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Germany Retro Shirts

We present you our official retro shirts collection of the German national team, a team with an impressive winning record four times World champion and three times European champion and is considered as one of the strongest squads in the world. With our shirts we represent the time, when Germany was split into West Germany (BRD) and East Germany (DDR) until the reunion in 1990 . Besides others you can find the following shirts in our collection:

Germany Retro Shirt 1970: In this decade the West German side won the European Cup in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974 with the legendary player “the emperor” Franz Beckenbauer and the “bomber of the nation” Gerd Müller. A Shirt that marked the rise to the Olympus of football; the best era of German football in history.

DDR Retro Shirt 1962: One of the Retro football shirts of East Germany. During this time, the players who guided the team were Frenzel, Lowe and Vogel. A beautiful shirt with a v-neck and the acronym DDR and the badge on the chest.

DDR Retro Shirt of the World Cup 1974: With this shirt the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) managed to qualify for the first time for a World Cup. A jersey that witnessed a historic match between East- and West Germany in the first group stage. The DDR won the match with a goal from Sparwasser.

You will appreciate our official shirts of national German football. With these shirts you will experience the remarkable journey through the history of the good and always efficient German football in West Germany and also in East Germany before the reunification. Retro football fashion for Men and Women!

History and shirts of the Germany football team

Considered one of the oldest national football teams, Germany played its first game against Switzerland in 1908, a hectic match that they lost 5-3.

Although its history is loaded, a little too much, with great twists and turns mainly linked to the two World Wars, Germany remains a reference in the field of world football. Also known as the Mannschaft, (literally the team), the German national team has displayed vintage football jerseys throughout its course that have enchanted generations of enthusiasts.

The German team is one of the great protagonists in the history of international football. It was crowned 4 times football world champion in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, and 3 times European champion in 1972, 1980, 1996. It must also be said that the Mannschaft have lost four finals in 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002. These results are spectacular to say the least. And throughout this football epic, the players of the German team have worn different retro and historical shirts that have followed the team's feats.

Also noteworthy are legendary matches that cannot be forgotten and that shaped the legend of the German national team. From their overwhelming victory in the 2014 world cup semifinal against Brazil (7-1), to the defeat against Argentina in the 1986 world final (3-2), the German team harmoniously combines spectacle and passion. These indelible matches remain, of course, attached to vintage jerseys from each era and serve as historical reminders of these highlights.



History and jerseys of the German football team - Years 1910-1930 and the period of the 2nd World War

During the first years the poor results of the German football team could not give us a glimpse of the subsequent spectacular victories; In the first 20 games they were only able to win 5 games and lost 11 of them. In its first international tournament, the 1912 Stockholm Olympics they fell in the first round. This period of drought continued to occur so the germans could not participate in any international competition until the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam where they reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Uruguay. Keep in mind that Uruguay was already a football power in those early days.

Germany managed to qualify to participate in the 1934 World Cup in Italy after beating Luxembourg. They would rise to the more than precious third place after beating Sweden, 2-1 in the quarterfinals and losing against Czechoslovakia, 3- 1, in the semifinals. Quite a feat for a team that was really beginning its international career. This cup was held under the fascist regime of Mussolini and with Hitler and the Third Reich in Germany.

In 1936 Berlin was the host city of the Olympic Games. Germany won the match against Luxembourg by 9-0, a circumstance that Hitler used to glorify the German nation, but when it was eliminated by Norway by 0-2 the disappointment of the Fhürer and the followers was total.

During the 1938 World Cup held in France, politics entered the sports field squarely. Austria, which was occupied by Germany, could not participate as the drums of the terrible Second World War could already be heard on the horizon, a military conflict that would break out in 1939. In the sports field itself, Germany, hoisting the Nazi flag, ended in tenth place.

After World War II, the German team split in two; Federal Republic of Germany in the West, German Democratic Republic in the East. Decades later after the reunification in 1990 of the two German nations, the Eastern team was integrated into the Western one.

With the advent of World War II the football World Cup would not resume until 1950 in Brazil, although this time Germany would not participate.

In this article we are going to write about the most important moments in the history of West German football. Soon we will go on to narrate the history of the jerseys and the East German football journey.



History and jerseys of the German football team - 1954 World Cup

The West German team would qualify to participate in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and win 3-2, in a final match against Hungary, in what has been called the Miracle of Bern, because the Hungarians were really the favorites and also because it was the first victory of the Germans in a World Cup. This victory marked the beginning of a long journey of victories.

As far as the 1954 shirt is concerned, Adidas was responsible for the design and manufacture of the jersey for the German national team. Countless big stars wore these shirts and gave it fame and reputation; Franz Beckenbauer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gert Müller had the privilege of wearing these legendary jerseys that have become very trendy.



History and jerseys of the German soccer team - FIFA World Cup 66

During the 1966 World Cup West Germany faced England in the final. It was a legendary match for the duration of 120 minutes and for the English Hurst's hat-trick that became the first in the history of the World Cups. In the ranks of the German team we find the legendary Beckenbauer, Helmut Haller and Wolfgang Weber who scored the two goals in the final, but could not win and surpass the strength and determination of the English who took the long-awaited victory by 4-2.

