These 1978 adidas catalogue pages are simplicity itself. Barely a frill in sight, the most significant flourish in the modelling comes from the dashing chap playing the referee’s role.

Trefoil, no adidas wordmark, sleeve stripes is the order of the day on the teamwear kits. Slight variation in the necklines - v-neck or contrast wrapover - is perhaps tied in with having long or short sleeves, but Johan Cruyff would have been itching to remove a stripe on the Netherlands-style shirt, evocative as it is.

If you wanted boots in any colour other than black, you’d come a cropper. But the availability of soft and hard ground - and Samba - options, along with various stripes colours, means there was something for every amateur player of the time.

Thanks to Jimmy from The Glove Bag - tgbjimmy on Twitter - for bringing this to our attention.

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1978 adidas catalogue pages part 2

1978 adidas catalogue pages part 2

1978 adidas catalogue pages part 2

1978 adidas catalogue pages part 2

Frontline Football

Comments (4)

  1. Kevin Cheesecake

That ref is a dead ringer for Ruud Van Nistelrooy..

  1. Mal

The Penarol boots are similar to “Franz Beckenbauer.” For Adidas training wear, I preferred Adidas Kick. Sadly, you can’t get them now!

  1. Zaul

Could the shorts be any smaller? They surely must have come close to breaking some kind of social decency laws


The blue shirt is practically the same one that Birmingham City wore in the late 70's.

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