West Germany 1988 player shirt by Adidas believed to have been match worn by Littbarski in the Euro 88 Semi Final against Holland played at Volksparkstadion, Hamburg on the 21st June '88.
Here it was, the big one, the two bitter rivals going head-to-head in the Semi of all Semi's, a showdown and a match that Germany did not dare to lose on home soil. Not only the occasion, the match, the pressure, what about the kits?
Possibly the greatest two football shirt designs of all-time facing each other off, a one-off duel never to be repeated on a pitch ever again. The first half was a cagey affair and the scoreline at half-time was 0-0. Then not long after the break the DFB star man and captain Lothar Matthäus got the opener from the penalty spot, converting his kick after Klinsmann had been brought down by Rijkaard. To be fair the goal came against the run of play and there was little to argue about when Koeman was given the chance to level also from 12 yards when Kohler upended van Basten. The 61,330 crowd were left gobsmacked though when with two minutes of the ninety remaining the superstar striker van Basten struck a winner low into Immel's far corner to send the Dutch into the Final and break German hearts. It was Germany's first defeat to the old enemy in 32 years. The FC Köln star Littbarski had joined the action in the 79th minute for Frank Mill as Franz Beckenbauer changed tactics in search of a winner. The winger had played at 3 major tournaments prior to this and not to be too disappointed he and the team dusted themselves down and went on to win the 1990 World Cup two years later still wearing this all-time classic design.
Correct player size flock print professionally heat pressed, embroidered crest is machine stitched, light transfer Adidas logo, made from 40% cotton, 40% polyester and 20% viskose, made in West Germany, design not commercially available to this specification, swapped with a Holland player and comes from their personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided.