It’s been almost a year to the day since the last installment of “FIFA World Cup Fashion” here so it’s fair to say we were due an update. In case you missed it (#ICYMI as the kid’s say!): to date we’ve featured Ireland’s 1990 impeccably pure white track suit and the USA’s amazing denim stars 1994 away kit. But there’s plenty more were those two came from and we’re ready for part three today.
This time around we’re taking a trip back to a glorious summer in Mexico in 1986 which saw Diego Maradona’s Argentina crowned World Champions and Denmark mesmerise the world with some exciting attacking flair.
Sepp Piontek’s side featured some household names to Irish football fans in Liverpool’s Jan Molby, Manchester United’s Jesper Olsen and Juventus’ star Michael Laudrup amongst others. They would eventually bow out of the competition at the hands of Emilio Butragueno’s Spain in a crushing defeat in the last 16 but it was their brilliance during the group stage that captivated the world.
The Danes started their campaign with a 1-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Scotland and the world got it’s real first glimpse at the devastating partnership of Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkaer Larsen. They followed up the win over the Scots by dismantling an ultra negative Uruguay in a comprehensive 6-1 win with Elkaer Larsen grabbing a hat-trick against the Enzo Francescoli led opposition. They then wrapped up a memorable group stage with a 2-0 against eventual World Cup finalists West Germany and the world began to wonder if Denmark could be our next World Champions and usher in the beginning of a dominant era of Danish football.
The public admiration didn’t stop with Denmark’s free-flowing attacking game though, there was also plenty of love from the football fashionista community for their world cup kit made by Danish based sports brand Hummel.
The home shirt, pictured above, adopted a half and half design with a solid bold red half coupled with a white half with thin red pinstripes. The shirt had a subtle but elegant navy piping that matched and indeed complimented the Hummel branding along with the trim on the stylish white v-neck collar. Finished off with the now traditional Hummel ‘v’ arm pattern and white trimmed curvaceous navy numbers, this shirt became an instant classic and a much sought after piece of clothing on the mean streets of countries far removed from Denmark.
As a result, there were few better “football hipster” looks back in 1986 than a stone-washed Lee Cooper jean with pristine white socks, matching white trainers and a Denmark home shirt on top. In fact, the look would still work today – a testament to the designers at Hummel if ever there was one! In modern times, wearers of the said shirt raise the football fashion stakes and receive knowing nods of approval from passers-by. Purchasing an original 1986 Hummel Denmark Shirt will set you back at least £200.00 on retro football shirt site classicfootballshirts.co.uk so if you’ve got one, I’d suggest holding onto it.
On and off the pitch in ’86, few made football sexier than Denmark. And who doesn’t love sexy football, right?