The sacred Panini World Cup stickers come out this Thursday and here at TCD, sat and wondered what we could do over the course of the next few months, that’d be really fucking fun to do. We bring you ‘The Sticker Showdown’ (bloody inventive name, we know). Luke vs Robson. The first one to complete the book…wins (or whoever has the most teams completed by the final whistle in the final of the tournament). Simple.


10x packs a week

Swaps allowed (including with other people, must be noted)

Any more packs bought will lead to deductions of points from the final total

We will deliver weekly updates via the site, keeping score and typical updates in this kinda thing. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see more regular updates and live reactions to packs and swaps.

Join in the fun and show us the packets you open and how your collections are going over the course of the process. Use the hashtag above and tag us, either on Twitter or Instagram.



*not affiliated with Panini, despite how much we would love it* 




Last summer I went to Medellin for a week since I had just bought a new camera and absolutely loved Narcos.

The fact that my girlfriend cheated on me, allowing my mental health to reach its absolute abyss and me wanting to ”find myself” on a 2-month drug-laden trip in South America had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Medellin is called ”The City of Eternal Spring” and that slogan alone should make you want to pack your bags. You lot can have summer, I’m all for spring. And Medellin embodies spring. Spring is about anticipation. Excitement. Resurrection. Wearing your freshly bought spring trainers for the first time. It’s about showing off your new Adidas Gazelles to the cute barista (whose freckles are starting to show) at the local Starbucks. Getting rejected.

Not that you give two fucks. It’s spring. You’re immortal!

Medellin is struggling to fight off its reputation of being a dangerous city, but it’s certainly not struggling to show the opposite – if you actually go there. The city is located in a valley with steep hills and mountains surrounding the city centre, making it really hard for the poor population who live in the mountain barrios to access the city centre. This caused the city to invest in a ”Metrocable” (a shit load of gondolas connected to the metro system) that’s running up and down the hillsides for tourists to easily access the diverse and lush barrios, and most importantly, connecting all Medellin inhabitants.

Football is everywhere in the city. It’s painted on the walls and played in the streets. Its shouted from the bars. So obviously I had to attend a football game since the city hosts two major teams; Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellin. They both share this magnificent 41 000 seated stadium that just oozes South America. The round shaped stands, the cracked cement, scary ass policemen that possibly have been instructed to beat the shit out of you, stray dogs (I always wondered why dogs are such a common type of pitch invader in South America. Turns out the stadiums are their home), 1,50 dollar beers and ultras staring at you with olive-sized pupils and gurning jaws.

Independiente Medellin, the footballing underdog in comparison to the bigger brother Atlético, played against Deportivo Cali in the quarter-finals of the Colombian Primera A when I was in town. Right up my alley. I never knew what it is like to support a winning team anyway. Then I heard that Pablo Escobar was buried with an I.M. flag wrapped around his torso, and it was settled. This was my South American team!

I hopped on the surprisingly modern and clean metro (it makes the metro of my hometown Stockholm look like absolute shit) down to the Atanasio Girardot Stadium to enjoy some Colombian football madness. I purchased a bootleg match jersey, some pork arepas and a well chilled Aguila (fuck right off Carlsberg, Aguila is the best beer in the world) from a street salesman. He insisted on me buying the jersey since ”the fans will fucking kill you, amigo” if I didn’t wear the home team colours. I took his advice, kindly rejected the cocaine he insisted on me buying since, again, ”the fans will fucking kill you, amigo” and entered the stadium.













The game ended 3-1 to my beloved new team. Unfortunately, Cali had won 4-1 at their place for the first leg of the quarter-finals, so I.M. got knocked out. I still enjoyed the game though. I tricked a steward into thinking I was a photographer by saying ”Soy un fotografero” and waving my camera in his face and got full access to the absolute madhouse of a stadium it was.

Medellin. I miss you more than my ex. Stay you.


eBay is bloody brilliant and for fans of the game like us, delving into the wonders on the site gives us a shit tonne of excitement in our lives. Why? Because of the vast amount of random collectable stuff that no-one needs but everyone wants.

Hats. They’re a weird and wonderful fashion accessory. Some look cool on people. Some don’t; take Mario Balotelli’s mad glove hat thingy for example. If worn in the right way, with a decent outfit, hats can make or break a person’s look. However, we’re not here to give fashion tips to you guys but to showcase something boss from eBay.

A double episode (you lucky bastards) this week, bringing you two styles of hat allowing you to choose depending on what you prefer. Here we have two hats, both Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup specials but one is a bucket hat and one is a cap. Two fucking good hats with two different styles.

First, the bucket hat is a Coca-Cola merchandise piece in collaboration with the 2002 World Cup. A definite must if you enjoy rockin’ bucket hats or if you just like to collect shite like I do. A delightful red base with the two logos on and a big ‘2002’ down the side. Black rim. Wonderful.






Second, the cap. A tan number with a simple design. Logo spanked right in the centre on the front, showing people exactly what you love which is football. ‘World Cup’ on the back. Why wouldn’t you pay the international shipping? You’re very lucky living in the US with this one, free shipping?! Aye, please.





Buy em here: Cap. Bucket.


eBay is bloody brilliant and for fans of the game like us, delving into the wonders on the site gives us a shit tonne of excitement in our lives. Why? Because of the vast amount of random collectable stuff that no-one needs but everyone wants.

This edition of ‘The Collectables’ series brings us an all-time fan favourite, the Panini stickers. A magnificent sidedish of the major tournaments that get us a bit more involved with the action.

