There are few more iconic teams in world football than the Brazilian side of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Being the first edition of the global soccer showcase to be broadcast on color television, audiences around the world fell in love with the Brazilians, with their impeccable football and their vibrant yellow, blue and white kits. Since then, the canary yellow shirt has been synonymous with beautiful football, helping build the formidable reputation the Brazilian national team still has today.
Brazil will be going for their sixth World Cup title in Russia, and news website Footy Headlines has recently published an exclusive leak of the shirts that the Seleção will wear in June. As a change from recent years, it appears Brazil will be playing in a slightly darker and more golden shade of yellow, as opposed to the bright tones preferred at the 2014 tournament played on home soil. The collar is once again understated and green, in-keeping with tradition.
The golden shirts (the exact color used in the new shirt is called “Midwest Gold”) are a reference to Brazil’s kits in the 1980s and early 90s, when they dazzled the world with their superb team in 1982 and won their fourth World Cup in 1994. The golden yellow is also closer to the exact color of the Brazilian flag, with its central gold diamond representing the country’s gold wealth.
It is expected that the away kit will once again be blue, with white shorts and blue socks.
Though the new shirt has not been confirmed (the official announcement will have to wait until next month), Footy Headlines has become renowned for its accuracy in leaking new kits, as well as leaking the new crest of the Italian national team in August last year, later confirmed by the Italian FA.
While the Brazilian national team is so easily identifiable by its jerseys, the country didn’t always play in the famous yellow and blue. Since Brazil’s first international match at the beginning of the 20th century, the country played its matches in all-white kits, often with blue trim.
This all changed after the 1950 World Cup, when Brazil were embarrassed on home soil, losing the final match to neighbors Uruguay in front of over 200,000 fans in the newly built Maracanã stadium. As part of the soul-searching after that monumental defeat, the Brazilian public lay a portion of the blame on their team’s white kits, which they felt lacked patriotism, being that it ignored the green, gold and blue of the country’s flag.
A Rio de Janeiro newspaper decided to hold an open competition to create a new kit, receiving a guarantee from the country’s football association that the winning design would in fact be adopted by the team. 19-year-old Aldyr Garcia Schlee, who lived on the border between Brazil and Uruguay and to this day regards himself as more Uruguayan than Brazilian, was chosen as the winner for his now iconic design: golden yellow shirts with a green collar, blue shorts with white trim, and white socks. Brazil first wore the kit in 1954 and haven’t looked back.
In the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, Brazil made it all the way to the final wearing yellow, but in the decisive match in Stockholm they were forced to find an alternative kit. Their opponents, hosts Sweden, had home advantage and the right to wear their traditional yellow shirts. The story goes that Brazil’s kit man had to buy a set of blue shirts before the match, sewing on the Brazilian crest on the day of the final. Brazil won the match 5-2, grabbing their first of five World Cup trophies.