TOR! Bring On The World Cup In Style
Here’s how it started: I signed up my son for Preschool Soccer Camp. One week in August for an hour a day, just a bunch of three-to-five-year-olds running in the wrong direction, not connecting with the ball, and colliding with each other. Fun!
There are two reasons I decided to sign Oliver up for this soccer day camp. First, his Papa is a huge fan and we both hope our kids grow to love this sport as much as he does. Secondly, while Oliver was reading and writing at two-and-a-half (six months ago), the kid can’t take a short walk around the block without bailing two minutes out the door, so I figured that soccer might help improve his coordination skills. And then I remembered – the FIFA 2010 World Cup starts next week in South Africa!
Last time the FIFA World Cup rolled around (in 2006), this international event took place in Germany. Not only are my parents from there, but I have lived there, speak the language fluently, and am a passport-holding citizen. So I did what any soccer fan/patriot would do – I ordered my son the Germany adidas Toddler National Team Home Mini Kit from the FIFA Official Store, which is the same soccer kit Germany will wear on the pitch during the World Cup!
adidas Mini Kits come with both a national team soccer jersey and the matching shorts, and are available in sizes 24 months to 4T and in Extra Extra Small. For some reason beyond me, the Mini Kits are only available for the Argentina, France, Germany, and Mexiconational teams. Another unsolved mystery is why only the Mexico Mini Kit comes with socks. Mini Kits cost $49.95 USD (socks or not), however, I received 20% off by signing up for the FIFA newsletter, which saved me $10. Don’t forget to calculate the cost of shipping into your total, as well as any duties, taxes, and handling fees if you live outside of the USA.
I literally had Oliver’s Germany National Team soccer kit in my hands three days after ordering. The jersey and shorts, made out of 100% engineered polyester, are incredibly well made and have the adidas ClimaCool feature, which “provides heat and moisture management through ventilation … providing optimum comfort and performance” – very important if you are a three-year-old soccer superstar. My only criticism is that I expected the Deutscher Fussball-Bund team crests on the shirt and on the back of the shorts to be sewn-on badges, but they aren’t – they’re silk screened, which I have to admit kind of disappointed me. We’ll have to see how they hold up to mid-field toddler collisions and laundry days before I get over it.
Official adidas World Cup gear also has a kid’s jersey line available in sizes Youth Extra Small to Youth Extra Large (also $49.95 USD – this time with the team crest badges sewn on, but shorts and socks not included). And in case soccer fever strikes your entire family, you can find World Cup gear for both men and women as well (although apparently the only soccer fans who are women are from Mexico, because there is only one choice in the women’s jersey line – wonder if they’d throw in the socks for their lack of selection?).
I’m positive that Oliver, sporting his Deutscher Fussball-Bund gear on the soccer pitch, will be the coolest kid on the field this summer. It can only set him up to become the next Michael Ballack, right? TOR!