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Not always stylish: The jerseys of the DFB at all World Cups and European Championships since 1934

2021-01-21T16:46:39.353Z

The German national team has played in the major tournaments since 1934. The DFB-Elf always wears new jerseys. Sometimes daring patterns were used.



The German national team has played in the major tournaments since 1934.

The DFB-Elf always wears new jerseys.

Sometimes daring patterns were used.

In its long history, the

German national soccer team

has won many titles.

As

four-time world champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

and

three-time European champions (1972, 1980, 1996),

the

DFB-Elf is

one of the most successful national teams in the world.

Germany's best

footballers

showed up in new

jerseys

every few years

.

Here, too, the fashionable influences of the time made themselves felt.

The DFB was not always stylish.

We show you the

DFB jerseys

at all World Cup and European Championship tournaments

with German participation since 1934.

World Cup 1934 in Italy

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The German team had already secured a place at the very first soccer World Cup in Uruguay in 1930.

But the journey to South America by ship alone would have taken more than two weeks and resulted in high costs.

Like some other European teams, the DFB team decided to cancel.

In return, Germany played

its

first major tournament

at the

1934

World Cup in Italy

in

white jerseys

,

black shorts

and black and white socks

.

It was only in the semi-finals that they ended against Czechoslovakia (1: 3).

World Cup 1938 in France

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At the

1938 World Cup

in

France

, the German team played in white jerseys with a lace-up collar and black shorts, as they did four years earlier.

The tournament was under the influence of the

Nazi dictatorship

.

After the annexation of Austria to the German Reich, the team was composed of

German and Austrian players

.

The “big German team” didn't harmonize at all.

There was

resentment

and

distrust

among the footballers who were forced into a team

.

The result was the end in the first round (corresponds to the round of 16 today) - the second worst World Cup result of all time.

World Cup 1954 in Switzerland

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After the Second World War, Germany was initially excluded from the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Four years later, the DFB-Elf was allowed to be there again.

At

the 1954 World Cup

in

Switzerland

, captain

Fritz Walter

and his teammates achieved the legendary

“Miracle of Bern”

and won Germany's first world title.

The heroes of Bern wore white jerseys with black accents.

The collar no longer had the deep V-neckline of the 1930s, but it still had to be laced.

The pants stayed black.

1958 World Cup in Sweden

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In

Sweden

at the

1958 World Cup

, the world champion presented himself in a different outfit.

The DFB still didn't want to do without the lace-up collar.

The black color stripe on the collar was a little deeper than four years earlier.

From a sporting point of view, things didn't go that smoothly: In the semifinals, they ended up against hosts Sweden (1: 3).

The game for third place against France was also lost 3: 6 - in the end Germany finished fourth.

1962 World Cup in Chile

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For the first time, the DFB-Elf dared to take part in a major overseas tournament.

At the

1962 World Cup

in

Chile

, the fashion was unchanged.

As in Sweden, the jerseys stayed white, the traditional lace-up collar was adorned with a deep V-neckline with black stripes.

After surviving the group phase, they failed in the quarterfinals with 0: 1 to Yugoslavia.

1966 World Cup in England

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At the

1966 World Cup

in

England

, the German national team came up with a new dress.

In the motherland of football, the DFB team played for the first time at a world championship

without a lace-up collar

.

Instead, the white jerseys had a round neckline with black accents and looked like t-shirts.

With the black pants everything stayed the same.

Germany made it to the final, in the 2: 4 after extra time against England the legendary

Wembley goal fell

in favor of the hosts.

1970 World Cup in Mexico

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Four years later, the round collar became a slight V-neck.

The usual black stripes on the neck and sleeves of the DFB jersey were a little wider than before at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

In the new dress, after a sovereign group stage in the quarterfinals, the revenge against England was achieved with a 3-2 win ...

Premiere at the 1970 World Cup: DFB national team in green jerseys for the first time

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... one lap later came the

spectacular end

for the DFB-Elf.

