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My Favourite Kit: Germany 2006 World Cup Kit

By Ahmad Ruiz Hakeem

Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit
Für das Deutsche Vaterland!

It was wet, humid and dark, but for the television screen glowing. I stood in front of the TV in my grandmother’s home in Johor Bahru, singing along to the German national anthem. This is in Malaysia, mind you. I didn’t care, I still stood proud in my Adidas Germany shirt, ball at my feet. I was as nervous as any other German in the Allianz Arena that night. Germany vs Costa Rica, the first real football game I had ever watched. Germany started well, Costa Rica were impressive in the first few minutes. Then came the moment that instantly made me loyal to Germany: Lahm’s goal…

It was gorgeous. One of, if not the best, goals I have ever seen scored in a World Cup finals opener. I was ecstatic, 1-0 to Germany. It was a fine game, 4-2 to Germany.

The Germany shirt for the 2006 World Cup, to me, is one of my all time favorites. White with the three black adidas stripes going down the arm. The black, red and yellow flashes down the sides of the body and continued on to he shorts were standout. I can’t even find the words to describe it. It was beautiful, simple, das ausgezeichneteste. I especially loved it when images of Miroslav Klose wearing it flashed. Germany wore it all through the tournament (why shouldn’t they with beauty like that).

All in all, it is my all-time favorite kit. 5 years and two other kits on, I still have it in pristine condition. It was in this shirt that the German lads, Ballack, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Friedrich, Podolski, Lehmann, Metzelder, Frings, Schneider,  Mertesacker and last but not least Klose, showed me the beauty of football. Not the Brazils or the Argentinas or Italy, but Germany. Thanks to Germany, I have a style of play that is totally different than other boys at the park so, Danke Schen Deutschland.

More in this series

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

Argentina 1986

Inter 1980s

Tottenham 1985 (as worn by Maradona)

Man Utd 1993-95 (away)

Newcastle United 2005-07

West Brom 1977-81

Man City 1998-99 (third kit)

Liverpool 1996-97 (away)

England 1990

Leicester City 1983-84

Barcelona 2008-09

Celtic 1987-89

Palermo 2005-06

Sampdoria 1990-92

If you have an all-time favourite kit and would like to contribute to this series, please let us know by emailing

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By Ollie Irish on January 25th, 2011 in Featured, International football, Kits & fashion, Retro, World Cup. 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.

13 Responses to “My Favourite Kit: Germany 2006 World Cup Kit”

  1. Goaltastic says:

    Germany’s kits have always been fantastic looking.

  2. Rich says:

    i don’t think this one even comes klose (sorry couldn’t resist) to their 2010 kit

  3. Arni Gunnar says:

    The Germany kit in the Italia World Cup in 1990 was awesome.

  4. Montesquieu says:

    This one was meh though.

  5. Tinez says:

    agree with rich, this is no where near as good as the current kit.

  6. QueerAsFuß says:

    Grand article! Enjoyed it most heartfeltly, Mr. Hakeem, Dank dafür!

  7. muaz says:

    i also from johor bahru malaysia.nice to read this article.hope we can meet if u coming again to show football passion in malaysia.

  8. whatever says:

    I loved that opening game, Germany- Costa Rica. I fell in love with German football then too. A really open exciting game. Interesting seeing the players who are still in the team develop, Schweinsteiger for example. Would have been good if Germany had won it that year!

  9. cherlas says:

    i was very very glad not to see the german team lift the world cup. living in germany, everybody around was just SO annoying. whats all the VATALAND-quatsch anyway?
    club football > internationals always for me.

  10. humayon says:

    i think this one of the best sites for football fans

  11. Rick Joshua says:

    I am writing a massive online resource on the Nationalmannschaft, and one section is devoted to the Trikots from 1988 onwards.

    My favourite has to be the 2002 kit – smart in its simplicity. OK, the 2006 one was pretty nice and the 2010 edition is also top-notch… The DFB have always had a decent shirt designer.

    The one poor effort was the 1998-2000 one – though it did fit the quality of the team at that time. The second shirt looked like one that belonged to the team from the local Kneipe.

  12. Tom Jones says:

    A very nice kit. The 1990 one is the best though.

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