Figures from Walker by Matthew CarterBy Sander Neijnens - Shirtnumbers

For the upcoming tournament Euro 2008, Adidas and Puma have introduced new shirt numbers. Some examples can be seen on www.footballshirtculture.com. In the Adidas numbers (e.g. Germany, Greece) we recognize the same basic forms as in the typeface Walker that was designed by Matthew Carter for the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.

But in the Adidas numbers all beginnings and endings of the strokes are rounded, which remind me of the sausage numbers that were introduced by Nike in 2000. As in the number 1 the flag is chopped of, it looks like a real Frankfurter.

Puma has renounced the numbers designed by Dalton Maag in 2006. When we look at the new numbers (e.g. Czech Republic), it appears that the strokes also have rounded beginnings and endings. Were they made by the same designer who's responsible for the Adidas numbers? Or can we conclude that there's a real sausage fashion? Or is this tournament sponsored by the international meat industry?

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1984-85 ADIDAS PORTUGAL NATIONAL TEAM HOME SHIRT SIZE M

Up for auction : 1984-85 ADIDAS PORTUGAL NATIONAL TEAM HOME SHIRT SIZE M

The seller added the following: Offered here a rare authentic and original Adidas brand Portugual National Team home long sleeved replica shirt from the 1984-1985 era. This is the original vintage replica shirt manufactured in the 1980s. It is NOT a reproduction shirt. It is NOT a retrospective shirt. This shirt is made in West Germany.

RARE WC1978 ADIDAS FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM HOME SHIRT XL

Up for auction : RARE WC1978 ADIDAS FRANCE NATIONAL TEAM HOME SHIRT XL

The seller added the following: Offered here a rare authentic and original Adidas brand France National Team home long sleeved replica shirt from the WORLD CUP 1978 era. This is the original vintage replica shirt manufactured in the 1970s. It is NOT a reproduction shirt. It is NOT a retrospective shirt.

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