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.

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