Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vintage Fifa World Cup Jersey Part 1

The World Cup doesn’t just give fans a feast of international football, over the years it has also provided an opportunity to check out foreign kits. Thanks to the World Cup we have become familiar with some truly iconic designs; the orange of Holland, the pale blue and white striped Argentinian shirt (although 1986’s infamous ‘hand of God’ goal was scored by Maradona whilst wearing the country’s change strip of royal blue) and of course the famous yellow, green and white of Brazil.Also, back in the 1970s and early 1980s when the majority of kits in the UK were produced by homegrown suppliers such as Umbro, Admiral and Bukta we were introduced, via the World Cup, to kits made by the likes of continental brands such as Puma and adidas with their silky fabrics, strange flag-based colour combinations and skimpy shorts which since 1974 also featured numbers.The 1966 World Cup kits were dominated by Umbro with all but one team wearing strips by the famous Manchester-based sportswear firm. But with manufacturers’ logos not present on shirts in those days this fact was lost on the casual observer. By 1974 logos began to creep onto players’ jerseys, but still in a random, haphazard way, often appearing only on the shorts.The Argentina 1978 tournament was the first World Cup to feel the full force of football branding. It was alive with logos, adidas’ omnipresent three-stripe trim and, thanks to Scotland, Umbro’s diamond taping.Smaller squad numbers were added to the front of player jerseys in 1994’s USA World Cup along with players’ surnames on the back. 2002 saw further graphics added to jerseys in the form of tournament sleeve patches.Due to the fact the tournaments are beamed around the world on TVs of all shapes, sizes and vintages, for many years FIFA insisted that each match feature a “dark” shirt and a “light” shirt, for the benefit of those people who may be watching on black and white TVs. This rule seems to have been relaxed in recent years though.Today the football kit world is a global market and with kits by foreign manufacturers now commonplace the strips worn in FIFA’s four-yearly football extravaganza, now dominated by Puma, Nike and adidas, don’t appear quite so exotic. Still, there’s plenty to keep the kit fan hooked as the majority of apparel designers use the World Cup to showcase the forthcoming season’s designs.

Vintage Fifa World Cup Spain 1982

1977-1982 Northern Ireland Home

Design - Adidas

Players - Martin O'Neill, Sammy Nelson

Extremely rare Northern Ireland long sleeve jersey, worn in the 1982 World Cup in Spain

1980-1983 England Home

Design - Admiral

Players - Trevor Brooking, Kevin Keegan, Phil Neal

Extremely rare vintage England jersey recently voted by the fans as the best England jersey ever! worn in three games in the World cup in Spain: 2-0 win over Czechoslovakia, 1-0 win over Kuwait and a 0-0 draw with Spain in the second stage. Worn in the 1982 World Cup in Spain

Vintage Fifa World Cup Spain 1982

1984-1987 England Away

Design - Umbro

Players - Bryan Robson, Gary Lineker, Viv Anderson

Very vintage looking jersey, worn in the qualifiers for the World Cup in 1986

1984-1987 England Home

Design - Umbro

Players - Bryan Robson, Mark Hateley, Lineker, Anderson, Wright

Worn in one of the most famous matches of all time, the quarter final in the 1986 World Cup against Argentina! rememred for two goals scored by Maradona, one being the 'Hand of God' goal

1985-1988 Brasil Home

Design - Topper

Players - Josimar, Edson, Careca, Elzo, Zico, Socrates

Very rare vintage home jersey as worn in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Brazil went out in the Quarter-finals losing 4-3 on penalties against France

1986-1987 Brasil Home

Design - Topper

Number 10 to reverse in felt which was Zico's number in the 1986 World Cup

Players - Careca, Edinho, Falcao, Junior, Edivaldo

Very rare vintage Brazil jersey as worn in the 1986 World Cup Finals, brazil reached the Quarter-Finals, losing to France 4-3 on penalties.

1986-1987 Uruguay Home

Design - Le Coq Sportif Worn By - Batista, Satin, Barrios

1086-1988 Belgium Home

Design - Adidas

Renquin, Clijsters, Veyt, Vandenbergh, Clasen, Scifo

Very rare vintage home jersey as worn in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, when Belgium finished a respectful fourth, beating Spain 5-4 on penalties in the Quarter-Finals, but lost out to Argentina 2-0 in the Semi's.

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