Fake football shirt: how to recognise?

The price seems so good that it’s suspicious: you’re probably about to fall for a local football shirt. But how do you recognize a fake football shirt? It’s not always easy when you’re not used to it. 4 football equipment gives you all the tips you need to recognize real and fake football shirts.

No fake shirt is perfect
Fake jerseys are often cheaper because the distributor doesn’t have to compensate for the marketing and communication costs of the real thing. However, the fakers also save money on the quality of the jerseys. Many things can help you to detect that the jerseys are not the same.

Is the jersey finishing clean?
Yes, football shirts are expensive, I think we can all agree on that. For all that, the price is usually not without a certain quality. Specifically, the quality of the finish is a rather telling element of the care taken in the manufacture of the shirt. The most revealing element is the jersey’s seams. You don’t need to be a fashion enthusiast to be able to assess the quality of the seams: on a fake jersey, threads will be sticking out, there will be over threading, the seams will not be clean, the seams will be spaced out… In short: the general impression will be anything but clean.

You can also pay attention to the flocking, the sponsors, or the official logos which are generally stuck differently or even badly imitated.

Is the shirt’s crest perfect?
For a fan and a brand, the crest of a football club is sacred. It symbolizes the whole identity of the club, years of history, and performances, in short: you don’t mess with it. Needless to say, on a real shirt, the crest is always perfect. On the other hand, fake jerseys often display crests with very slight variations. If you are a real fan of the team, you will have no trouble spotting this element. If not, you can always check on the internet… And maybe don’t buy the jersey, if you don’t even know the club’s crest?

The texture of the fabric is often blatant
Whether you buy Nike, Adidas, or even Puma, these outfitters are usually at the forefront of sports textiles. They use well-designed blends to guarantee, among other things, optimal ventilation. If your jersey looks like a cotton T-shirt from H&M, there is a good chance that it is a fake. Besides, if you know the texture of an official jersey, the texture of a fake jersey should jump out at you. Or rather to your fingertips

Colour, an expensive and therefore badly copied element
A fashion fan will tell you: that the coloring pigments used on cheap clothing are always the same. For good reason, there are more complex colorings to obtain, quite specific and usually present on the shirts of football teams with a particular color on the shirt.

The labels: the last element that makes a difference
While they may not always be distinguishable from the official labels in their aesthetic appearance, the labels on fake football jerseys are bound to give the provenance of the jersey. Do you see what we’re getting at? Very often, this origin is not the same as on an official jersey, which will remove your last doubts if they remained.

The known shop helps
Do you want to avoid any unpleasant surprises during your jersey purchases? First of all, don’t forget that when it’s too good to be true in terms of price, it could be because the jersey is fake. Secondly, go to official retailers or well-known shops. For example, there is little chance of being cheated by buying from Nike. Big e-tailers like Amazon also offer the possibility to return your product, so you can be sure not to end up with a fake jersey on your hands!

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