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Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup Trivia

Since Germany is playing today, today's question is, why did West Germany choose Green as the colour for their away jerseys?

Update: Congratulations to 604 Plonker who pretty much nails it in the comments. I've never seen an official declaration that the story is true, but if Wikipedia is to be believed, West Germany wore green because Ireland was the first nation willing to play a friendly match against their side after the end of World War II. However poor results over the years in the Green jerseys have led them to be considered bad luck by the Germans, so now the unified German team has reverted to red for their away jerseys.

Time to see if Trinidad and Tobago can pull off a shocker against Sweden.


  • It's the colour of the Green Party??? Or they just want to blend into the soccer field so they don't get pelted?

    By Blogger talk talk talk, at 1:58 PM  

  • Something to do with Ireland being kind enough to.... ermmm.... be the first to play them after the war, or something to that extent? I know it had something to do with Ireland being kind to Germany, although I'm not sure of the timescale.

    Could have looked it up on Google, I guess, but that wouldn't have been fair, now would it?!?

    By Blogger Devon Rowcliffe, at 12:40 AM  

  • Yes, that is correct 604. Post updated with the answer.

    To be fair, the story is not officially confirmed (as far as I know), and I have seen it said that green was just chosen to match the colour of the turf so it is possible Talkx3 is right, although most sources I've seen, accept the Irish explanation.

    By Blogger Declan, at 9:05 AM  

  • T&T!!

    By Blogger Simon, at 9:45 AM  

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