The history of football shirts and tracksuits

Football jerseys have a long history and this list is not complete without mentioning some of the most famous. The shirts worn by the winners of major competitions have become iconic and are collected by many fans. One such example is the shirt worn by Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup. The Argentine legend scored four goals in that tournament and won the Golden Ball for the best player. As a result, his shirts also became iconic.

The player’s number is usually printed on the back of the shirt, although a few professional clubs have a digital version of the shirt with the player’s name on the front. Some teams also have the player’s name on the shirt, although this is not mandatory. Similarly, knee-length shorts are increasingly popular with shorter than average players. Overall, the team jersey is designed to be comfortable to wear all day and over multiple matches.

In 1892, England’s defeat in Hungary did not cause the English FA to rethink their tactics, but Umbro produced a new aerodynamic kit with a v-neck, short sleeves and lightweight cotton shorts (more here). While it may seem counterintuitive today, many European teams adopted this new style before the war. However, this new look quickly caught on in the clubs. By the end of the season, almost every team in England and Scotland had switched to a new look.

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