Shirt fronted by the shirt activist , StoppinHo,
Hellas Verona home shirt 2004/2005
This weeks shirt review dates back to the late 80’s and back in Miss Giovanni’s Italian class. The year was 1987, more than just famous for the whitesnake album of the same title. During this year ( yes pre Internet times when there existed the Black Plague), we got the opportunity to write to pen friends overseas. Mine was an Italian girl from Verona, and we still are in contact to this day! And here starts my affiliation with the team called Hellas Verona FC. Fast fwd to 2004 and on my second trip to Verona, I demanded we hit the club shop for a stock up.
When I saw the shirt, I knew I just had to have it. It’s a ripping shirt. A great example of a small kit manufacturer doing their best to impress.
Let’s start with the downside. It’s a figure hugging effort, obviously this is smack bang in the kappa period of dominance. So it’s a difficult one to wear, unless I train really hard! The shirt manufacturer is legea.
The blue on the shirt is the make up of the Greek heritage of the club. The club was founded by Greeks in Verona. On the front is the sponsor Clermen an architectural firm. The sponsor is sewn into the shirt, what detail as nowadays it is all printed!
To the right of the sponsor is the crest of Verona. On the collar is the ladder which is synonymous with the heritage of Verona and is a symbol of the city.
On the sleeves is the legea logo embroiled so the shirt colour blue makes up the symbol. The club badge is placed on the left sleeve and on the cuffs is the yellow Hellas cross. On the back collar is stitched Hellas Verona fc.
In all my collection, I don’t have a shirt that embraces not just the heritage of the club, but of the city which it represents.
Hellas Verona finished in the lower table that 2094/05 season but it was to experience heartache when relegated a few years later via a playoff game. Funnily their pain was triple felt when rivals Chievo Verona were promoted that next season. This was the beginning of a few years of pain as the club plummeted into the dangerous and unforgiving calico serie c regional divisions before finishing second to sassullo in 2012/13 serie b and earning their promotion back into serie A where they rightly belong as a former scuddeteo champion in 1984/85. The only season where the referees were randomly chosen for each game. Strange that.