Retro Shirt Reviews #2

I have fond memories of purchasing this shirt as it aligned with an “80’s/early 90’s athlete on coke” thing I had going on in terms of style early one summer. However,  I haven’t worn it in some time. Specifically since somebody made a particular negative remark, not regarding the artistic design but my perceived psychical form while wearing the garment.

This is because it is a very baggy, classic 90’s loose fit. Comparing it with last weeks breathtaking Erima number is a pretty interesting look at the change in direction of the cut of football shirts from the different eras. Both are mediums, but the Erima one from the 80’s is tight enough that it may as well be a small, while the Puma shirt from the 90’s might be considered a large by today’s standards. The Erima shirt fits me snugly but nice, so I was swimming in the Puma shirt.

When purchasing it I honestly, and naively, hadn’t really taken this into consideration. I had been wooed by the interesting diagonal bars coming from the bottom of the shirt and the white shape on the front left which reminded me of a part of the symbol for Pi. Although it was one of those things that after I had made the order I was like “did I really want that?” so I definitely do not rate it on the same level as the Erima. But the deed was done and now I own it.

Edit: As pointed out by friend of the site Denis Hurley, of MuseumOfJerseys.com, it appears the design is actually an enlarged section of the Tetra Pak logo, sponsors of Eintracht Frankfurt at the time who also wore this shirt. This makes it even more interesting than originally thought, as it suggest either the template was directly inspired by the Tetra Pak logo, or that the shirt was made bespoke for Eintracht and Tetra Pak before then being used as a general template. Either way, a nice sneaky bit of extra advertising. Thanks Denis!

A number on the back is always nice, and here we also have the presumable team name of Keune, as it was common for German clubs to have their name on the back of their shirts since the days before player names became the norm. The shocking lack of this knowledge among the the general population causes issues, as many who see the shirt being worn from behind assume it to be a player name which at first glance appears to be “Keane” rather than the unfamiliar Keune.

As already mentioned, this Puma template was also worn in the same colourway by Eintracht Frankfurt from 1993, with their version of course also including a crest and sponsor. I’m not really keen (or not really Keune?) on red and black together in general, so what’s even better than both my shirt and Frankfurt’s is actually their away shirt from that season which uses the same template but in gloriously satisfying yellow, blue and white, with a dash of red for good measure.

In conclusion, this shirt will not be getting my highest grade of seven and  a half thumbs up like Erima got last time. But I will be generous and award 3 silver stars, as like all shirts it has it’s place in football history. Thank you Puma for this very 1993 effort.

Bonus: International Selection

  • Country: Germany (away)
  • Year: 1994-1995
  • Make: Adidas

Continuing the German theme from last time (and both club shirts have been German… I like German things), three letters come to mind when I look at the above beauty: D.M.T. Which is most definitely a positive. Despite seeing some (frankly ludicrous) derision for it online, I personally love the bold, tribal-esq, in your face aesthetic of this shirt, which Germany wore in friendlies in 1994, and in Euro 96 qualifying, but not actually at the World Cup.

One interesting thing about the actual shirt itself is that it is composed of two pieces of material for the front and back, which are stitched along the top of the shoulder and down the sleaves. This is opposed to different pieces used for the torso and sleeves which is more usual for football jerseys, and this was also the case of for the 88-91 shirt featured last week.

I have a sort of long term goal to eventually own every West Germany/Germany shirt from 1986 to 1996, home and away, as they may well be the best run of kits of all time. It’s not really a serious goal, as I won’t be lamenting it on my deathbed if I don’t end up getting them all and to be honest I doubt I ever will (unless I somehow end up very wealthy which would be most worrisome), because now that I think of it I’m not really that bothered. But owning shirts like the above is very fun as it takes most people who see it slightly off guard, which to me is one of the best things about owning “obscure” jerseys and why I buy shirts to wear them rather than just sit there in a collection. But next time we’ll complete the trilogy with another German effort from the above referenced time period, or at least one that appears to be.

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