Brazil 5* World Cup titles

The undisputed kings of the World Cup in football.
The penta-campoes Brasil.
1958 – no brand | 1962 – no logo | 1970 – no logo / no brand
1994 – UMBRO | 2002 – NIKE | 2014 – NIKE
1958 no front number, 1962 no front number, 1970 no front number. No name on the back either.
1994 number on the front + number on the back same with 2002 and 2014. + name on the back as well.
Let’s take the journey back in time. . .

Brasil 1958 campeos do mundo


Brasil 1962 campeoes do mundo


Brasil Copa mundial 1970 no Mexico


Brasil campeoes do mundo 1994


Brasil 2002 Campeoes Copa do Mundo

and 2014 ? nothing but a sixth title will satisfy the football bad country. But will they get it ?
Brazilian star players to win the cup: Pele, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo.
Players not to win it: Zico, Socrates, Neymar, Robinho, Falcao


Germany World Cup titles 3*

Germany has won 3 times at the World Cup.
1954, 1974, 1990. During the campaign in 1954 and again in 1974 no sponsor logo is to be seen anywhere. On the 1990 jersey one does notice the Adidas Originals logo to the right chest. But only around the mid-80s did the jerseys start to become branded apparel and not just a no-logo, no-brand piece of garment.
1954 with Fritz Walter.

Germany World Cup winners 1954

1974 with Franz Beckenbauer

World Cup winners in 1974 Germany

1990 with Lothar Matthäus

Germany World Cup winners 1990

Will there be a fourth time ? and if so when will that be . . .


Zlatan jerseys 2014

Unfortunately Sweden missed out on the World Cup. The Swedish team will be missed. Not so much because of the 10 players other than Zlatan but because of the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’.
So how does the world like with Zlatan in place.

Sweden home jersey 2014 Zlatan

and the away jersey. Navy with accents of blue and yellow. White stripes to the sleeves in order for it to look more classy I assume so it does not blow up entirely into a yellow and blue flurry.

Sweden away jersey 2014 Ibrahimovic

Finally Zlatan’s big chance for some silverware in 2014. Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris SG home jersey 2014

and how does it look like with a badge on the Sweden jersey ?

FIFA badge on Sweden jersey


Argentina bi-campeon mundial 2*

Argentina World Cup history center around the golden 12 years from 1978 and to 1990.
Victory in 1978, and 1986. Runners up in 1990, and playing in the group of death in the World Cup 1982 alongside Brazil and later winners Italy. Quite a golden decade + 2.
The Adidas Originals logo shows up on the Argentina 1978 jersey while the Le Coq Sportif logo is visible on the 1986 jersey.
Argentina won in 1978. Daniele Passarella with the Cup.

Passarella campeon 1978 con Argentina

Argentina won in 1986.
Diego Maradona with the pot.

Maradona campeon 1986 con Argentina

Argentina was runners-up in 1990.


Messi jerseys 2014

Messi still chasing his first title with his country. The Argentina first kit must be first for Leo in the year of 2014.

Argentina home jersey 2014

Second priority on the list must be the laurels for FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona home jersey 2014

and finally third spot on the priority list. Segunda equipacion or the away kit for Argentina. Runners up his still a medal and at a World Cup.
Argentina away jersey 2014
How about the individual honors ? well, Messi already won the Ballon d’Or 4 times. Another 5th title may wait a little while.

Messi Ballon d'Or 2012

Product Reviews

Insight Look: Shorts Number

A lot of focus on the jerseys. Some focus on the name and number kits with player name and number placed on the backside of the jersey. Shorts number ? well not much attention is paid to this aspect of the uniform. So let’s try to break it down and take a look at the intricacies of the finer details of the short number.
PS PRO 2013-16 Official name and number style for the English Premier League.
The replica style PU is still in use as well though.

Chelsea home shorts 13-14 number 14

The short in the image is size Medium.
The material is plastic as compared to the previous style which was in flock.
Hard to tell from the image though what the difference is.

chelsea home shorts 13-14 number 14 details

The shorts in the image are the Chelsea home shorts for the season 2010/11. The club logo is to the right thigh, the Adidas brand logo to the backside of the left thigh , and the shorts number has been added to the left thigh to the front side.

Chelsea home shorts 2010/11 number 9

Size of the shorts in the image: Large
The size of the shorts can also be important for deciding upon where to place the shorts number since the shorts number only comes in one size: 100 mm
The logo is placed 2.5  cm above the horizontal trim and 2.5 cm from the vertical trim to the inside of the white Adidas 3-stripes. The shorts number 9 is placed approximately with the same alignment. 2 cm from the vertical trim and 3 cm above the horizontal trim. The shorts number is 10 cm tall while the logo has a diameter of 6 cm. This of course poses the question as how to align the number but in this case the range of options is not that big.
Below a detailed look at the positioning and the material of the shorts number.

