Great one-offs – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, 1989

Something different for this offering, featuring a little bit of educated guessing.

Obviously, Bayern Munich and adidas are intrinsically linked but, given that they had Nike kits for 15 years in total between 1990 and 2009, and now clad in Puma since 2012, it’s easy to forget that, once upon a time, Borussia Dortmund wore the three stripes too – like most German sides did.

From 1974-90, die Schwarzgelben carried the three stripes on a variety of designs (with the occasional shirt made by adidas’s sub-brand Erima). For much of that period, red – usually the colour of Bayern Munich – was favoured as an away choice, and also like Bayern, there was a high level of promiscuity as regard the style of shirts.

In June of 1989, both clubs wore a new adidas style, each for only one game, but it was a design which was to become more common.

On June 13, Bayern took on Italian side Triestina and took to the field in white shirts with red and blue bars on the sleeves, like a truncated version of the West Germany 1988-92 style.

While crestless Bayern shirts were more the rule than the exception during the 1980s, this one was also notable in that it didn’t have an adidas logo.

Eleven days later, Dortmund were up against Werder Bremen in the final of the domestic DFB-Pokal (German Cup).

For much of the 1988-89 season, Dortmund wore a yellow version of the template used by the Netherlands in winning Euro 88, but for the decider adidas provided them with the same design – this time they included a small logo.

The change did Dortmund good as they came back from the concession of an early goal to beat Werder Bremen 4-1, ending a 24-year wait for a major trophy, paving the way for more success in the 1990s.

However, that shirt wouldn’t be seen again and neither would Bayern’s version. Come 1990 though, the design would become very popular – seemingly, the two 1989 versions were used as test-beds.

In Germany, Hamburg used what was essentially the same as what Bayern wore, while at international level Colombia had it at the World Cup in Italy.

Then, in 1991, Portugal and Sweden followed suit, while France’s U21s utilised something similar to Hamburg’s away – one of many examples of them deviating from the kits used by their senior side.

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