The World Cup jersey is a simple 1960s-style football shirt that was worn from 1966 to 1978; a white shirt with a V-neck, for the World Cup, with black edges on the neck and short sleeves and the numbers of the players on the back. The German imperial eagle shield on a white background was placed on the side of the heart. This eagle represents the Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and has been used throughout the history of the German nation including the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, West Germany, and present-day Germany.



History and jerseys of the German football team -  Champions in Euro 1972 and World Cup 1974

In the final phase of the 1972 European Football Championship  held in Belgium, the West Germans showed their football strength. They qualified for the final phase having beaten the teams of Albania, Poland and Turkey and also their eternal rival England. Already in the semi-finals they won host Belgium and the Soviet Union 3-0 in the final in the Heysel Stadium of Brussels. Among the ranks of the german team we find historical players such as Gerd Müller, who took the title of best scorer with 4 goals - 2 of them in the final - Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner or Jupp Heynckes.

In the 70s the short sleeve v neck Germany 1970's Retro Shirt was very popular. The West German players also worn the classic and very elegant German white shirt with round neck long sleeves and with the characteristic black borders on the neck and sleeves and the imperial eagle crest, black pants and white socks. These kits are  simple and denotes the efficiency of a team that is always confident and effective in its game.  It is interesting to highlight the red CCCP shirt that the Soviet team wore in the final.

The German conquest of world football begins with this European Championship that would be the harbinger of the 1974 World Cup. For this World Cup, the German team arrived with great doses of confidences because of their game and because the World Cup was organized in West Germany itself. However, in the first round after beating Chile and Australia, the two Germanies, the eastern and the western, played. Their sportsmanship and pride was at stake. East Germany won in a match that remains in the history of football and politics. In this group the two Germanies were classified, but East Germany was in the first place of the group.

In the second group stage, West Germany qualified in first place so they went directly to the final against Cruyff's Dutch team with Johan Neeskens, both legendary representatives of total football. The great German players of that victory were Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Gerd Müller repeating together the feat of the 1974 Euro Championship.

Among the most symbolic historical football jerseys of Adidas, stands out the one that the German national team had worn during their conquest of the world football trophy after having defeated the Netherlands of Cruyff .

This selection wore a sober shirt, where white predominates as always, with small black decorative designs on the round neck. The Adidas brand logo was highlighted on the left side.



History and jerseys of the German football team - 80s, Euro 1980

The final phase of the 1980 Euro competition was played in Italy. West Germany found themselves in the final group stage along with teams from Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, which they had beaten in the 1974 World Cup final and Greece. In the other group were the teams of Belgium, Italy, England and Spain. In the German team played Schuster who was beginning to emerge, Rummenigge who won the Ballon d'Or that year and Horst Hrubesch, nicknamed the Tank or also Das Kopfball-Ungeheuer, the Beast of the Headbutts, for his headers and in the final he scored the two goals, the second with a header near the end of the match.


In the final against Belgium, West Germany took the victory and their second European Championship 2-1.

Adidas, the German sports brand par excellence, is again in charge of the design and also adds its brand that had first appeared on the right side in 1978. The white jersey of this final brings significant changes with a black V-neck polo and three black stripes on the shoulders. An elegant short sleeve shirt again, sober but in the style of the 80s. As always the shield of the imperial eagle is placed on the side of the heart.

From this moment, as happened with other national teams, the team's shirts begin to provide details that make them more attractive. The designs of the 80s leave behind the simplicity and sobriety of previous decades, reflecting in some way the beginning of consumerist decades as shirts were really began to be highly desired objects by fans.

In the 1982 World Cup held in Spain, the German squad led by Jupp Derwall was defeated by Italy 1-3 in the final, a match that took place at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. In the German team we meet players of the stature of Rummenigge and Littbarski, with one of the best dribbles of the 80s. The german shirt of this Spanish World Cup follows the path of the previous one of the 1974 Euro Cup.

This defeat by the German team was also repeated in the final of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was the Maradona World Cup that took the title and the glory. On the part of the German team we find Franz Beckenbauer as coach and excellent players such as Rummenigge, Völler and Matthäus.

In the shirts appears the colors of the German flag bordering the V-neck and short sleeves. The three black bands on the shoulders remain.

The 1988 the European football Championship is played in West Germany. This fact created great expectations for the german followers. In this decade of the 80s the most striking shirt of the German team is the one worn in this European Championship, a white shirt that dramatically collects the colors of the German flag that come down from the shoulders in the shape of an inverted M of the Mannschaftt. Incredible to see the images of the two teams from Germany and the Netherlands of Gullit and Van Basten with their spectacular jerseys, both playing in the semi-final. The Dutch took the game 2-1. But equally amazing to see the German team posing in this colorful jersey.

This shirt also denotes that little by little the wounds of the horror of the Second World War were closing, as the West Germans could show their national pride through their flag again. In addition, although it was unknown when this European Championship of 88 was played, the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the reunification in 1990 was approaching.

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The Germany retro football shirts will remain intrinsically linked to the great record of this team.

If you want to give one of these historic jerseys as a gift, Retrofootball® offers you a wide range of jersey options that have marked the legendary epic of the German national team. Above this text you can visit and choose your favorite shirt that will make you feel like a player who played in the mythical Mannschaft.