The 3: 4 after extra time against Italy went down

in history

as the game of the

century

.

Another detail of the

1970 World Cup

in

Mexico

was historic: For the first time, the German team wore a

green away

jersey in addition to the traditional white and black outfit

.

European Championship 1972 in Belgium

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For the first time, the German national team was able to qualify

for the main round of a

European

championship in

1972

.

At the tournament in

Yugoslavia

, the strong DFB team around playmaker

Günter Netzer won

the

European Championship title

.

In the final, the Soviet Union was left with no chance in a clear 3-0 victory.

A round neck collar was used for the jersey, the color combination was the usual white with black accents.

EM 1972: DFB troop around Beckenbauer in green to success

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Some experts consider the

1972

team to

be the strongest DFB team of all time.

As usual,

the green away

jersey was also used at the

European Championships

in

Belgium

- with success.

World Cup 1974 in Germany

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At the first

home World Cup

in

Germany

in

1974

, the DFB-Elf stayed with the round neck collar of the EM victory two years earlier.

That brought luck - Franz Beckenbauer and his teammates won the second World Cup title for Germany.

The German national team won 2-1 in the final in the Munich Olympic Stadium against the Netherlands.

DFB will also use green away jerseys for the 1974 World Cup

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At the

1974 World Cup

in

Germany

, too, the German team sometimes wore the

green away jersey

.

Like the white and black home version, it had a round neckline and white stripes on the neck and sleeves.

The DFB kickers also wore white trousers.

EM 1976 in Yugoslavia

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At the

1976 European Championship

in

Yugoslavia

, the German national team played their way through to the

final

in their usual white outfit with black color elements

.

There they lost 3: 5 on penalties against Czechoslovakia.

Unlucky

fellow

Uli Hoeneß

hammered his 911 over the bar in the sky of Belgrade.

World Cup 1978 in Argentina

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In terms of fashion, the DFB dared to

do something new

at the

1978 World Cup

in

Argentina

.

A large V-neck collar adorned the jerseys of the German national team - typical for the late 1970s.

It was only kept in black, the color white was also found there.

World Cup 1978: "Shame of Cordoba" - Germany fails to Austria

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Once again, the

second set of jerseys was

in

green

, with white stripes on the collar and sleeves.

The German team made a sporty disgrace at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

A 2: 3 defeat against outsiders

Austria

sealed the end in the

second round

.

To this day one speaks of the

"shame of Cordoba"

.

European Championship 1980 in Italy

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At the

1980 European Championship

in

Italy

there was the next premiere on the jersey of the German national team.

For the first time, the

three stripes from

the supplier

Adidas

adorned the

sleeves of the DFB outfit.

Otherwise, not much has changed.

The basic color remained white, the collar had a slight V-neckline and a black stripe.

In terms of sport, the DFB-Elf shone: The third consecutive European Championship final achieved their second triumph.

1982 World Cup in Spain

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The

Adidas stripes were also used on the jersey of the DFB-Elf

at the

1982 World Cup

in

Spain

.

The outfit remained almost unchanged compared to the European Championship triumph of 1980: white with a black V-collar and black trousers.

In the final against Italy, the DFB squad had no chance at 1: 3.

European Championship 1984 in France

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The slight V-neckline on the white and black jersey of the German national team also persisted at the

1984 European Championship

in

France

.

Striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge failed with his team-mates in the group stage of the tournament.

World Cup 1986 in Mexico

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Things went much better for Germany and young star

Lothar Matthäus

at the

1986 World Cup

in

Mexico

.

In new jerseys, which for the first time featured the

black, red and gold of

the German flag on the collar and sleeves, it went to the final.

1986 World Cup final: Green DFB jerseys bring no luck against Maradona

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Only then did

Argentina have

to

admit defeat

to superstar

Diego Maradona

just 3-2.

