Words: Josh Millar
Oh my God. This shirt. Nike have delved deep into Brazilian footballing history and releases this exceptional white away kit for the Seleção.
Brazil will take to the pitch wearing their original white colourway in the first match of this summer’s Copa America in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first time they lifted the trophy back in 1919. The revamp of a classic design pays homage to that original kit, and this version is simple and beautiful.
For people of most ages, the joy of watching Brazil is immediately connected to the colours yellow, green, and blue. Joga Bonito has always lived, for most, in that palette. Zico’s silk and Romário’s 1994 Golden Boot and Ronaldinho’s swooping of a ponytailed Seaman is all a swoosh of yellow, green, and blue across the eyes.
But, up to the end of the 1950 World Cup, which they hosted, Brazil traditionally wore a white home kit. After they were beaten 2–1 at the Maracanã by Uruguay, Alcides Ghiggia, one of the Uruguayan scorers noticed that as he wheeled away to celebrate, the near 200,000 crowd in the Maracanã stadium had fallen silent. “Three people have silenced the Maracanã —Frank Sinatra, the Pope and me,” he recalls.
After that, due to what felt like a national humiliation, the white kit was scrapped for one inspired by the colours of the Brazilian flag. But, Nike have taken them back to their roots with this away number.
The design is an instant classic, all-white apart from the original blue collar and cuffs, with a blue swoosh on the chest. Although it looks simple from a distance, there is a VaporKnit design running through the whole thing, bringing this kit firmly into 2019. Sim Senhor.
The Brazil Copa America 2019 shirt goes on sale on April 15, don’t miss out.
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