What if you could be a lawn mower for your home team? In this way, you can step into the stadium you yearn for every day; or as a jersey manager, you can not only prepare the jerseys for the idol yourself, but also get close contact with the player coaches. It makes people feel happy to think about it.
However, is a profession like a jersey manager really as comfortable and comfortable as our fans imagine? The answer is of course no. It is true that it is possible to have close contact with player coaches, but in the increasingly sophisticated and rigorous modern professional football operation system, jersey administrators need to go beyond pure hobbies and provide complete logistics services for the team with professionalism and professionalism .
From this perspective, the career of jersey manager seems trivial, but the critical moment is extremely important.
What does the jersey administrator do? Is it really just like preparing the jerseys for the players before the game? Obviously not, as a team equipment administrator, the daily work is very cumbersome.
Before the start of the game, they should count the players' warm-up and the equipment they need during the game, including jerseys, socks, shin guards, captain's armbands and team flags, etc. There should be no errors in any details.
At the same time, the jerseys must be matched according to the preferences and sizes of each player. For example, Ronaldo prefers long-sleeved jerseys, Ibrahimovic is 9 size (XL) and so on. After the game, the jersey administrators will be more busy. They need to count, sort, and clean the used jerseys in time for the next use.
Foreign giants clubs often have multiple full-time jersey administrators, but in China, this responsibility is mainly undertaken by the team. In contrast, the work undertaken by the team is more "complex".
Not only do they need to prepare players for the jerseys and equipment needed for game training, but they are also responsible for many daily tasks, such as making forms, managing equipment, and taking care of the team’s clothing, food, housing and transportation. From this perspective, their job is similar to our common office. Staff.
The work done by the team may seem inconspicuous, but the critical moment is extremely important. Once there is a mistake, it will not only damage the brand image of the team, but even the entire league will be criticized for not being professional enough. The jersey incident that happened to Evergrande two years ago was exactly the same.
At 19:30 on May 8, 2018, a focus match in the first leg of the AFC 1/8 final was held at the Tianjin Olympic Sports Center Stadium. At the time, Tianjin Quanjian played against Guangzhou Evergrande at home. In the end, the two sides shook hands 0-0 and made a peace. .
There was a dramatic scene in the 10th minute of the match: Zhang Linpeng was asked to change his jersey because of blood stains. A few minutes later, Zhang Linpeng made his debut wearing a jersey made from Zhang Wenzhao's jersey + tape DIY.
The team's failure to prepare Zhang Linpeng's new jersey in time was obviously dereliction of duty and caused great damage to the brand image of Evergrande.
On May 9th, the club issued a severe punishment for the incident. General manager Gao Han and team clerk Chen Guanning and others were notified of criticism and reduced their three-tier salary.
Although the job of the player administrator is complicated and trivial, it is a profession that many fans look forward to because they can get close to the team, understand the daily life and habits of the players, and get together with the team.
In this season's English Football League Cup final, Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 to win the championship. After the game, the jersey manager Brandon wore briefs in the locker room to celebrate with the players. The atmosphere was really hilarious.
As the first person in charge of player equipment, jersey administrators are often familiar with the reasons why each player wears a certain number. In an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Liverpool’s jersey manager Lee Radcliffe explained why Arnold kept wearing the No. 66 jersey.
In Liverpool, when the young players of the Youth Academy are promoted to the first team, the jersey administrators often deliberately assign them a larger number of jerseys, with the intention of not letting them think that they can easily succeed because of the small numbers.
If the first team can gain a firm foothold and become the main player afterwards, the jersey number can naturally continue to decline.
Arnold's No. 66 is a "passive choice", but he has been wearing this jersey, and with his outstanding performance has become the main force of the Red Army, and with the team to the top of Europe.
Lee Radcliffe said in the interview: "We are used to finalizing his training equipment and jersey, just in case we get a call saying,'Arnold wants to change to a smaller jersey.'"
And Arnold obviously likes his number very much. He has never asked for a replacement, and "66" has become more and more personal. With the passage of time and the increase in the number of games, the Arnold mark of this number will become more and more profound.
Similarly, as a "loyal minister" who has served the team all the year round, the jersey administrator is often a firm defender of the team's tradition.
Arsenal has a tradition in the past, that is, the length of the sleeves of the players on the court must be the same as the captain. In a 2013 Arsenal away game against Manchester United, the Gunners captain Vermaelen played in a long-sleeved jersey, but some players cut off the sleeves of the jersey before playing. This makes Vic Akers, the jersey manager who has worked for the Gunners for many years, very angry. He sent someone to see whose jersey was not long sleeved, and later learned that it was Flamini.
After the game, Akers found Flamini and said to him: "You did not follow the club tradition." Flamini said: "I don't have to follow."
Akers continued: "You have to comply. This is Arsenal Football Club. We are a team. You can't do something different in your personal capacity. That's not Arsenal's way of working."
Later, everything was resolved smoothly, and Flamini was called out to talk by the coach afterwards.
When it comes to Vic Acres, who sticks to tradition, he can be called the greatest jersey administrator in the history of the Gunners.
The old man has been playing for the Arsenal since 1986. He coached the Arsenal women's football team and helped the team repeatedly win the championship. After bidding farewell to his coaching career, he started as a jersey administrator.
In 1992, the Arsenal women's football team won the League Cup under the leadership of Akers and thus opened a dynasty era. The team won the championship trophy 13 times throughout the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2010, the Arsenal women's football team won 9 league titles, as well as 5 FA Cups and 5 League Cups.
Surprisingly, Akers also extended the dominance of Arsenal's women's football in the domestic arena to the whole of Europe. In the 2006-07 season, Akers led the team to achieve an unprecedented four crowns, winning the league, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the women's Champions League four championship trophies.
Since then, due to the deteriorating health of his mother, Akers left the team's head coach position after leading the Arsenal women's football team to a double crown in 2009.
After that, Akers and his son continued to work for Arsenal as the team jersey administrator.
The trust established with the players and his dedication to work give Akers a high status in the team. According to Akers himself, Bergkamp was the closest to him.
"In the past we would often drive out to play. The other players fly by plane, but we will drive, and I will sit in his car. We will always go golf together, and Ray Pallor will also come together."
In the summer of 2018, Akers and Professor Wenger announced their departure from the arsenal. Serving for the Gunners for more than 30 years, Akers' loyalty and perseverance, perseverance and dedication, and indelible achievements have won him extremely high respect in the team and become a highlight in the history of Arsenal.
Similar to Acres, Albert Morgan is also a well-respected jersey administrator who has persisted for many years, and the team he plays for is Arsenal's old enemy-Manchester United, the Red Devils.
In the twenty years from 1993 to 2013, in countless photos of the Red Devils reaching the top of the championship, we can find the person next to Ferguson, who is known as "Alby" jersey administrator Morgan.
In past Manchester United games, when Morgan followed Ferguson across the sidelines of Old Trafford, fans in the stands would even sing his exclusive song-shouting "Kiman, Kidman, give We waved" or "da na na na na na na na, da na na na na na na na, KITMAN!"
For many Manchester United players, especially young players, he is like another father (the other father is Ferguson), and Morgan has also filmed commercials with Ronaldo.
Only one year after Ferguson retired in 2013, Morgan also announced his retirement. He and Sir Alex Ferguson had a deep relationship for 20 years and established an inseparable brotherhood. Afterwards, Manchester United invited him to be the club ambassador.
The reason why Akers and Morgan can be deeply admired and become legends of their respective teams is precisely because they have found the love of their lives and stick to them with dedication and professionalism. The spirit they show as jersey administrators is worth learning and practicing in their respective fields.