In the

1986 World Cup

final

, the DFB-Elf of

team boss Franz Beckenbauer

then played in their green away jerseys.

EM 1988 in Germany

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At the

1988 European Championship

in

Germany

, the national team raised the flag with significantly more courage.

Black, red and gold dominated

the white jerseys.

The outfit is still a classic among the DFB jerseys today.

Roenald Koeman saw it differently.

The Dutch defender swapped jerseys with Olaf Thon after the 2-1 semi-final win against Germany.

Then he indicated with the German shirt that he would wipe his butt with it.

A scandal!

1990 World Cup in Italy

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The jersey of the German national team remained

the same

during the

1990 World Cup

in

Italy

as it did two years earlier at the European Championship in their own country.

And it brought luck, because Germany secured the

third world title

in history.

1990 World Cup in Italy - away shirt

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The German away jersey was also retained at the

1990 World Cup

and was shown in the guise of the 1988 European Championship. The basic color was green, as before.

However, in a more modern, almost 3D-adhesive pattern.

EM 1992 in Sweden

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Two years after the World Cup success, Germany went to the

1992 European Championships

in

Sweden

with the new national coach Berti Vogts as a big favorite

.

The DFB jersey was based on the model from 1988-90: again, large

black, red and gold flags were

integrated.

But now only on the sleeves.

EM 1992: Final bankruptcy against Denmark

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The black, red and gold flags were also found on the green away jersey.

In terms of sport,

Germany

suffered

a bitter 2-0 defeat against underdog

Denmark

in the

1992 European Championship final

.

World Cup 1994 in the USA

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The designers of the German jersey apparently got a taste for the flag element.

During the

1994 World Cup

in the

USA

, the DFB players played in white, but with a clearly visible, black, red and gold patchwork rug on their chest.

It was also found on the pants.

A clear case of a matter of taste.

In terms of sport, the 1994 World Cup ended in disaster.

In the quarterfinals the surprising end came with a 1: 2 against Bulgaria.

European Championship 1996 in England

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"Football is coming home" - to this day one of the greatest football anthems of all.

The song was recorded on the

occasion of the

European Championship

in

England

in

1996

.

The German team also returned to a classic pattern in their choice of jersey design.

The simple, white DFB jersey with a distinctive association emblem on the chest was reminiscent of earlier times.

1998 World Cup in France

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Two years later the flag was shown again.

The German national team wore

white jerseys with a narrow

black, red and gold chest ring

at the

1998 World Cup

in

France

.

However, you had to cancel the sails in the quarter-finals against Croatia.

The

DFB team

retired after a 3-0 defeat.

EM 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium

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In terms of sport,

things got

even worse

at the

EM 2000

in the

Netherlands

and

Belgium

.

In the group stage, being bottom of the table, they embarrassed themselves to the bone.

A meager 1: 1 jumped out against outsiders Romania, the games against England (0: 1) and Portugal (0: 3) were lost.

At least the white and black jersey was reminiscent of better times in its classic design.

EM 2000: New away kit cannot prevent embarrassment

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The new, dark green and white away jersey of the

DFB *

-Elf couldn't help either.

Seasoned Lothar Matthäus and his teammates had to

travel home early

at the

EM 2000

.

World Cup 2002 in South Korea and Japan

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After the embarrassment of the European Championship in 2000, many of the German national team

did not have much

confidence in the

2002 World Cup

in

South Korea

and

Japan

.

Nevertheless, the team convinced with fighting strength and classically simple jerseys in white and black.

Goalkeeper

Oliver Kahn

excelled, it was only in the 2-0 draw in the final against

Brazil that

he suffered a serious dropout.

EM 2004 in Portugal

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Just in time for the

2004 European Championship

in

Portugal

, the DFB used the

flag

pattern again for its jerseys

.

The black, red and gold were clearly visible on the sleeves, as here with

Michael Ballack

.

