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Seychelles’ football history can be summed up in a single word: uneventful.
Having never taken part in any AFCON, let alone World Cup, their biggest success has to be their win of the 2011 Indian Ocean Island Games, where they bested football behemoths like Mayotte, Réunion, Mauritius or Maldives. Right now, Seychelles rank 202th in the FIFA rankings, leaving just eight teams behind them.
Up to 2019, Seychelles’ football shirts have been just as uneventful as their football history:
Plain boring template jerseys with a transferred federation badge.
This Puma model is no exception, yet, there are a few facts that make this shirt much more interesting.
When I accidentally stumbled over this shirt on eBay, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. A 90’s Puma template with a tiny stitched “Seychelles” lettering on the chest isn’t particularly exciting. Nevertheless, I decided to do a bit of research and – lo and behold – I was indeed able to find microscopic squad picture of Seychelles wearing the design. With a little bit of squinting, you can also make out a miniscule red smudge on their chests that appears to be said “Seychelles” lettering. The picture was supposedly taken in 2000, but I haven’t been able to figure out if this is true, let alone in which game the shirt was worn.
It’s also beyond me, how such an old shirt of this tiny island country found its way to a random eBay seller, but I’m more than happy to add this oddity to my collection for cheap!