Soccer Scarves: The Ultimate Accessory
I’m spending this summer in South Africa. Yep, that’s right. Until July 11th, my roommates and I will be absorbed in a sea of painted faces, animated cheers and sweaty soccer (or should I say, football?) players.
Now I know I’m not the only one who has caught World Cup fever. I also know I’m not the only one wondering about the scarves footie fans love to wear. There’s no better way to show your love for your favorite team (go Italia!) than with a scarf sporting your country’s colors. But where did this phenomenon come from? The answer: Great Britain.
Team scarves first appeared in Britain in the early 1900s. They were designed to allow fans to stay warm in the winter without sacrificing their team spirit. The original soccer scarves were striped, alternating the team’s colors. This style is still the most popular in the UK and Australia. Then came the addition of the club crest and team name, followed by scarves decorated with team slogans and pictures of popular players. Now the possibilities are endless. Scarves are made for important matches, championships and rivalries.
Whether it’s winter or summer, whether the match is in Europe or Africa, scarves are essential for any soccer fan. The ultimate accessory, they are not just for function and fashion. Scarves have become a part of pre-game tradition. Fans will raise their scarves above their heads, creating a scarf wall and a sea of their club’s colors, while singing their team’s anthem. USA fans, this makes you want to put down your foam finger and get an American scarf, doesn’t it?
What team are you rooting for this year? And tell the truth, did you make your choice based on which team has the best scarves?
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