World Cup kit history

Portugal Kit: Through the years

December 4, 2013
By Chris Atkins

Design: Maroon and green may not be an obvious combination, but they work together wonderfully to form Portugal's kit and pay homage to the country's famous red wine industry. Nike have done well to let the colour combination do the talking, with embellishments kept to a minimum on the current strip.

Short History: For all the great players that they have produced, Portugal will be making just their sixth World Cup appearance in Brazil -- all of which have come in the dark red shirt for which they are famous. However, while the shirt may be a point of consistency, shorts have altered between white, green and, more recently, dark red, depending on the tournament. Socks, also, have shifted between green and dark red on a regular basis. The basic colour scheme has been settled ever since their first outing in 1966, though, and there is no other regular World Cup contender who can claim a similar palate to the Portuguese's distinct combination.

The greatest kit: While the merits of the various coloured socks and shorts can be debated, the 1966 strip made famous by Eusebio and his colleagues is the stand out of all Portugal's shirts. What makes it so iconic is that the powerful colour combinations are allowed to take centre-stage, without the unnecessary over-elaboration that some later kits brought. The basic design of the 1966 outfit remains the basis of every Portugal kit to this day.

Kits through the years:

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