1990 World Cup kit-tracker – Group E

South Korea 0 Belgium 2


South Korea’s kits were made by local supplier Rapido, with the neck style very similar to that favoured by adidas in the late 80s. While the goalkeeper shirt had the older inset v-neck, it was still a nice look.

Belgium’s change kit was in the same format as the home, but with different striping. Here, it was black-yellow-red-yellow-black on the shirts and shorts but red-white-yellow-white-black on the socks. The crest and adidas trefoil were on the opposite sides to which they were usually seen.

Goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme had the same template as that which featured in Group B, but his two versions were in colourways unique to him while his shorts featured the national colours on the right leg.

Uruguay 0 Spain 0


Uruguay’s Puma kit wasn’t a million miles away from that of 20 years previously. Goalkeeper Fernando Álvez had his Puma logo on the left, as on Puma’s Austria kits.

Whether Spain had to solve a socks-clash and decided against looking like Chile or Costa Rice, or if they were supposed to change their full kit (sounds crazy, but see below) and sky blue v white wasn’t acceptable, we don’t know.

Belgium 3 Uruguay 1


As mentioned above, somebody reckoned red against sky blue was a clash, so Uruguay were in white – their shorts numbers in the first game must have been deemed to be too small and these were noticeably larger. Álvez, in shorts without the Puma logo, went overboard with his.

Preud’homme switched shorts but wore the same shorts, though it didn’t look terrible as they secured their knockout spot.

Spain 3 South Korea 1


Spain were in their traditional home, with the basic design steady for most of the 80s and triangles in the fabric providing the jazz.

South Korea’s change kit was a simple recolouring, with blue given more prominence.

Spain 2 Belgium 1


In a group where three teams have the same base colour, the logical thing would have been for each to change once, but instead Spain were again in their home kit and Belgium in their away.

With Belgium qualified, Spain took advantage to top the group.

South Korea 0 Uruguay 1


Again, Uruguay wore white against a red team, though this time with plain white socks rather than blue tops. Álvez sported a different oversized shorts number.

South Korea goalkeeper Choi In-Young switched to yellow (shirt slightly darker) and they looked set to gain their first point only for Daniel Fonseca to net for Uruguay in injury time.

It meant they moved forward to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams – Scotland were the country to miss out as a result.

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