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Collecting scarves?!

Anyone who, like me, has lived quite a few decades, can testify that the football adept’s scarf fashion is quite a recent phenomenon. It started timidly perhaps around the seventies of the last century, slowly gaining strength in the eighties, and "exploding" in the nineties!

Certainly they did not exist in my youth. We watched football matches with nothing at all or at most a little flag. I don’t know where this phenomenon started but it was certainly here in old Europe, and most probably in the UK and Italy, here specially associated with the ultras groups. It certainly was not in Latin America, where, despite football being so cherished, the climate is not appropriate to the use of such a piece of apparel! And in other continents it does not seem probable.

The first football scarves were not really much to look at! They exhibited the club’s colours in bars, so that a blue and white scarf could equally be used to support FC Porto or any other club with the same colours.

Later appeared the club’s crests and names, and the scarves became much more interesting and attractive. But it was with the appearance of the commemorative scarves, celebrating the victory in cups and championships, that the scarf business, as well as its collecting and the growing club merchandising, gained importance.

The first commemorative scarves must have appeared almost as soon as the regular ones, back in the seventies, although in a haphazard fashion. I have no knowledge of this type of scarves, even in the UK, before that decade. The oldest FC Porto scarf I know of is from 1976/77, but, as far as I know, none was made in the next nine years, originating from Portugal.

I only became interested in scarves when FC Porto started winning a series of championships in a row, and I though it would be fun to collect the corresponding commemorative scarves. However, of the five scarves from the “penta”, the one from the bi-championship took me eight years to obtain! If I could have gotten it immediately, perhaps everything might have rested there. This way, my interest remained alive!

As I kept observing scarves, I realized that another category existed, that I consider particularly interesting: the event scarves! These may refer to a knock-out match, a final match (hence the name match scarf), a participation in a tournament, a championship, a group stage, etc.

These scarves, showing the crests and the colours of the participating clubs, can be especially attractive, besides making a great souvenir, particularly when the results were good and the adversaries strong!

And so I got this one more passion!



What you can see in this section:

Commemorative scarves


The Dragon's fire

... starts heating Europe and the World!

In about four years, FC Porto is runner-up of the Cup Winners' Cup, wins the European Champion Clubs' Cup, the European Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup!



The five-in-a-row

... a unique feat in the Portuguese football!

By the first time in the history of Portuguese football, a team wins five championships in a row!



Seville, 21 May 03

... the return to the international hall of fame!

A fantastic season! The Portuguese Championship, the Portuguese Cup and, above all, the UEFA Cup!



FC Porto, again

... Champion of Europe!

Another unforgettable season! The Portuguese Super Cup, the inauguration of the Estádio do Dragão, the Portuguese Championship and, the jewel of the crown, the victory on the Champions League!



And the Golden Years

... keep rolling!

It was the Intercontinental Cup, plus two Portuguese Super Cups, two Portuguese Championships and one Portuguese Cup!



The way to

... a second Tetra!

A renewed team, with new stars shining in Europe and the World, are winning titles and international respect.


And also:

Other scarves

Every year a number of scarves are made only to identify its owner as a team supporter. Some of these scarves are quite beautiful!


History of the Football Scarf

How and when did the football scarves start to be worn? What kind of materials and techniques have been used? This is only a modest contribution to build some knowledge about this matter.




Many people have helped me in this hobby of collecting the FC Porto commemorative scarves. Among all I must distinguish my young friend Bruno Sampaio, since without him my collection never could reach the present dimension.

Bruno has given me some scarves, has exchanged others, and has provided me with some contacts and valuable advice. Indefectible supporter of Porto, he also collects scarves but not only the FC Porto ones, as I do. He has a huge collection of scarves of worldwide clubs, although European in most part.

Thank you, Bruno!

However, many other friends have given me precious help. I want to praise my late lamented brother Nelson, my son Rui, my good friend Zé António, my colleague and now friend Gil Santos (who has be introduced to me by Quim Zé - to be not forgotten!), my ex-students Jorge Reis, Ricardo Guimarães and Rui Sousa, the young Bruno Maia and the famous collector Fernando Peixoto Correia, who not only gave me scarves, but kindly allowed me taking photos of all the pieces of his collection, which I did not own. A special word should be addressed to Mr. Morais, who, without knowing me, has had the elevation of giving me the scarf proudly kept as a souvenir of the unforgettable journey of Gelsenkirchen! Finally, as a proof of friendship does not know frontiers, I want to pay tribute to the friends Iain Lightbody, a Scotchman, and Claus Deffner, a German, whose list of the kindnesses favouring me would fill another web page!

On the other hand, including an introduction in such large number of languages would not be possible without the precious and friendly support of a big number of people, whose names I want to remember here: Abdelilah Suisse, António Bárbolo Alves, Artur Cardoso, Carlos Sá, Christopher Loutsaris, Dália Moreira (daughter-in-law), Ewelina Łukasik, Francesco Mancusi, Franklim Mendes, Gad Marom, Garciuc Velerio Leonid, Jean-Pierre Gerval, John Crapper, José Marañon, José Martins Ferreira, José Meirinhos, Jyrki Leppänen, Katarina Hirjakova, Lígia Moreira, Lilia Agusti Antas, Luísa Dias, Manuela Canavez, Marek Blizco, Maria Ângela Matos (aunt), María Eugenia Diaz, Milan Radoš, Monica Dobre-Laza, Nadia Bucurenci, Nina Amaral, Øystein Ra, Patrik Karlsson, Paulius Baltrusaitis, Rodolfo Haber Haber, Rui Pedro Sousa, Seda Anilir and her colleagues Mahir Çakýr and Volkan Kýlýç, Sònia Noguera, Torres Marques, Triin Lillelaid, Velimir Adžić, Vladimir Rauch Sitar, Wiesje/Joaquim Marques de Sá, Wim Lamers, Yann Riou and Yaroslav Babich.


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