Iconic Kits: The Yellow and Green of Brazil

It’s the most famous international kit in football. Incorporating the vibrant colours of the nation’s infamous flag, this is a football kit that truly encapsulates the sheer flamboyance and creativity of Brazilian sides gone by. Next stop World Cup 2018…

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It’s the most famous international kit in football. Incorporating the vibrant colours of the nation’s infamous flag, this is a football kit that truly encapsulates the sheer flamboyance and creativity of Brazilian sides gone by. Next stop World Cup 2018… It’s not often you see the iconic Maracana Stadium fall into complete silence. But that’s exactly what happened back in the 1950 World Cup Final, when a late Alcides Ghiddia goal allowed Uruguay to defy the odds and claim the Jules Rimet Trophy in Brazil’s very own back yard. The entire stadium turned into an eerily hushed atmosphere, as millions of Brazilians watched on as their side were humiliated right before their eyes. A change was needed- and it came in the form of a newspaper competition. Brazil had been wearing their typical white kit on that fateful day in the Maracana (hard to imagine now, eh?), and fans and players alike felt that this colourway just didn’t capture the imagination of the football team, or the pride of the Brazilian people.

So a competition was launched in a national newspaper, asking people to enter designs that incorporated the vibrant colours of the Brazilian flag- green, blue, white and yellow. Amongst all of the extravagant patterns and over-the-top designs was an incredibly simple creation by a man called Aldyr Garcia Schlee. Using yellow as the prominent colour on the shirt with green trim, blue shorts and white socks- Schlee went ahead and created one of the most iconic football kits in history. It was his design that was worn in the 1954 World Cup, giving fans their first glimpse of this new-look Brazil; unless you were watching the game on telly, that is, since all you’d see is a whole load of black and white. Four years later Brazil lifted their first World Cup, as the yellow, green and blue strip became one of the most intimidating kits in football. The rest of the world had to wait until the 1970 World Cup to get their first glimpse of the iconic yellow shirt, as Brazil fielded perhaps the greatest team to ever play at international level. With the likes of Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho and a certain man called Pele in their side, Brazil blew the world away with their style of play and unlimited imagination.

Football had never been played like this before. The creative style of play and unrivalled flair of the Brazilian players was truly encapsulated by that famous yellow shirt, as Brazil went ahead and announced themselves as the greatest international side on the planet. As with all international kits, there have been redesigns, tweaks and updates to the Brazilian strip down the years. But through the decades of winning trophies and setting the world alight, the iconic yellow shirt with green trim, blue shorts and white socks have all remained consistent throughout, even if the way these colours are presented has been tweaked.

Brazil KitA New Dawn: Nike took over the Brazil kits way back in 1996. Image: news.nike.com

In 1996, Nike took over the Brazil national kit in one of the biggest shirt deals of all time, and have since gone on to create some of the most iconic Brazilian kits in history. With the vibrant yellow and greens at the heart of it all, you can’t even think about the World Cup without picturing Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho sporting the famous Nike designs. Brazil clinched their fifth World Cup in 2002 and, despite the best efforts of Ronaldo’s haircut, that iconic football shirt is what we all remember. And, after 16 years with no more World Cup triumphs, something tells us the Brazilians might be right up for it in Russia next summer. If you’re looking for the best deals on classic Brazil football kits, then go ahead and compare prices with FOOTY.COM today!

Chris is a huge Manchester United fan and an avid Draft Fantasy Football player.