We recently featured a Liverpool FC kit history provided by Turkish graphic designer and sportswear designer Emre Gultekin, and below you’ll find him moving his sights onto his country's national team.
Turkey, for most of their existence, have had one of the most recognisable examples of “colours” in international football. Much like Brazil and Argentina, amongst others, the historical combination has been simple but specific to the team. It has, however, gone through periods of variation.
The classic Turkey look is a Home shirt in white, with a red band - the latter carrying a crescent moon and a star, both in white, to replicate the look of the national flag. Many of Turkey’s Away shirts have been an almost exact reversal, crucially keeping the flag detail as white on red - either housed in a flag-like rectangle or a circle on a white band.
Much of the development has seen adidas as manufacturer, and Emre tidily represents the Brand with the Three Stripes’ adept delivery of the traditional look - a collar here and a black logo there - before the German manufacturer was able to apply some flourishes later. Along came a halved alternative kit in the 1980s, and some bolder designs apparently not even seen as templates elsewhere in the 90s. adidas even replaced the famous band with their own stripes, relegating the usually central “crest” to the breast!
The band returned for the final white releases - though red and white had by now been alternated as the dominant Home kit colour - before Nike took over and provided a whole array of styles and colours - many previously alien to the Turkish palette!
Emre’s gallery renders all the kits - Home, Away and alternate - in beautiful detail, with no rogue features like shorts crests that never were, and provides a comprehensive look at a kit history that quickly accelerated through evolution to revolution.