Wim Rijsbergen, New York Cosmos Football Shirt, 1980
My first featured football shirt is this 1980 New York Cosmos beauty that was worn by former Dutch international footballer Wim Rijsbergen. One of the best designed shirts in my collection, and why not, Ralph Lauren had a hand in it with each kit reputably costing 300 dollars to produce.
There is a lot of interest in the New York Cosmos in the last while. The original team folded with the demise of the NASL in the mid 1980s but Eric Cantona has gotten involved and they hope to enter the MLS in the near future. For those who want to find out more about this iconic team, I recommend the fantastic book and movie ‘Once In A Lifetime‘.
This football shirt is from the NASL era when they were more akin to a rock group then a football team. Huge crowds would witness Pele, Beckenbaur, Carlos Alberto and many world stars strut their stuff. Wim Rijsbergen was one of the supporting players but a Dutch international with 28 caps, who played with the likes of Cryuff and Neeskens.
For more on Wim’s time in the NASL, check out his page here on the fantastic nasljersies website, which has more stats then you can shake a stick at.
New York Cosmos, 1980 image courtesy www.nasljerseys.com