The Magic Carpet of Eastern Russia

(Posted on 11/12/18)

You know that feeling, the one when you’re deep in the heart of your homeland in Russia and team has lost a game at home so there’s only one logical thing to do…

You steal your traditional Russian rug from the depths of your snow covered abode and drag it to the local football ground and wave it around like a man possessed, proclaiming that your magic touch ensured an emphatic 4-0 victory for your beloved FC Rostov, we’ve all been there.

Ok, maybe not all of us. However, one Rostov fan did this back in August as Rostov faced newly promoted Yenisey Krasnoyarsk at Rostov Arena. Having won three from their opening four games that season, they fell to a home defeat prompting the supporter to take drastic action.

The fan had apparently no room in his home for the carpet – sources don’t confirm whether he’d tried the floor – and opted to put it to use in the Russian Premier League. After displaying it at the fixture his side ran out 4-0 winners and in an age of social media the supporter and his rug quickly entered cataclysmic levels across Russia and the rest of the world.

It was so widely believed in Rostov that the away side Yenisey even accused their opponents of some sort of carpet based wizardry! Whether it was the dark arts of fabric voodoo or not it was Yenisey who were the victims of the burn and Rostov took advantage of a great opportunity.

It’s not everyday a magic carpet comes along, and Muzhiki grabbed it with both hands by quickly releasing what could be the best shirt released this season. Their special edition fourth shirt with the template based on the carpet with large blue collar and badge is simple yet genius.

Upon released it quickly sold out with fans across the world seeing if the luck will rub off on them from Rostov’s very own designed strip. Demand has been incredibly high with the likes of the BBC, Sky Sports and the Daily Mail reporting on the bizarre happenings in Eastern Russia.

Vintagefootballshirts.com have managed to get our hands on these incredible shirts where the shirt itself is only a small part of the story. This isn’t just a niche item but proves just what sort of an impact the fans have on the beautiful game.

You can get your very own Rostov fourth strip from us right here, however we can’t guarantee luck – be it a lottery win, finding a tenner in your jeans or Karen from the office saying yes to that drink…

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