The kit France wore against Australia at the weekend came in for some comment and criticism – apparently, Fifa were concerned about the similarity of their red socks with the gold of their opponents so they wore navy sets.


The red socks will be back on Thursday when they face Peru – but the famous tricolore won’t be seen as the white shorts will be swapped for navy so as to not to clash with the South American side.

It won’t be the first time a team playing Peru in the World Cup will have worn navy-navy-red, though – that was Scotland 40 years ago.


Scotland had worn orange shorts with their home shirts before that, but this was a new departure. The look seemed to be a lucky charm when Joe Jordan put them ahead in the 14th minute, but Peru levelled before half-time and added two more goals in the second half.

The same combination was worn in the 1-1 draw against the all-white-clad Iran, meaning Scotland had little to play for in their final game aguainst the Netherlands (see here for a close look at the Dutch kits worn in the 1978 competition).

Back in their traditional navy-white-red, they won 3-1 and Archie Gemmill scored a goal featured in Trainspotting. In 2014, adidas gave Scotland a kit with navy shorts and dark red socks, but we’re not sure if Peru or Iran featured in the official marketing copy.