The design released by adidas for West Germany’s Euro 88 campaign on home soil - and worn as Lothar Matthäus and co conquered the world at Italia ’90 - is the greatest football shirt ever.

Whether decided by poll or committee - certainly by an aggregation of all the polls and decisions by committee - the iconic creation wins out.

But these catalogue pages demonstrate the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or “DBF”) weren’t shy in getting the most out of the “ribbon” motif.

You may have previously seen, and indeed coveted, the t-shirt variant, the holdall(s), the sweatshirt and the jacket, but did you know there was a messenger bag? How about a drawstring bag? In the late 1980s!

And, well, have you seen it all collected together like it is here? Like the banned Electric Ladyland artwork but for those who prefer to see kit on than off? adidas’s Ina Franzmann created a monster, and our world will be forever grateful.

Thanks to Jimmy from The Glove Bag - tgbjimmy on Twitter - for bringing this to our attention.

 


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