Adidas, Nike, Umbro, Fila, Kappa and many more manufacturers have left their mark on the world of football. But the Puma brand deserves special mention, due to the audacity of its designs, which accompanied clubs and teams today mythical.
Japan in 1992 and Morocco in 1998 were not only famous for their record or sporting performance, but also for the attractive retro Puma football shirts worn by their stars.
The same was true of Eintracht Frankfurt and Atletico Madrid in the early 1990s, not to mention English clubs with a long history, such as Leeds United, or South American teams such as El Nacional of Quito.
These and other Puma retro football shirts remain in the memory of fans (as well as occupying the showcase of a sports museum). As it will be revealed in the following lines, the feline of its logo marked an epoch in the combinations that dressed their equipments, to which more iconic.
These retro Puma football shirts left an indelible mark on this sport
To the surprise of Puma fans, the origins of this brand are rooted in those of Adidas, a brand that began with Adolf and Rudolf Dassler in 1924. However, a confrontation in 1948 led to the separation of the two brothers, one of whom, Rudolf, founded the Ruda brand, which would soon be renamed Puma.
Although Adidas' success was greater, Puma's retro football shirts became unmistakable due to their attractive and avant-garde designs. But which are the most emblematic?
Puma T-shirt of the Eintracht Frankfurt, 1991
Although he finished the local competition with a discreet third place, the 1991-1992 season was special for Eintracht Frankfurt, not so much because of the performance of historic players like Ralf Weber, Alessandro da Silva, Frank Möller or Marek Penksa, but because of the second team they wore.
It surprised by its geometrically inspired design in shades of red, white and black, with a star on the lower right and half a star on both shoulders. The advertiser was Samsung, but the big surprise was in the back, where the dorsal appeared with a pronounced inclination.
Eintracht Frankfurt wore one of the most daring retro Puma football shirts in living memory.
Japan T-Shirt, 1992
A glorious list of honours and an unforgettable design went hand in hand with the clothing that Puma designed for the Japanese national team in 1992.
The Japanese side, which featured such stars as Tsuyoshi Kitazawa, Tetsuya Asano, Masashi Nakayama and Takuya Takagi, managed to reach the final of that year's AFC Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia.
But in addition to this important title, the design of this retro Puma football jersey broke all the established rules: on the white color that dominated Japan's second team, there were several rows of triangles that crossed vertically, on a linear pattern of blue color, also present in the right sleeve.
Never before had such a design been seen (and thanks to the Japanese team's triumph), Puma was an indirect winner of that edition of the Asian Cup.
Atlético de Madrid Puma T-Shirt, 1991
The winner of the King's Cup for the 1991-1992 season wore one of the most memorable outfits, and not for the peculiarities of its design, but for the influence of its president, Jesus Gil y Gil, in Spanish society.
With the legendary Luis Aragones as coach, Atlético de Madrid wore a retro Puma football jersey with Marbella advertising, which they would not abandon until 1999.
In its eleven names such as Bernhard Schuster, Futre, Aguilera, Donato Gama da Silva and Vizcaíno, which are an indissoluble part of the history of the mattress club, stood out.
Morocco National Team T-shirt, 1998
Zidane's French outfit was not the only one to go down in history during the 1998 World Cup. Also the Moroccan selection has managed to transcend by the showy design of its second equipment.
Puma made a simple t-shirt with the traditional colours of the Moroccan team, but with unmistakable details, such as the red band that runs through the equipment from sleeve to sleeve, with the manufacturer's logo and number in the middle. The turtleneck had a very attractive design, finished in point, with green and red tones.
With players such as Tahar El Khalej, Youssef Chippo, Rachid Azzouzi, Salaheddine Bassir and Mustapha Hadji in their eleven, Morocco qualified for this edition of the World Cup with 5 wins and a draw, a very positive balance in six games.
T-shirt of El Nacional de Quito, 1994
Nacional de Quito is one of the legends of Ecuadorian football. Founded in 1964, this club wore a Puma retro football jersey as its first outfit. His peculiar aesthetics did not leave anyone indifferent.
To make the outfit for El Nacional de Quito, Puma seemed inspired by a shining sun, with a pattern of concentric stripes in the club's traditional red and blue colours. The neck, rounded with a truncated tip, wore a very striking red.
For this reason, the 1994-1995 season was special for the Ecuadorian team, remembered for the performance of José Pabón, Agustín Delgad, José Echeverría, Pablo Amaya and Hector Chiriboga.
Puma T-shirt of Leeds United, 1998
Under George Graham, Leeds United finished the 1998-99 season fourth in the Premier League, with a discreet role in European competitions.
However, the Leed United of the 1990s is immortal thanks to the retro Puma football jerseys he wore during those years. Its design, predominantly white in colour, had blue and yellow details on the edge of the sleeves and on the high neck.
The row of 'pumas' that makes the sleeve lines in blue stands out. Its advertiser, Packard Bell, is already part of the nineties history of Leeds United.
The Elland Road turf witnessed this beautiful outfit, worn by Nigel Martyn, Jonathan Woodgate, David Hopkin, Alan Smith and Matt Jones, among other players of the English team.
In view of the above, there are many retro Puma football shirts that are part of the history of this sport.