Cold War Classic #15: Czechoslovakia vs West Germany, Euro 1980

Our regular guest slot over on is back (yes, we just copy and paste this part every time…and now this part), with instalment #15 of the Cold War Classic. In each edition, we usually discuss a vintage east vs west international match-up (the exception so far being Austria vs Sweden, 1973) from the Cold War era, specifically relating to the amazing and fascinating kits of the time and their evolution. Detailed backgrounds are included, and all retro kits relevant to the story are expertly illustrated in glorious colour by MOJ top boy Denis Hurley.

For the latest CWC we look at the meeting of Czechoslovakia and West Germany at Euro 1980, the covered branding at the tournament, and background. See below for a brief extract and a link to the full post.


Cold War Classic no.15 – Czechoslovakia vs West Germany, 1980

Around the time of the 1976 tournament, the Czechoslovaks had began transitioning to branded kits with adidas’s three-stripes appearing on their shorts and socks, and a trefoil on some shorts. The game of the second Panenka penalty against the French on April 4, 1979, a Euro qualifier, was also somewhat noteworthy as the first competitive game in which Czechoslovakia wore trefoils on their shirts. The non-competitive debut had been for a friendly at home to Spain the previous month and for both occasions the home side wore their all-white strip. While red-white-blue was seen during the Euro final win and is considered the official home kit, all-white was basically an alt-home attire with the decision, it seems, mostly based on the colour of the opponents’ gear.



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