Chelsea home shorts 10-11 detail shotThe shorts number is the official EPL white/black 100 mm number used during the seasons 2007-2013. The material is Senscilia a flock like material similar in style and feel to Lextra.

The maximum number of characters allowed is 2. But how does the addition of another number affect the alignment ?
In the image below the Chelsea club logo is aligned similarly to the logo above.
1 cm from the vertical trim and 1.2 cm from the vertical trim.
The shorts number however has been placed with 0.5 cm to the bottom trim and with approximately 2 cm to the vertical trim to the right. The positioning is at the discretion of the printer. Above the numbers are aligned with bottom line of the logo. Here they stretch below and above as to try to align the logo to the center of the numbers.

Chelsea home shorts 2011-12 number 23

Size of the shorts: Medium

The material of the numbers is the same as for the 2010/11 shorts.
Close-up of the numbers to give a better indication of the proportions and the exact alignment.

Chelsea home shorts number 23 detail

But not all shorts in the Premier League are from Adidas. Most other brands stick to a format with club logo to the right thigh and the brand logo to the left thigh.
The Manchester United shorts below an example to prove the point. The Nike logo goes lower than the club logo as to make room for the shorts number above.

Man Utd home shorts 11-12 number 92

Size of the shorts: Medium
and the details:

Man Utd home shorts 11-12 shorts number detail

The numbers are the black/white Premier League numbers 100 mm high.

The logo of the Premier League is engraved in the numbers.

Approximately 3.5 cm from the number 1 to the trim. and 1.5 cm from the bottom of the number to the Swoosh.

The Man Utd logo has 3.5 cm to the edge horizontally and 2.4 cm to the trim at the bottom.

In the English Premier League they use 5 different colorways for the names and numbers:

white/black , black/white, navy/white, gold/white, red/white.

The vast majority of uniforms require white/black, secondarily black/white.

navy and gold are used from time to time while red is rarely used.

This poses a challenge to the retailer since it is troublesome to have to carry the full alphabet in red/white including 100 mm shorts numbers when demand is very limited.

the solution in the example below is to use the black/white font instead even though the correct font would be the red/white.

Arsenal home shorts 2011/12 number 92

and the details:

Arsenal home shorts 11-12 number 92

The swoosh is red, the line along the edge is red , and the club logo is red. Black , red , white works quite alright though but of course it is not 100% correct technically speaking.

 England is not the only country where they use shorts numbers in the professional football league. In Spain the shorts numbers are an integral part of the uniform as well.
The case of FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona away shorts 11-12 number 7

Size of the shorts: Small

The shorts number here is above the logo to the right thigh.

The Barcelona shorts number does not contain the club logo.

Below a detail shot.

Barcelona away shorts black number 7 detailsThe number is aligned above the logo and positioned as to be centered right above the logo.

That goes for a single digit number. But how about when it is doubled ?

FC Barcelona away shorts 11-12 number 10

Size of the shorts size Youth XLarge.

And the closer look.

Barca away shorts 11-12- detailed look number 10The number one is closely aligned to the left edge of the logo. The 0 spills on to the other side of the logo since the numbers take up more space than the logo on the horizontal axis.

The Barca numbers are 10 cm tall. the 0 is approx. 5.5 cm wide.
As to the difference between home and away shorts. in this case there is none. all the same.

fc-barcelona-home-shorts-11-12-number-5For the season 2011/12 the shorts numbers were yellow for the home as well as for the away shorts.

Details: fc-barcelona-home-shorts-11-12 number

 Size of the shorts in the image: adult mens size XL
That surely brings a different expression compared to the smaller shorts above.
Why the number above the club logo ? well , probably for no practical reason but simply a decision made by someone and now they stick to it. Some might prefer the number to the opposite side others like it like that.
No rule without exceptions. Rather than try to align a double digit number to the left one can also decide to align it towards the center of the logo.


and the detailed look:


and the size of the shorts. just to get the documentation right. Size XL.
Say Barca and the next thing you want to know is how it works with Real Madrid ?

Real Madrid away shorts 2013/14 number 7

 The size is size Large for the shorts in the image.
Real Madrid away shorts close-up look at the number.


Real Madrid does have the club logo added in the 10 cm numbers:



and just to complicate matters even further certain Italian clubs like Juve and Inter prefer to place the shorts number next to their club logo but on the inside of the short and not above the logo as is the case with Barcelona.

Inter shorts number 9