Condition of shirt - Excellent
Size - Medium
Condition details - Pristine material look and feel, printing is great
Made by - Nike
Player - Tricky winger and set piece specialist Simão Sabrosa #7
Player issue features - Correct player size print professionally heat pressed, fully dual layered with inner lining, different size label compared to replica version, more ventilated mesh panels, no black Nike label on inside, long sleeved version not commercially available, swapped with a Finland player and comes from their own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided
Notes - Extremely rare player shirt believed to have been worn by Simão in a friendly match against Finland played at Estádio do Bessa, Porto on 27th March 2002. This was the first time the sides had met since 1991, which finished 1-0 to Portugal. It was not a close fought game this time, with Finland inflicting a surprise 4-1 thrashing of the home team. Kolka put the Fins in front inside 10 minutes, then Forssell added a second just before the half hour mark,. Conceição pulled one back for Portugal in the 40th minute, until Finnish legend Jari Litmanen replied a minute later making it 3-1 going into half time. The Finish captain added his second just after half time wrapping up the game in assertive fashion. Simão was hooked after just 28 minutes, with the side already trailing 2-0 and struggling to cope with the Finnish pressure, as coach António Oliveira looked to inject some urgency into his side. The skilful winger first made his debut in 1998, after coming through the ranks with the youth national teams, going on to earn 85 caps over a 12 year spell, scoring 22 times. He played for both Sporting and Benfica, whilst also having spells in Spain, Turkey and India.