Pele it was who, along with legendary England captain Bobby Moore, first brought shirt-swapping to the public's attention at the end of their FIFA World Cup match on 7 June 1970, but the first recorded incidence of it came 39 years earlier. On 14 May 1931, the French team asked to keep the jerseys of their English opponents to commemorate their historic 5-2 victory at Colombes.

After that, the tradition first really began to pick up at the 1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland.  

For over 50 years, swapping shirts at the end of the match has become an integral part of football. looks back at some of the funnier moments that this tradition has thrown up.  

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  1. fsc

It\'s not true that Pele and Moore in 1970 first brought shirt swapping to public attention. There was a notable incident at the end of the 1966 World Cup Quarter Final between Argentina and England when the players attempted to swap shirts, but Alf Ramsey stepped in due to the bad feeling between the sides. there is a famous photograph of the incident.

  1. fsc

You're right andrew.<br /><br />[img][/img]<br /><br />After the match, England manager Alf Ramsey refused to allow his players to swap shirts with the Argentines - as is traditional after the conclusion of a football match - and later described the South Americans as "animals" in the press. The Argentine press and public were outraged, and one Argentine newspaper published a picture of the official World Cup mascot, World Cup Willie, dressed in pirate regalia to demonstrate their opinion of the England team.<br /><br />You can see the incident here at 3:54<br /><br />[url][/url]

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