ST. LUCIA

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Matchworn by Alvin Xavier in various matches

Manufacturer: Mal Skills

Source: Alvin Xavier

The St. Lucian team in 2008

THE COUNTRY

Feminists watch out! St. Lucia is the only country in the world that’s named after a woman!

But this is certainly not the only merit of this Caribbean island paradise:

perfect weather, beautiful beaches, rum and the world’s only drive-in Volcano make up just the right ingredients to show your friends and neighbors, who are forced to spend their winter under the terrible European weather conditions, how miserable their life really is!

For that reason, St. Lucia is not only very high on my personal travel bucket list, but also ranks among the top honeymoon destination in the world.

The bright and vivid Caribbean lifestyle is also reflected in the colors of St. Lucian’s flag which is – just ask my ten-year-old-geography-nerd-self – the greatest flag in the world. Period! The flag depicts St. Lucia’s most famous landmark: the two Pitons - twin volcanic cones that give the island its iconic look.

As opposed to enumerating St. Lucia’s natural wonders, the list of their footballing impact is rather short: a third place in the 1991 Caribbean Cup can be marked as the pinnacle of their success. Currently ranked 176thplace in the FIFA ranking, St. Lucia outranks eleven of their Caribbean brothers and even much larger countries like Puerto Rico and Cuba. An appearance at a World Cup, however, is not in sight in the near future, unfortunately.

THE SHIRT

This beautiful piece of polyester comes as a gift from former national player Alvin Xavier, who made more than a hundred appearances for the national team in total!

Big thanks to you, Alvin! I’m super happy to add this matchworn shirt to my humble collection!

Unlike other islands paradises (e.g. Mauritius), St. Lucia’s football association went all-in when it came to choose an appropriate football shirt representing their country! The bright blue and yellow design certainly make it difficult to hide on the football pitch!

The manufacturer, however, was obviously not convinced of the capabilities of the team! Why else would he name his brand “Mal Skills”….

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