Euro 2004 in Portugal - away shirt

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For the away jerseys, the DFB switched

from the usual green to black

for the

2004 European Championship

.

Did the German team like Zorro want to come from here?

In any case, the color change was unsuccessful - the tournament in

Portugal

ended for

Germany

in the group stage.

World Cup 2006 in Germany

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At the

2006 World Cup

in

Germany

is soccer fans remember to this day you back.

Team boss Jürgen Klinsmann's

troops

took care of the summer fairy tale.

The white DFB jerseys with curved, black, red and gold accents on the side were sold out across the country in no time at all.

2006 World Cup: Germany relies on the signal color red for its home tournament

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Germany

had come up with

something very special

for the

home World Cup

.

In bright red away jerseys (here a picture from a friendly match before the World Cup) they wanted to shock the competition.

But in the

semifinals

,

Italy

ended

the dream of World Cup success at home.

EM 2008 in Austria and Switzerland

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After the almost perfect summer fairy tale 2006, it went to the

EM 2008

in the neighboring countries of

Austria

and

Switzerland

.

The white DFB jerseys were adorned with a black chest ring, in which a black, red and gold element and the player number were integrated.

Under national

coach Joachim Löw *

they made it to the

final

, where

Spain

lost 1-0.

World Cup 2010 in South Africa

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The

young German national team

around Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil played their way

into the hearts of the fans

at the

2010 World Cup

in

South Africa

with great offensive football

.

The rather classic DFB jersey with a thin, vertical black, red and gold flag pattern was also very well received.

World Cup 2010: DFB team as "Men in Black"

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The

away jersey of

the DFB-Elf was for the

first time completely

black

from head to toe

at the

2010 World Cup

.

In this jersey they defeated arch-rivals England 4-2 in a spectacular game.

In the semifinals you had to bow to eventual world champions Spain just 0: 1.

EM 2012 in Poland and Ukraine

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At the

Euro 2012 in Poland

and

Ukraine

, many experts trusted Germany, which was wearing white jerseys with thin black, red and gold diagonal stripes, to win the title.

But as in the 2006 summer fairy tale, Italy was one size too big in the semifinals.

2014 World Cup in Brazil

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The redeeming

title win

*

came for Jogi's boys at the

2014 World Cup

in

Brazil

.

With a dream goal by Joker Mario Götze, Germany won the final against Argentina 1-0 after extra time.

The white DFB jerseys with red chest rings were also world champions.

2014 World Cup in Brazil - away shirt

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The away jersey of the German national team at the

2014 World Cup

in

Brazil

presented you with red and black horizontal stripes

.

Even today, the hosts should have a shiver at the sight of the DFB jerseys.

In

this outfit,

Germany defeated

the Brazilians 7-1

in the

legendary World Cup semi-finals

.

Euro 2016 in France

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At the

EM 2016

in

France

, Bastian Schweinsteiger and the DFB-Elf were all in white and black again.

It went all the way to the semi-finals, where the eventual title holder France failed.

World Cup 2018 in Russia

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The

2018 World Cup

in

Russia

comes from the German perspective as

worst tournament ever

in history.

At the negative climax of the DFB's history, the team of national coach Joachim Löw landed on an embarrassing last place in the group despite rather medium opponents (Sweden, South Korea, Mexico).

That meant the end of the world champion - earlier than ever before.

World Cup 2018: DFB team experiences disaster in Russia

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The away jersey of the German national team was

green again

at the

2018 World Cup

in

Russia

.

Ultimately, it didn't bring any sporting luck.

EM 2021 in Europe

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Actually,

the

EM

should take place

across

Europe in

2020

.

But because of the

corona pandemic

, the tournament had

to be postponed to 2021

.

Then the German players will also show up in their current jerseys, which are kept in white with narrow black horizontal stripes.

It remains to be seen whether we can build on old successes.

(kh) * tz.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network

Source: merkur

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