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JASON KOUMAS

Home (2002-04) versus Russia Euro Championship Play Off 2nd Leg 2003

This is Jason Koumas's spare long sleeve shirt from the 2nd leg of the Euro 2004 Championships Qualifier Play Off against Russia in Millennium Stadium Cardiff on 19th November 2003. After the encouraging goal less draw away in the Russian capital, Welsh hopes of qualification for a major championship were dashed once again when they suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat, and subsequently going out by the same aggregate score at the Play Off Stage in Qualification for the Portugal Finals.

The unworn shirt, one of only two Koumas had for this game, -he wore short sleeves in the game- is unique because it carries the match detail gold embroidery, in Welsh, CYMRU V RWSIA GEM AIL-GYFLEEWRO 2004, STADIWM Y MILENIWM CAERDYDD, 19 TACHWEDD 2003, to the shirts right breast. It was only the third time since 1974 that Welsh shirts carried match details -see John Robinson's v Armenia 2001 for an example of the first one and Daniel Gabbidon's v Russia from the first leg for the second time- and made these shirts extremely rare, they were only ever made for players and never available commercially.