As you may be aware, 2018 is a World Cup year and we are hoping to celebrate them with a lot of associated content, especially during the tournament itself.
There are a few other ideas on the burner too and we’ll start with a look at the celebrated ‘Danish Dynamite’ team of 1986 (if you haven’t already, the book of the same name by Rob Smyth, Lars Eriksen and Mike Gibbons is well worth a read).
The book details the development of the iconic half-and-half kit Hummel developed for Denmark, including how the initial hope was to have the same style on the shorts. They can be seen in this news item about the kit launch:
While FIFA had no problem with the distinctive shirts, they stopped short of allowing the shorts and so, as was traditional, Denmark went with white on the home kit and red on the away. In their four games in Mexico though, each set of shorts was worn with the ‘opposite’ shirt, meaning a different combination in each outing.
They began with a 1-0 win over Scotland, wearing the change kit:
Then they blitzed Uruguay 6-1, wearing the red shorts with the home shirt:
They rounded off an excellent group stage with a 2-0 victory over Germany, wearing the ‘proper’ home kit.
A real buzz had begun to develop about Denmark and they were being talked of as potential winners, but the campaign ground to a halt as they lost 5-1 to Spain, this time wearing the home shorts with the away shirts.