Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Kashima Antlers 1993 - No.10 Zico.
Formed in 1947, Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island".
Since the J-League's creation in 1993, Kashima have proved by far Japan's most successful club team, having won the league title seven times, the J. League Cup three times and the Emperor's Cup three times.
In 1991, Zico interrupted his political career when he accepted an offer to join the Sumitomo Metal Industries Soccer Club in Kashima, to help the club secure a place in Japan's first fully professional football league that was set to officially launch in 1993 – the J. League. Zico played for Sumitomo in 1992, the last season before the old Japan Soccer League was disbanded, and finished as the league's top scorer. When the new league launched, the small town club, renamed Kashima Antlers, was not expected to compete with richer, more glamorous clubs like Yokohama Marinos and Verdy Kawasaki.
Zico, however, helped the Antlers to win the J.League Suntory Series and a runners-up finish in its inaugural season, leading the club to cement its place among the league's elite.
His discipline, talent and professionalism meshed very well with Japanese culture, and his influence earned him the nickname, "God of Soccer".
This shirt is available to purchase for £26.99 ref:078Zico
A grey 100% cotton T-shirt, in small, medium, large and xl sizes.
Please refer to size guide A.
Other sizes may be available on request.
Payment and postage options are opposite.