8 thoughts on “1970 World Cup kit-tracker – Group 3

  1. Interestingly, in the Brazil v Romania match, the starting Romanian goalkeeper Stere Adamache got injured midway through the first half and was unable to continue. His replacement, Necula Răducanu, wore an identical black jersey, but paired it with (plain) blue shorts and red socks from the outfield players’ home kit.

    Also, as for Gordon Banks wearing a short sleeved jersey to alleviate the kit clash with the Romanian team, you have to go back 20 years for possibly the first (two) goalkeepers to wear short sleeves. It happened in the group that England were drawn in, in the 1950 World Cup.

    Chilean custodian Sergio Livingstone wore what appeared to be an un-numbered white away jersey against Spain in a group match in the 1950 World Cup, possibly to avoid a kit clash with the opponents’ blue shirts. When Chile faced England, Livingstone wore a darker long sleeved typical goalie’s jersey, which on the basis of having to wear an outfield jersey against Spain would suggest his usual jersey was blue in colour. In the same group Frank Borghi of the USA wore a jersey that appeared to have the sleeves cut off.

    I’m sure I read that England opted for the sky blue change strip (made from Aertex) as they felt this would reflect the Mexican heat better than their usual red change colours, but as stated it caused an issue for the majority of people watching the game on black and white TV’s. The heat may well have also been the reason behind Czechoslovakia’s decision to wear white for all of their group matches, though they had worn white throughout the 1962 tournament in Chile, so they may well have alternated between white and red as a first choice colour for a period.

  2. Cheers Jon, research fail by me, will add that Romania variant!

    Good knowledge on the previous short-sleeved GK tops, I wonder was Belgium’s switch to white based on the heat too? And I also why they didn’t cut their sleeves like Bulgaria did?!

    1. Belgium switched to white when Raymond Goethals became coach in 1968, as he felt the white kit allowed the players to pick each other out better in evening matches. As a result the team were known as the “White Devils”.

      Initially the white shirts were paired with black shorts and white socks, but was later changed to all-white, which was first choice at the World Cup, and also for Euro 72 that the Belgians hosted.

      However, when Goethals left the post in 1976 to take charge of Anderlecht, the red kit was reinstated and the team became known as the “Red Devils” once more.

  3. About the grey socks, they were a decision done by Zagallo, the coach of Brazil in that World Cup, who was superstitious, In fact, the former club where he played, Botafogo, wore grey socks

    1. That’s interesting Lucas if true …… I’ve always wondered about the mystery off the 1970 grey socks!…… I had simply assumed that they were just goalie socks worn by all the outfield players … ( due to all grey very often being one off the Brazil goalie kit colours since ( or was it only because kit manufacturers were using Brazilian keepers kits to pay homage to alternative 70 kit!?) other popular options for Brazil keepers traditionally include all green ( the 4th national flag colour and least used by classic “home” canary kit) and post 2000 all black and/or orange kits 🤮 …anyways going back to “70”
      Grey socks
      maybe both facts are true ?! because Brazilian 70 keeper wore the grey socks in all 6 games with his navy/ black/dark blue jersey (which was it!?) but I do wonder what (if any) was that tournaments
      Change colours? …… could that have been all grey? I’ll be very interested to know
      If they was an 2nd gk kit for that tournament or did they simply only have one goalie kit famously with “Brazil” written across it.

  4. Great knowledge as always, guys! Of course, Goethals won the CL in 1992-93 with an all-white team, did he change Anderlect too or were they always white?

    1. I think Anderlecht wore white kits before Goethals’ arrival – they won the Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1976 wearing white jerseys. However they did seem to switch frequently between purple and white jerseys so it is difficult to determine which colour was first choice. Certainly in the 90’s/early 2000’s white was first choice, before switching to purple for the 04/05 season, and then bizarrely to black with purple/white trim the following season. Since 2014 the first choice colour seems to have been firmly established as purple.

  5. With reference to the Ecuador vs England game mentioned in this piece, Gordon Banks did indeed wear number 3, though what is just as interesting about that friendly is that most of the England outfield players wore high numbers above 22, which was very unheard of at the time.

    Youtube clip of the game here…


    Also as an extra for goalpost fanatics out there check out the goal frames with very deep nets and additional stanchions in the middle of the goal.

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