World Cup kit history

Germany Kit: Through the years

December 4, 2013
By Chris Atkins

Design: Germany's kit for the 2014 World Cup will undoubtedly be among the most discussed, with the three-time winners set to attend the competition with white shorts for the first time in their history. A red arrow, vaguely resembling the country's flag with its three distinct shades, appears across the chest.

Short history: For many years, Germany played safe with their kits at World Cups, sticking with the white shirt, black trim and black shorts they had used at the first competition in 1934. By 1982, sponsors Adidas had introduced their three-stripe motif onto the arms of the shirt, while by the end of the decade the colours of the national flag were beginning to play a major role. In 1994, those colours would be used in Germany's most eye-catching strip to date, with a diamond pattern covering the chest and shoulder area, before a much more tasteful use of the flag was found in 1998 -- with three narrow stripes across the chest. Colour was dropped in 2002 in favour of a more traditional look, but made a return four years later with red and yellow trim making an appearance on the front of the shirt. The last World Cup in 2010, meanwhile, was the first time colour had been used on the team's socks, in an otherwise basic design that featured a single red stripe running down the right of the shirt through the team's crest.

The greatest kit: The simplicity of the kit in which Germany won the World Cup in 1974, with a white shirt, black shorts and white socks was its strength. The black rounded colour and trim on the sleeves have been reused as components of many future kits.

Kits through the years:

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