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One of the most beautiful football shirts

Here is the Albion Roar shirt of the week for 31/03/18, chosen simply because it is beautiful, just look at it.


This is the 2018 special edition ‘Peace’ shirt of Japanese J2 League side V-Varen Nagasaki. Unimaginatively nicknamed VVN they play at the Transcosmos Stadium in Nagasaki, capacity 20,246.

The club was formed by the merger between Ariake FC and Kunimi FC in 2005 and renamed as V-Varen Nagasaki. The V is from the Dutch “vrede” (peace) and “varen” (to sail) after the citys heritage as a port of call for Dutch sailors in the 18th Century.

They entered the Kyushu Soccer League, one of 9 regional leagues that are the fifth tier of Japanese football. By the 2012 season they had climbed to the top of the Japan Football League (Tier 3) and gained promotion to the national J2 League, and in November last year they gained promotion to the J1 League for the first time in their history.

The current First Team coach is Takuya Takagi, a former Japanese international and successful domestic striker. Notable players in the current squad include veteran defender Kensuke Fukuda who has played his entire career in the J1 League. Centre forward Shu Hiramatsu has recently joined from J2 side Mito HollyHock. Aussie midfielder Ben Halloran joined from 2.Bundesliga side 1.FC Heidenheim in January 2018.

Their fans are very much in the Japanese style, superbly choreographed flag waving, singing and jumping around, follow this YouTube for your aural enjoyment