The World Cup in 2006 was a very interesting one. Miroslav Klose finished top scorer of the tournament (of course he bloody did) but this was the lowest total to win the Golden Boot since 1962 and no other player scored more than three goals. Despite the group stages seeing only five goalless draws, the goals dried up in the knockout rounds. Pretty shite, huh? Then you’ve got the whole England vs Portugal controversy and to be honest, I’m still a bit upset to talk about how they got Wayne Rooney sent off and then we went on to miss about a billion penalties to lose. Moving on…the tournament received the most yellow and red cards the World Cup has seen, breaking the record of the 1998 tournament and there was one significant card that became an iconic one; Zinedine Zidane in the final. Of course, you all remember that but we’re not here to delve into why the Frenchman decided to plant a nut into Marco Materazzi’s chest and what would have happened if he didn’t, we’re here to talk about something that matters: fucking Panini stickers.

I bring you a delightful addition to your collectable set, it is not a complete set of the Germany 2006 World Cup collection but a sealed box of 100 packets. Something I’d most definitely leave unopened and untouched if it was me purchasing this myself. The box pretty cool design, especially with one of my top World Cup balls being only slightly shown. A nice little collectable to put on your shelf or keep away until you have children or grandchildren and you can pull it out and show them what stickers are instead of the mobile app version they’ll be using. Sounding all “back in my day” and AMF here for fuck sake, apologies.

At a nice figure of £27.57, you can purchase this and lighten up your life a little bit. Pick up this collectable on eBay here.


eBay is bloody brilliant and for fans of the game like us, delving into the wonders on the site gives us a shit tonne of excitement in our lives. Why? Because of the vast amount of random collectable stuff that no-one needs but everyone wants.

Welcome to Episode I of ‘The Collectables’; a series that saves you trawling through eBay for that week to find something to add to your random shite of football memorabilia and collectables. Fuck the shirts for this series, this is about the Subbuteo, the Corinthian ProStars, the World Cup-themed Coca-Cola/Budweiser bottles, the tournament caps, the Panini stickers and everything else that we love for no other reason than because it’s cool as fuck and football related.

In this first edition of this series, I bring you something I cannot bloody afford but something I would love to own. Coca-Cola is a brand I heavily relate to the World Cup,  especially when every tournament their adverts are plastered everywhere around the world. They’re a pretty cool brand when it comes to the world’s biggest spectacle due to their merchandise offering some incredible collectable items that you should all consider having in your life. Below is this collection of limited edition bottles, each assigned to a different country from the 2006 World Cup in Germany. France, Australia, Angola, Brazil and Japan have all been paid tribute to with these collector’s items.

Each bottle is labelled with ‘We Speak Football’ in the countries language. One world, one game.

Add this to your life now before I somehow do.


The new release from Korean brand Nivelcrack has blessed us this festive season and it is available right now. A wonderful scarf has been revealed from Nivelcrack and we strongly advise grabbing yourself one before they sell out.

Inspired by the beautiful 1995 Ilhwa Chunma home kit, a Korean based club founded in 1989 who went on to win consecutive league titles between 1993 to 1995 with an Asian Club Championship win in 1995. Club legend and current head coach of Team Korea, Taeyong Shin, won MVP during the tournament. They changed to Seongnam FC in 2013 when Seongnam City took over the club.

The scarf is made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool and is 100% worth buying.

You can cop now from Nivelcrack’s website or RaysBeachClub.



It’s nearly the 10th of the month meaning a new release from the guys at TensClub. This month features a turtleneck celebrating the emperor of German football, Franz Beckenbauer.

The wonderful turtleneck has been produced in top quality, heavyweight materials and is adorned with a classic chain-stitch embroidery.

Each shirt is made to order and is embroidered individually in partnership with Knickerbocker Mfg Co.

This release provides a beautiful aesthetic either under a kit or a coat. A sublime addition to the lifestyle scene.

The turtleneck will be released on the 10th December via TensClub’s website.



A short documentary series, produced by the wonderful COPA90 and Eli Mengem, focuses on the side of the international break that not many people look at. This time, they’ve hit Japan showcasing what the nation has to offer in terms of the game. A beautifully crafted video and a sensational story told this video is a must-see.


The new InBedWithMaradona assignment is out and this time we were focusing on Buenos Aires. With my addiction to football kits, especially classic ones, I decided my piece would focus on the beautiful classic kits of Argentine giants, Boca and River.

The artwork below is something I created for personal use.

The new piece on IBWM is available to view here. 

[ Fashion x Football ] : Live Breathe Futbol release new collection

Our friends over at LBF have just released some new gear which does not fail to impress. Like always, LBF are keeping us fresh on and off the pitch.


The collection features the tagline “Relegate Winter” due to the release of four new beanie hats, long sleeve t-shirts, a crewneck jumper and a fantastic hooded sweatshirt.

The collection starts with these two long sleeve pocketed t-shirts with one being a beautiful crunchberry colour and the other in union blue.



Then came the crewneck jumper which has the excellent logo design on the front and comes in a lovely blue colour. An tribute to the companies roots as “PHILA” (as in Philadelphia) is printed below the main design.


The brand have released four beautiful hats, two being bobble hats and the other two simple beanies. Two simplistic colour ways on the simple beanies, one maroon and one black where the other two see a more wild approach. The two wilder ones being striped red, black and white and the other green, dark green and white.

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Our favourite piece from the collection is the hooded sweatshirt. The brands name, ‘Live Breathe Futbol’, printed down each arm with the logo on the front creates a sublime piece, one definitely worth copping.

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You can shop the new collection here. Do it, join the #LBFSquad and live the futbol lifestyle.

Stay woke on this brand, this collection isn’t the only thing. Bigger things coming.