16 thoughts on “The evolution of adidas goalkeeper shirts, part 11

  1. Great article. Denis- I’m not on twitter but I have original catalogues and a couple of prototype photos of Newcastle goalie kits from 98 so email me if you want me to scan these for you for the Newcastle article.

    Re the 97/8 Toon ones, they had another pair of shorts each too!

    I really like the Argentina change shirt from 98 in this article.

  2. Excellent work as usual Denis. 1998 was seemingly a shift for Adidas as they toned down from the “in your face” designs, as well as bringing back the logo launched earlier in the decade (without the “Equipment” tagline) which has remained ever since.

    Mad to think that the one game Barthez wore the white kit was in a match where really, the referee should have made him get changed. Opponents South Africa wore a kit which was practically white, with black side panels and black/gold bars, so in my opinion it was a pretty bad clash.

    Carlos Roa’s “blue” jersey was actually purple, but totally agree that neither of his jerseys were suitable alongside the navy away kit… but between the two the purple one was marginally more distinguishable from navy than the black jersey was…

    I also could have sworn I seen an orange version of the “Baleo” jersey too, possibly worn by Ivica Kralj in the World Cup for Yugoslavia, but can’t find a picture of it

  3. A little off topic, but whenever I see that white and black ‘Save’ shirt I remember a situation that appeared in a local division 4 game (Tier 6) that I went to around 2000.

    The home team are in red shirts, blue shorts and red socks whilst the away side are in their normal strip of black and white stripes with black shorts and socks. So far so good.

    When the teams come out the visiting goalkeeper walks onto the pitch in a white Save jersey, with his name and number 99 on the back, with black shorts and white socks.

    The normal procedure in the Swedish lower leagues at the time was that you had around 15 or 16 shirts from 2 and up with no names and the regulars wore their preferred shirt, so it was quite obvous that the ‘keeper had bought this one for himself.

    Anyway the referee spots the clash and orders the ‘keeper to change, which he refuses to do. One of the visiting players then shouts to the referee that their kit is more black than white and points to the home goalkeeper, who is in a black and grey Puma ‘Cell’ shirt, and says “So he has to change!”.

    The referee, also in black, agrees to this and the home team’s kit man has to run back to the dressing room and get the spare yellow and green Cell jersey out for his ‘keeper.

  4. English : The dark green Adidas Baleo jersey was the jersey that Bernard Lama wore during the 1998 World Cup (we saw him during the presentation of the trophy after the final against Brazil won by the Blues 3-0) but used it only once during the World Cup. a friendly match against Austria which was the first post-World match for the world champions.

    French : Le maillot Adidas Baleo de couleur vert foncé était le maillot que portait Bernard Lama pendant la Coupe du monde 1998 (on le voyait pendant la remise du trophée après la finale contre le Brésil remportée par les Bleus 3-0) mais ne l’utilisait qu’une seule fois lors d’un match amical contre l’Autriche qui était le premier match post-Mondial pour les champions du monde.

  5. Magnus Hedman wore the white version of the Save against England in a Euro 2000 qualifier (England wore red) and I think unused French sub Lionel Charbonnier was wearing a dark coloured version when he went on the pitch at the end of the 1998 World Cup final.

  6. And if i am not wrong, when Canizares in 1999 was the first-choice goalkeeper after the 1998 World Cup (UEFA Euro 2000 qualifiers), he wore a shirt similar to the shirt worn by Barthez (the one with white piping), but yellow with white piping and black sleeves (with three yellow stripes).

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