Condition of shirt - Excellent
Size - XL
Condition details - Bright colours, badges are stitched, the odd tiny light mark, nice material feel, print is great
Made by - Adidas
Player - Tough tackling towering defender Toni Kuivasto #3
Player issue features - Correct player size print professionally heat pressed, no Adidas patch on lower front, luminous Equipment tab on lower left side, swapped with a Belgium player and comes from their own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided
Notes - Very rare player shirt believed to have been worn by Kuivasto during a friendly match against Belgium played at the Olympiastadion in Helsinski on 15th August 2001. The game got off to a dream start for the Eagle Owls with Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell opening the scoring in the second minute with a superb volley which thundered past Geert De Vlieger and straight into the top corner. Joonas Kolkka doubled the host's lead just over 10 minutes later and Jari Litmanen added a third from the spot on the half hour mark. The visitors pulled one back through a nice Bart Goor finish but Finland regained their 3 goal cushion late on in the second half thanks to Hannu Tihinen's scrappy goal. Kuivasto played the full match as he so often did for the national side, he earned 75 caps for his country between 1997-2009. The former HJK Helsinki man was playing his club football in Norway with Viking FK at this time and he later enjoyed a lengthy spell with Djurgårdens in Sweden before returning to Finland with Haka.