FLASHBACK: STORY BEHIND THE ICONIC BRAZIL YELLOW SHIRT AND BLUE SHORTS

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

One of the most iconic football attires in the world is the Yellow shirt with green collars over blue shorts, which has been the traditional jersey of the Brazilian national football teams.

Before the advent of the jersey, Brazil used to put on white shirts with blue collars. A major loss on the football field occasioned the sudden dropping of the jersey for the current one.

On this date, 16 July 1950, at the Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Alcides Ghiggia scored a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beat Brazil, 2-1.

Co-incidentally, today is also the death anniversary of the scorer of the final goal as he, being the last surviving member of the winning team, died on this date, 16 July 2015 – exactly 65 years after scoring the decisive goal

He died aged of 88. The 1950 World Cup edition was with a difference. Unlike other World Cup editions, the 1950 winner was determined by a final group stage, with the final four teams playing in round-robin format, instead of a knockout stage.

With Brazil one point ahead of Uruguay, going into the last match of the round robin league, Uruguay needed a win, while a draw was sufficient for Brazil to be declared champions.  The host team shot ahead in the 47th minute by Albino Friaça Cardoso.

But Uruguay leveled up in the 66th minute through Juan Alberto Schiaffino before Ghiggia’s winning goal.

The World Cup loss by Brazil had a lasting effect. The attire of the Brazilian national team, white shirt with blue collars, won in the 1950 was changed for ever.

In 1953, a competition was held by the newspaper Correio da Manhã to design a new outfit, with the rule being that it must incorporate the colours of the national flag.

Eventually, the competition was won by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a newspaper illustrator, who came up with the design of a yellow shirt with a green trim, blue shorts and white socks that were first used in March 1954 against Chile, and has been used ever since.

Since March 1954, the iconic yellow shirts over light blue shorts have been Brazil’s national team colours

When Brazil first won the World Cup in 1958, they wore their away kit as the new colours clashed with those of hosts Sweden.