Nineties Kit of the Week: Switzerland H (90/92)

switzerland90-1 switzerland90-2 switzerland90-away germany90-switzerland NATIONALMANNSCHAFT,
Team: Switzerland
Strip: Home/Away
Year: 1990-92
Manufacturer: Blacky
Sponsors: N/A
As worn by: Kubilay Türkyilmaz, Stéphane Chapuisat, Frederic Chassot

I said we’d come back to this one eventually, and so here we are. I’d never seen this kit before finding those pictures of it from Germany’s first reunited match in 1990, but what a heck of a doozy it is. It conforms to almost no rules about what a football kit should look like – it doesn’t even have the Swiss association’s badge on it – and in fact the design looks more like it should adorn the tail of an aeroplane than Türkyilmaz’s chest. But it’s also… kind of magnificent, and the palette-swapped away version is just as good.

From a distance, you could be forgiven for thinking it was manufactured by Le Coq Sportif – but look closer, and the triangle actually holds the logo of a company called Blacky, who were generally better-known for manufacturing cycling gear. Which might explain, actually, why this looks more suited to the Tour de France than the World Cup.

Incidentally, I’ve found it difficult to find many pictures of this kit actually being worn by players, so if you’ve got any, let me know and I’ll put them in…

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