Arsenal face Bayern Munich on Tuesday and the Germans’ goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, will be bringing something unusual with him.
The Germany international is going to turn up with an interesting piece of kit – a four-fingered glove.
Arsenal’s travails against Blackburn in the FA Cup on Saturday won’t have helped confidence of overturning an in-form Bayern side in their Champions League last 16 clash.
It would have been a daunting task even if had they beaten Blackburn as the Bundesliga leaders are currently sitting 18 points clear of Borussia Dortmund and have yet to concede in 2013.
Neuer’s right-hand glove will see the slots for the index finger and middle finger merged into one, making one large slot.
The glove is supposedly made to allow him to strap two fingers together when he has injured them and he wore them in the 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Friday night after suffering bruising in training.
Neuer is not the only player to have sported an unusual piece of kit and his finger merger got GiveMeFootball reminiscing about other odd football kits and accessories…
The Cameroonians are no strangers to being the guinea pigs for Puma kits innovations and the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations edition certainly garnered some attention.
Samuel Eto’o and his teammates were given a green and red one piece kit to wear that FIFA President Sepp Blatter was not best please about.
It was not the first time Cameroon had contravened FIFA rules in a major tournament; the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali saw them sport a sleeveless top that they had to change for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea later that year.
“King of Bling” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Saint-Etienne striker gained the nickname after he sported an extravagant pair of boots in the warm up to a Ligue 1 clash earlier this season.
The boots are worth £2500 and it took over 50 hours to encrust them in 4000 tiny crystals from Swarovski. Aubemayang was only warming up in them though, even with the wages footballers are earning that could be an extravagance too far.
Edgar Davids and his goggles
The Dutchman was already something of a cult hero for his pan-European career and tenacious style of play. His status then seemed to be enhanced because of his suffering form Glaucoma.
Ok, not necessarily the disease but the goggles he was forced to wear after his condition became more sensitive to dust and dirt. One thing was funny about Davids’ choice of eyewear; it seemed that the condition became more prevalent among amateur players.
What other odd football accessories and kits do you remember? Leave a comment below to let us know…