It has come to my attention that sellers on eBay have actually started listing their fake football shirts on eBay as 'authentic' or 'official'!!! When the sellers blindly lie to our faces like this, it makes it very hard to get a real shirt off ebay at a bargain price.
WORLD CUP 2006 SHIRTS - WHAT TO LOOK/ASK FOR >>>
ALL PUMA KITS (ITALY- IVORY COAST - CZECH REP - POLAND ETC)
All the 2006 Puma shirts for the World Cup have a small white tag with a holographic strip running through it. This small white tag should have 'Puma' written on it. It is about the size of a 1st class postage stamp and should be located near a bigger 'Washing Instructions/general info' tag on the inside of the shirt near the waist.
ALL NIKE KITS (BRAZIL - NETHERLANDS - PORTUGAL - MEXICO ETC)
All the Nike 2006 World cup shirts also have a small tag on the inside of the shirt near the waist. The tag is usually black with a red Nike tick (on the Brasil and Holland shirts at least...). It is about an inch long and half an inch wide. It is located near another larger tag on the inside of the shirt.
ALL ADIDAS KITS (GERMANY - SPAIN - ARGENTINA - T&T)
All the Adidas 2006 World Cup shirts also have a small tag on the inside of the shirt near the waist. Coupled with a larger material/information tag. The small white tag on the Germany shirt does NOT have an adidas logo on it. Instead, it has a strange blocky pattern on it. It is also about the size of a 1s class stamp.
The Adidas, Puma and NIke shirts are the most heavily immitated shirts on ebay. There are loads of fakes on ebay so the key to getting an authentic shirt at the moment is by seeing the inside of the shirt and looking for the small tags. Ask the seller to send you a picture of the inside of the shirt. Ask them if the small tags are present inside the shirt. Or ask the seller to send you a picture of the shirt inside-out.
Sellers can claim that their shirts are 100% official, 100% authentic and 100% real on their listing. But they have no obligation to tell you the truth. You really MUST do a little investigating if you dont want to get ripped off. It is a real shame for the few GENUINE sellers on eBay who have NEVER sold fakes in their lives. These sellers are suffering because of the many liars and con artists that exist on eBay.
I recently paid over £100 for five World Cup shirts that were ALL listed as being 'Official' shirts. ALL FIVE WERE FAKE!!! I got a refund, make sure you dont have to go through the same problems.