These glorious pages from a 1979 adidas catalogue are a retro football kit delight.

The goalkeeper kits - which have featured in Museum of Jerseys’ wonderful article on that period - evoke memories of famous custodians of the time, even if the collars don’t quite stand the test of time. The outfield examples have a simple, almost naive class to them, with focus being on the restrained stripes as an identity rather than the try-hard approach we’ve seen so regularly since.

The boots section delivers equally well, including a pair featuring adidas founder Adolf Dassler’s signature - he went with the “Adi” abbreviation, perhaps wisely - World Cup special editions, as well as pairs endorsed by the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Uwe Seeler, Tangos, Sambas, and even a “Liverpool” edition with added ankle support!

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

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1979 Adidas Catalogue Pages

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1979 Adidas Catalogue Pages

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1979 Adidas Catalogue Pages

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1979 Adidas Catalogue Pages

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Comments (2)

  1. Adi fan

Had those catalogues. Was an Adidas geek back then. Wish I keot all of the catalogues.

 
  1. Puma King

Those 'Liverpool' boots are weird...they look much more like 70s/80s rugby boots. The raised "ankle support" seems like a good way to get your tibia snapped in two.

 
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