German sporting goods giant adidas is throwing it back to 2006 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of the company’s most iconic soccer kit templates.
The Teamgeist template featured heavily at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as adidas outfitted several high-profile nations with it, including runners-up France, hosts Germany, Japan, Argentina and Spain.
Now, the company is bringing it back in 2021 for nine club teams it outfits in Europe and South America.
“The revived Teamgeist collection is a fantastic way to celebrate such an iconic design. Many fans sill remember that era around 2006 and feel comfortable, and excited, when seeing the remakes because it triggers such memories.
“At the same time, the Teamgeist era and its characteristic designs are highly fashionable again. This makes it so easy to adapt also for the ones which were too young to witness the 2006 magic by themselves, but they know and love the styles from back then.”— Juergen Rank, Senior Design Director, adidas
The Teamgeist jersey template is instantly recognizable because of the colourful inserts that swoop out from the stand-up collar, down the sides and around the back. Piping also adorns the collar and sleeve cuffs.
The 2021 Teamgeist jerseys won’t be worn in official matches, and are classified as “training wear” in some clubs’ online shops. The jerseys are part of a broader collection for each club that also includes sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, jackets and sweatpants.
UPDATE: While not a Premier League match, Arsenal’s under-15 academy team wore the club’s Teamgeist shirts in a match on Thursday, Dec. 2. Many of the players were born in 2006, the year the template debuted. Gold sponsor logos were added to the redcurrant shirts along with white numbers on the back, and they were paired with white shorts and redcurrant socks.
The Teamgeist line also included the official match ball for the 2006 World Cup.
adidas has partnered with Japanese magazine Shukyu to help launch the new Teamgeist line. “A one-off, limited-edition version of the magazine – launching in early 2022 – will feature the new collection through a series of lifestyle imagery shot on models, artists, tastemakers and football culture enthusiasts. As well as images of the new collection, the magazine will also feature interviews with legends from some of the respective clubs, including Oliver Kahn, Rio Ferdinand, David Trezeguet and Shunsuke Nakamura, discussing how the game has changed while looking back on their careers.”
Feature photo courtesy adidas