Pixel Jersey Remix #5 – Yugoslavia 1990-92

Last time, Pixel Jersey Remix came of age as we fully explored the depths of Switzerland’s 1990 “Blacky” template. Now we move to a shirt design suggested by a POTP follower on Twitter from the same year, and we’re thankful as it turned out to have a lot of potential.

One thing that Yugoslavia seems to have in common with Ireland is that Adidas gave both bespoke shirts for the 1990 World Cup (at least we can’t find any other examples of anyone else wearing either design). The Yugoslav versions featured these brilliant flashes down the front to create side-sections, really making it stand out in home and away:

This is clearly a template intended for three-coloured teams, but that didn’t stop us applying it to some who only use two. The initial remix collection was as follows:

First in this alternative timeline, we have an imagining of Serbia if the break-up of Yugoslavia had occurred in the 80s and it was them rather that SFRJ who appeared in the template at World Cup 90: (we imagine the below imagine will be quite confusing when appearing in future Google searches):

The shoulder-stripes are configured in the “Czechoslovak 1980-style” to create mirrored Serbian flags from the middle:

In this same universe, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also achieved independence early and all signed with Adidas. As with real-life early Latvian shirts, there is no federation logo present on theirs’:

For all three, the shoulder stripes again create representations of their flags:

Next are Ireland, who in this world never received their chevron-covered Italia 90 shirts from Adidas and were instead given this for home, away, third, and even fourth options. We recently entered the black shirt in an “Irish jersey concept design tournament” on Facebook and beat out 39 other entrants to win, spawning the blue and gold celebratory shirt seen beside it:

In our timeline, Ireland have taken the bold move of incorporating amber heavily along with green, white and orange, having previously been seen on O’Neills’ Irish kits in the 80s. The “Opel” sponsor, appearing on supporter jerseys, also sets this apart from real versions as the black nods to the third and fourth shirts:

Unlike Yugoslavia’s, the Irish home shoulder-stripes feature the predominant colour “on top”, but the away configuration is the same:

The orange and black third and fourths draw from the real Irish orange and black Umbro shirts seen later in the 90s:

As mentioned earlier, this is the top that took home the 2020 ISMF Cup for us in an epic week long battle…:

…and the gold-trimmed celebratory shirt that followed:

Not seen in the original remixes, but of course needed, are the player-issue Irish shirts without sponsor:

Alternative version:

Alternative version:

Alternative version:

As always Finland had to be included and demonstrate, Like Latvia, how the design can still work without a third colour: (although multiple blue-tones are used)

The torso-flashes somewhat reminded us of the old Admiral templates, of which Wales were a recipient back in the day. We imagined that they stuck with Adidas through to the 90s and were once again seen with green and yellow down the front, but with plenty of white trim keeping things fresh:

The Dutch are always fun to mess around with and as last time we incorporated flag colours: (although not as extreme)

While the white shoulders-stripes compliments the orange and black on the home, we experimented with never-before-seen black and orange stripes on a white and black away. The blacked-out underarm section that combines with the flashes also makes these two different from most of the others:

The Belgium shirts were a popular one when first uploaded, with the flashes and side-panels made consistent for home and away:

As with their real World Cup 90 shirts, we positioned the trefoil and crest on the “wrong side”, or as well call it “Belgian style”: (several Belgian clubs also adopted this positioning at the time)

The Benelux was completed with the welcome inclusion of another of our favourites, Luxembourg. Again we mirrored real life by positioning the trefoil above the crest, which was an odd quirk:

The dual-coloured striping of the Lux’ away makes it particularly eye-pleasing in our opinion:

Another of the “fun” countries are Norway, who we imagined signed with Adidas a little earlier and incorporated elements that would be seen in upcoming years. The side-panels of both home and away combine to reference the Norwegian flag:

Lastly for the original  24 we come to the “club section”. For some reason, Manchester United stood out as the perfect candidate:

Perhaps too much black for purists on the home…:

…while the away is a straight swap with blue for red, taking on Estonia’s colourway:

Later a third shirt bonus was added, combining elements of the first two:

Then came the two Milanese clubs with some of the most radical adaptations:

Clearly in our universe, Adidas has gone all-out to sign both clubs and agreed to give them very unique versions of the template. The Internazionale shirt is the only to continue the shoulderp-stripes down the sides, the make up for the overwhelming amount of blue there:

The sublimated vertical lines are used to great effect by both clubs to create their trademarks stripes in different ways. The shoulders and sleeves of the Milan version are also intentionally reminiscent of ancient or Renaissance architecture (we’re not sure which):

Moving to the bonus shirts, the original suggester of the template on Twitter later also requested that his native Slovakia be given the remix treatment. We obliged with these, although said follower never responded when we uploaded them so hopefully he sees them at some stage:

This is of course a Slovakia who became independent early and in our world also became the first Europeans to fully embrace front-numbers. The home version features uniquely shaded sleeves and centre section:

The away mimics the Luxembourg style of striping:

A request coming from POTP’s Manchester corespondent was Ajax and Galatasaray, two great choices. For both we of course incorporated their famous, traditional layouts:

The Ajax model nearly eliminates the flashes and side sections altogether to accommodate their main red panel:

The Gala’ shirt really takes things to the extreme with a half’n’half design, including daring alternating shoulder configuration (which did occur in a different way in real life). To avoid an overload of colour, we continued the black flashes up the sleeves:

Finally, another request was AS Roma. This required a slight edit of the side sections to separate gold from yellow, giving Roma some more unique designs from the rest:

*****

 

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