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My Favourite Kit: Argentina 1986

By Ollie Irish

There are a couple of reasons why international kits tend to look a lot better than club kits:

1. The lack of a sponsor’s logo

2. The designs don’t change much, so they have more time to develop classic status.

Argentina’s home shirt, with its pale blue-and-white vertical stripes, is as iconic to me as the ubiquitous yellow of Brazil; and if Brazil are the Beatles, then Argentina are the Stones: edgier, dirtier, meaner, more dangerous.

I suppose I don’t really need to explain why I fell in love with Argentina’s home kit in 1986. I mean, just look at the photos in this post. Does it get any better?

The Le Coq Sportif kit was cool enough on its own, and gloriously simple, but put it on Diego Maradona’s back and it developed superhuman levels of cool, to go with El Diego’s superhuman powers. I was 12 when Mexico ’86 came around and at that impressionable age I had never seen any rock star look as much like a bad motherf**ker as Maradona did.

More in the fav kits series (home kit unless otherwise stated):

Real Madrid, 2002

Arsenal 2002-04

Denmark 1986

Juventus 1995-96 (away)

Man Utd 1994-96

Cameroon 1990

Tottenham 1986-87 (third kit)

Nottm Forest 1992-94

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By Ollie Irish on September 22nd, 2010 in Featured, International football, Kits & fashion, South America. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

12 Responses to “My Favourite Kit: Argentina 1986”

  1. Matt Hill says:

    Yes! So true about the rock star thing. Though slightly unpatriotic to pick the kit that cheated us out of the World Cup. But Maradona was a badass, so fair dues

    And all hail Le Coq Sportif. Good enough for Spurs, good enough for Maradona

  2. Matt Hill says:

    An all-time classic image. Was that Ardiles’ testimonial?

  3. The truth says:

    Yes indeed, ya betta watch out!

  4. Davy says:

    Can this be purchased?

  5. mizman says:

    awesome awesome kit

  6. Davy says:

    I’m getting one…..damn reet

  7. Nuno says:

    Great kit indeed.

    And not wanting to be a prick, but “blue-and-white horizontal stripes”? Only when Maradona was lying down… ;)

  8. Ollie Irish says:

    @ Nuno – Doh, yes you’re right. My bad. Changed it now.

  9. deckard says:

    just looking at the kit itself i think it’s nothing special. but in my mind i’ll always associate it with maradona and that goal whenever i come across this shirt. i actually like argentina’s shirt at the 2010 wc. white adidas stripes look so much cooler than black or blue ones. the shade of blue was just the right shade of blue. i just wished the adidas logo was on the side not the top.

  10. Tom Jones says:

    You hadn’t seen many rockstars by the time you were 12 I understand.

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