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June 15, 2010

Giant shirt on display at CTICC during World Cup


The is one of the many shirts that make up Heidenstrøm’s creation. Photo courtesy Bjørn Heidenstrøm

Retired footballer Bjørn Heidenstrøm has created the world’s largest football shirt, which will be displayed at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from June 14.

In June 2009, Heidenstrøm set off from his native Norway on a bicycle bound for Cape Town. On his way, he collected over 100 football shirts, which were sewn together to create the giant shirt. Some shirts were collected en route to the Mother City, others were sent from Asia and the Americas.

Heidenstrøm left Oslo on June 20, 2009, World Refugee Day, and hopes through his efforts to raise awareness around the plight of refugees.

“The shirt is a symbol that is sewn together of club-signed jerseys”, Heidenstrøm explains. “It symbolises the football family standing together.”

The shirt is currently on display at the CTICC, the location of the Cool Britannia Festival during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Fans that stop by the Convention Centre will have the opportunity to view Heidenstrøm’s creation, as well as performances by top musical acts and live screenings of World Cup matches.

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