We were delighted when Lars Schepull got in touch before Christmas with an interesting question:
As you may know, Nike have over the past years on various occasions tried to become the kit supplier for the German FA. They were even invited to make a pitch in the DFB HQ some years ago. In the end, it was decided to stay with adidas (thereby following tradition instead of a few or not so few more Euros). I guess every traditionalist welcomed this decision.
Still, the question remains: What would the Germany home and away kits for the Euro 2020 (2021) have looked like, had they been designed by Nike in line with what they have done for their teams. Maybe a question for Fantasy Friday?
Obviously, as Lars says, the relationship between the DFB and adidas is one of the most enduring in world football, perhaps only eclipsed by that of adidas’s with Bayern Munich. Nevertheless, it’s fun to imagine the alternate universe.
The obvious example for the home is the Roma style, allowing for the German flag colours to be incorporated. While it’s occasionally speculated that flag representations are not allowed, we found this in the Fifa Equipment regulations.
Even if it’s not allowed – and the France change strip would indicate that it is, for instance – this is of course a fantasy kit.
There are 2014-ish vibes, though of course that had three shades of red – a decision made by adidas designer Jürgen Rank – we put Nations League patches on rather than Euro 2020 as that’s when the kits would have premiered.
We did consider going all 1991 and simply doing a green version for the change kit, which would have meant the shorts could be interchanged, but ultimately decided to stick with the classic green and white, using this year’s Liverpool home strip as the base. Plain perhaps, but still smart.
Hopefully Lars likes these. If you do too, or if you don’t, feedback is welcomed along with future FKF requests – comment below or tweet @museumofjerseys.