Design: “The shirt looks great, the only thing missing is a sixth star,” was the view of head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at the unveiling of the new strip in late November, as Brazil unveiled a classically designed canary yellow kit with green trim for the 2014 World Cup. Accompanied by blue shorts and white socks, the ensemble instantly provokes memories of the country's World Cup legends.
Short History: Up until their devastating World Cup final defeat to Uruguay in 1950, in the game that became known as the Maracanazo, Brazil had played in white as their choice of home strip for international football. However, one of the ramifications of that defeat was that a new kit was sought and, via a competition, the current national flag inspired yellow, green and blue design was chosen. Since 1954, the “canarinha” has been a staple of Brazilian football and has seen the country triumph on five occasions at World Cup finals. Small alterations have been made, including the introductions of a watermark in 1994 and green trim on the shoulders in 1998, but classic simplicity has been the name of the game for world football's most recognisable shirt for the majority of its history.
The greatest kit: The 1970 World Cup saw Brazil capture a third global title and Pele secure his place at the top of the footballing pantheon of greats. It was also a competition that handed the competition some of its most iconic moments, including Carlos Alberto's stunning goal in the final. Sponsor-less yellow shirts, green trim and blue shorts made the design as pure as any in football history, topped off with plain white socks. A true classic kit of years gone by.
Kits through the years: