
1. The 3nil FC crew and Wunderkind wallet are glorious
2. When your team gets knocked out, support Brazil with this.
3. The LBF Winged Tee will glide you across the pitch
4. Black boots. The Mercurial Vapor IX's do it right.
5. Spain have a nice kit for the World Cup. Clean Sheet Co.’s interpretation is better.
6. The US Soccer Centennial kit. Celebrate 100 years in style.
7. The Brazuca, naturally.
8. The Dos a Cero Scarf from Howler.
9. Modern Anthology’s Foosball Bottle Openers.
If you’re confident, picking up a new jersey is a good shout. Just be sure to do a bit of research on this one, or you might end up giving a Real Madrid jersey to a Barcelona fan. Actually, on second thought, that’s not a bad idea. Just send us the video of your friend’s reaction.

The Philanthropic Option


We’re the first to admit that giving and receiving gifts is a wonderful part of the holiday season, but when you break it down to its core, the holidays are about doing good. Of course, that can accomplished in a variety of ways, and giving a well conceived gift is certainly a good route, but there are few things better than donating time or funds to a charity designed to benefit the less-fortunate. 
And while there are plenty of charities and causes that could use your support, there are a number of soccer-specific groups that are worth taking a look at. Instead of that new jersey, maybe do a solid and donate in your name or a friend’s to any of the following charities:
1. Street Soccer USA, a group using soccer to help the homeless transform their lives
2. Grassroots Soccer. who use the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.
3. Little Feet, who help develop soccer-based infrastructure around the world
This gift guide is a product of Eric Beard, Maxi Rodriguez, Zack Goldman, Dominic Vieira, and the AFR Voice team wasting way too many hours on the Internet. Did we forget something? Send us your recommendations on Twitter or in the comments.

The Holiday Gift Guide for Football Fans

If there’s anything we learned from Arsenal fans after Mesut Özil moved to North London, it’s that buying nice things is the key to happiness. With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re just days away from that time of the year where people rush to malls and shove strangers. As much as you may enjoy that pastime, you could do better than that gift card.

To make the hunt for gifts a bit more digestible, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite things. From art prints to books and gear, if you can’t find a present here, well, you might be tough out of luck.

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Berlin x 3nil

Berlin is a city that doesn’t scream football, but rather whispers it gently through an underground culture that reveals itself with time and careful observation.

3nil managed to get the great Ryu Voelkel to collaborate with web designer and Arsenal fan Andrew Weber to capture Andrew’s daily life in Berlin; where he works, lives and plays. The game is beautiful on its own, but the people who bring creativity and thought to the table make it brilliant. As a brand, 3nil has been built by the support of people like Andrew, who illuminate the game in their everyday lives. You can find the Berlin Lookbook here, along with a video following Andrew and Ryu around for the day here.

Want more? Well, 3nil also went to Montreal. Check out the full collection here.

3nil FC joins Barça, Juve, Man Utd, PSG, and Bayern with Top of the League

It’s only mid-February, yet some clubs have been impatient. Who needs drama when you can go out and put one hand on a trophy three months in advance? Barça are already hoisting the La Liga title, Bayern are running away with the Bundesliga, and Manchester United are closing in on their 20th Premier League title. With Top of the League, 3nil wanted to share make a shirt that shares that tremendous feeling of reaching the summit after a treacherous path and enjoying the view. [Posted by Eric. GIFs by Dale Con Comba]

R93nil

Our friends at 3nil are finally paying homage to one of the greatest strikers of all time.

That striker is Ronaldo. The original. O Fenomeno. Featuring his beloved Brazil’s yellow and green, this poster captures the spirit of a true legend of our beautiful game.

Don’t wait to snap this up, you never know when a great poacher is around the corner. 

3nil Presents #USMNT

No, we’re not speaking in tongues… For the majority of our stateside readers, I don’t need to explain this one. Anyone who has lived on used Twitter or Tumblr in recent years knows that the “#USMNT” is the United States Men’s National Team. Last night, the USMNT earned a 1-0 victory over Jamaica, making their chances of going to Brazil in 2014 ever so bright. Our friends at 3nil will be supporting them along the way, and they’re showing their support through a fresh new product.

In 3nil’s words…

  • 3nil has an ever expanding fan base around the world and one of the most loyal countries to our club is the USA. Blessed with a mix of nationalities and culture (much like our native Australia), the game is loved from coast to coast in America.
  • Something that brings everyone together is the men’s national team, the USMNT.
  • 3nil has decided to honour football in United States by releasing ‘#USMNT’, a unique iPhone cover that will surely please any fans of our beautiful game.

For USMNT fans, the goodness goes beyond the pitch. Embrace it and spread the word. You can have another look at 3nil’s latest product here, and also get in touch with them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.

Stylish and Educational! 3nil’s Onside/Offside Shirt.

Imagine a perfectly timed run from the far side. Ozil slips Benzema in, which is followed by a cool finish to the far post. But there’s something wrong; the assistant referee has raised his flag and the goal doesn’t stand. Mourinho, furious on the touchline, takes off his “Arsene Wenger-lite” jacket to reveal a shirt that says it all. That is onside. This is offside. He shows the ref, then puts his coat back on and walks back into the dugout.

Now we’re now endorsing that sort of conduct, just throwing it out there. Why? Because our friends at 3nil have a brilliant new design.

In their words: “The fine margins of the beautiful game go hand in hand with the fine margins of quality design.”

3nil: Twitter / Facebook/ Site

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The Tiki Taka Contest: “How many passes, Xavi?”

Two Clásicos in two weeks. It’s the Copa del Rey, sure, but it’s still a Clásico. Will Barcelona outclass Real Madrid? Well, much of that argument will depend on the performance of Xavi, Barça’s metronome in the midfield, and the club’s continued mastery of Tiki-Taka football.

The Contest: Predict how many passes Xavi will complete over the course of the two Clásicos. Closest prediction wins. Simple.

The Prize: A limited edition “Tiki Taka” shirt from 3nil (pictured above), celebrating a high tempo possession game comprised of impossible triangles created all over the pitch that is a delight for all football fans to watch.

How To Enter: You can tweet your predictions @afootballreport or write on our Facebook page until kick-off on the 18th of January. You must be following 3nil on Twitter (@threenildotcom) or like their Facebook page to be eligible.

Tiki Taka, the possession game perfected by Xavi. Time to pick a number.

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