The history of Adidas is linked to that of its founder, Adolf Dassler, who began in 1920 with a small workshop in the town of Herzogenaurach in Franconia.
Adidas retro football shirts occupy a place of honour in this sport, and not only because of their importance in the 1974, 1990 and 2010 World Cups, when Germany and Spain conquered those World Cups with the clover (symbol of Adidas) in their clothing.
Certain clubs, such as Bayern Munich, are closely linked to this German manufacturer. There is also a great tradition in England, as we see in the teams of Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough, who were the first clubs to associate with Adidas in the Premier League.
These and other retro Adidas football jerseys are part of the heritage of the beautiful game, so knowing their history is of great interest to fans. Will you join us?
These facts about Adidas retro football shirts will not leave you indifferent
Although it may come as a surprise, Adidas was one of the first to launch sports boots onto the market, but its entry into the football jersey market was later.
That's why it wasn't until the 1970s that we found clubs wearing the brand's symbolic clover on their shirts. The first to do so? Suffolk's Ipswich Town and Yorkshire's Middlesbrough.
Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough, the first clubs to wear the 'clover'
One of Adidas' most iconic vintage football shirts of all time is the Ipswich Town, celebrated for being the first to reach an agreement with the German manufacturer.
During the 1977-78 season, the Ipswich Town had a very colorful design, with the blue t-shirt provided with colorful adornments in white: in the high neck and in the sleeves. It was completed with white trousers and blue socks.
The Middlesbrough T-shirt, also from 1977, was also left for souvenirs. The Yorkshire had a very original design, with red shirt with details benches on the sleeves and a thick horizontal band of the same color in the center.
He dressed the winners of the 1974 World Cup...
Among the most iconic Adidas vintage football shirts, the one used by the German national team in its first World Cup conquest also stands out.
Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Uli Hoeneß, Jupp Heynckes, Paul Breitner and other stars of the German team left their mark on history by defeating Cruyff's Holland.
Your team is now part of the history of football! It was a sober outfit, with white as the dominant colour and black motifs on the round neck, the cuffs of the long blankets and the manufacturer's logo, visible on the left side.
... and those of the 1990 World Cup
In the early 1990s, Germany had one of the most beautiful designs in living memory: the shirt was completely white, but it had a tricolour strip with the German flag and rhomboid motifs.
The show was served against Italy by Carlos Salvador Bilardo and Diego Armando Maradona, as the German team included Lothar Matthäus, Uwe Bein, Andreas Möller and Rudi Völler, under the orders of Franz Beckenbauer himself.
Needless to say, this retro Adidas jersey is one of the most beautiful in world football history.
He has been a supplier to Bayern Munich since 1974
1974 was a key date for Bayern Munich. From then until today, their players were dressed by a single manufacturer, something unusual in the world of football. That manufacturer could not be other than Adidas.
Some of Adidas' most valuable classic football shirts belong to the Munich club. The 1974 outfit was red with white vertical lines, much thinner than the current ones. The collar was round, in white, to match the details of the sleeves. A real jewel!
The 'clover', a response to the falsification of their shirts
Adidas classic football shirts would not be understood without the presence of this manufacturer's symbol: the famous clover, which is currently shown simplified, with the three stripes characteristic of this brand.
For the more curious, we will clarify that the three leaves of this symbol are an allusion to the Olympic spirit, representing the three continental plates. Its introduction was motivated by the wave of counterfeits suffered by the Dassler brand between the 60s and 70s.
In 1972, in order to stop counterfeits, Adidas launched the famous trefoil, or clover, which would become the official symbol of the company and adorn each of its sportswear.
Witnessed Spain's first World Cup victory
And if you are still wondering which are the most important Adidas retro football shirts, you should know that the Spain of Iker Casillas, Fernando Torres, Xavi Hernández, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta could not be missing in this list.
The famous tiki-taka (inheritance of the total Dutch football that Cruyff brought to FC Barcelona) marked a before and after in the world of football. In a way, Adidas witnessed its epic World Cup victory, by dressing each and every one of its players.
La Roja's World Cup shirt had a traditional red colour, with blue details around the neck and a yellow hue for Adidas' three bands. The redesigned collar was one of the most exclusive features of the new shirt. The amazing ClimaCool technology helped its players keep their bodies cool and dry thanks to the moisture absorption level of the fabric.
Along with Nike, Adidas is the only sports brand that appears among the most valuable in the world, according to the Best Global Brands study. The clover brand deserves to be in the Olympus of the world of football, due to its presence in the most important events of this sport.