Portugal defeated France 1-0 to win Euro 2016 last Sunday. With the win the Seleção won their first major international title hoisting the Henri Delaunay Trophy after the final whistle and in the process handed Nike their first European title as well.
The winning display was put on with an innovative and iconic look from The Swoosh. The kits of Portugal, and all the Nike sponsored teams, were made with the new Nike Aeroswift technology. The material was promoted as the ‘next generation of jersey’ and Portugal proved it has championship pedigree as well with the technical enhancements woven into the fabric.
The design was also iconic. And will be remembered and held in high esteem for years by fans. The Portugal 2-tone red home soccer jersey with raglan sleeves included aesthetic detailing on the collar and inside of the sleeve cuffs along. Fernando Santos’ side made an equally impressive statement in their 2-tone green away jerseys during the tournament.
Surprisingly, this is the first time Nike has been the technical sponsor for the UEFA European Champion’s kit. Unlike the Copa America with its 100 year history, the Euro has only been played on a 4-year cycle since 1960.
Soccer365 takes a look back at the iconic looks of some of the previous UEFA European Champions, tracking down some to add to our personal collection.
adidas has dominated the Euro winners’ jersey since the brands worked their way on to the team kit in the 1970’s.
Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany in penalties to take the 1976 title. The only nod to adidas on the kit was the iconic 3-Stripes running down the side seam of the shorts.
West Germany won their 2nd European title in 1980. The jersey still did not include the adidas logo, however, the iconic 3-Stripes had moved from the shorts to the shoulder running, as they frequently still do today, from the collar to the sleeve cuff.
It took until 1984 for the adidas Trefoil logo to work its way on the champion’s jersey on the right chest when France won as host in 1984. The Trefoil also appeared on the right leg of the shorts. The 3-Stripes were also included on the jersey and shorts.
The Netherlands won the title, their first, in 1988. The brands logo was now commonplace but what was making a statement was the non-traditional look of the jersey.
The geometric pattern of the Oranje’s jersey was modern and probably more importantly was easy to transition to other colors for recreational team jerseys.
Denmark crashed the party and brought their technical sponsor along for the ride at the 1992 UEFA European Championship. The Red and White failed to qualify in 1992 and only were a late addition after Yugoslavia were disqualified. Players were called back from holiday to make an improbably run to the title with first time technical sponsor Hummel proudly on their chest. And don’t miss out on Peter Schmeichel’s classic goalkeeper jersey.
The red jersey with subtle sublimated pattern that only polyester could provide featured shoulders and sleeves with a white/red geometric pattern and traditional polo collar but with a modern 1-button and black detailing on edge of the collar.
Germany became the first 3-time champion in one of Die Mannschaft’s best looks of all-time. The federation badge was the main feature to jump out but was joined by the 1-button stub collar, ‘adidas’ rather than the trefoil logo appearing on the jersey and in the center of chest rather than over the right chest and capped off with the large player number over the right chest. Classic. It was the first major title as a re-unified Germany.
adidas was expanding the range of their brand including the ‘adidas’ and colors from the West German flag of the socks as well.
After winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil, France backed up that performance with their title run at Euro 2000. It was the first European Championship to use the ’Euro’ tag.
Les Bleus jersey was made from ClimaLite and featured specific breathable zones under the arms and on the back of the jersey. The French Football Federation badge with newly added star, the Y-neck collar, the use of the red and blue between the white 3-Stripes on the sleeve and the first use of the adidas Performance logo on the right chest all made this jersey special.
Greece shocked the soccer world when they defeated host nation, Portugal, to win UEFA Euro 2004. The side did not play with much flair, they won all 3 elimination round matches with 1-0 scorelines, but they defended well as a team. Their jersey was solid all around as well.
The ClimaLite jersey was designed with the team line in mind. The white ClimaLite jersey had blue detailing across the front under the collar, under the arms and on the lower back along with the 3-Stripes and adidas Performance logo.
Spain became the first and only team to win back-to-back UEFA Euro titles with their march to the title in 2008 and 2012. The feat was made even more impressive with La Roja winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in between the continental championships.
Both jerseys were made from ClimaCool, featured breathable panels, and the adidas Performance logo (in the center chest in 2008 and over right chest in 2012). The 2012 jersey featured more details to help the jersey stand out from blue detailing on the sleeve as well as on the inside and outside at the nape of the neck calling out past championships (Campeones De Europa 1964 2008 and ‘Real Federacion Espanola De Futbol’) with a diagonal color block with the colors of the Spanish flag in the middle.
What new elements will the UEFA Euro 2020 champion’s jersey include?