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In addition to the holes, it just looked gorgeous in the Mexico sun, especially when contrasting with their black shorts and white socks. It also never looked better than in the Final against a West Germany team in their vibrant green shirts.
The shirt itself is a very simple affair, being nothing other than white- and blue-striped Airtex material with a standard round neck, but to me that's part of its appeal. I don't think a shirt would be made like this any more. Yes, we've had the whole retro-looking 'Tailored By' range from Umbro, but aside from those (and even then there were few striped shirts where the sleeves were just the same exact style as the body), you just don't get shirts where the sleeves just continue the main style with no additions or changes in style whatsoever.
To me, this shirt is proof that at times, a design doesn't have to be anything other than what it needs to be, while still being unique. Though it may be simple in nature, the change of central stripe to white and the Airtex material raise this from plain shirt to design classic.
Written by Rich Johnson (The Football Attic).
This shirt is part of The 50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever. The full list can be viewed here.