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This dad loves Bayern Munich so much... he made his son a homemade jersey

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Robert Lewandowski has a big fan in little boots over here in the US.

Robert Lewandowski.
Photo John Dillon

This dad... is me. My son is attending his first soccer camp. He’s a smart kid, trying to figure out this crazy game of footwork and space.

Our camp caught me by surprise when they announced a super fan day, when all the kids were encouraged to come dressed in the kit of their favorite team - homemade or otherwise. Now, I love Bayern Munich, but I don’t own a lot of gear, and I certainly hadn’t bought an expensive kit for my son to wear a year before growing out of it.

What’s a dad to do? If I didn’t have a Lewandowski jersey, I decided I would make one!

I hit a department store for a red shirt and Michael’s for supplies. I tapped skills I didn’t know I had, and after a few hours of work I had produced this:

My homemade Lewandowski jersey, front and back.
Photo John Dillon

I was worried most about the Bayern München logo, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I cut out a circle using my coffee cup as a guide and colored it with markers. I realized the blue and white crest is essentially seven vertical lines crossed by six slanted lines. When you color the diamonds blue, it creates the famous pattern from the Bavarian flag.

My homemade Bayern logo.
Photo John Dillon

The result of all this work? One very happy Lewandowski fan. There were a lot of kids in really nice kits (and an encouraging sign: a majority in team USA, both men’s and women’s). Some were homemade, some store-bought. But there was only one Bayern jersey!

Mia san mia!