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Facts About Hummel
Hummel are most famous for the great designs they produced in the ’80s and for the association with the Denmark national team.
The company was actually founded in Germany, and the first team they made a kit for was MSV Duisburg in 1968.
Hummel is German for bumblebee, and the bee and chevron logos have appeared on some of the best, the most interesting shirts the game has ever seen.
Harki: Well, let’s take a look. The place to start has to be with Denmark who began wearing Hummel shirts in 1979.
Doug: After 12 years apart, they will return to wearing their kits for the 16/17 season.
Harki: They incredibly won Euro ’92 to get the shocking world champions Germany in the final wearing this shirt which is about as rare as a John Jensen goal.
Doug: With Peter Schmeichel putting in some blockbuster performances in this legendary goalkeeper shirt with a rainbow-colored pattern. Amongst the many great Denmark Hummel shirts, there is one that stands out and is one of the most iconic football shirts of all time.
Harki: The 1986 World Cup home shirt. The half design with white and red pinstripes on the body and sleeves made a stunning shirt that was nothing like that had been seen before.
Doug: The Danish dynamite exploded onto the scene in their World Cup debut in Mexico with Michael Laudrup laying the fuses for Preben Elkjær Larsen to detonate. They beat Scotland, Uruguay and West Germany before blowing up in the second round against Spain.
Harki: The away shirt worn in the Spain match was a reversal of the colors to make a white shirt. This design wasn’t exclusive to the Danes, though, and it popped up in England that-
Doug: Fell apart. Yes, Aston Villa won promotion back to the top flight under boss Graham Taylor wearing it. He did like that.
Harki: At Southampton, where Alan Shearer made his debut wearing it and became the youngest player to score a hat trick in the first division.
Doug: Reigning FA Cup holders Coventry City didn’t get a full house, but did achieve their highest ever league finish coming seventh in 1989 wearing it.
Harki: The Sky Blues actually beat Tottenham who were wearing the Hummel shirt in that FA Cup final. Maybe it was because Spurs didn’t know if they fancied a Holsten or not.
Doug: Spurs got to wear possibly the best Hummel design English football ever saw though.
Harki: The ’85 home shirt with the pinstripes and chevron designs on the chest is an ultimate classic.
Doug: Made famous by the likes of Glenn Hoddle, Ossie Ardiles, Chris Waddle-
Harki: And Diego Maradona.
Harki: Yes, Diego wore this great shirt for Spurs in Ossie Ardiles’ testimonial.
Doug: Clive Allen was a real star and he scored an incredible 49 goals as Tottenham chased a domestic treble. What are you doing?
Harki: I’m doing the glide novel.
Doug: He did have shorts on, you know?
Harki: Did he?
Harki: This looks good. Come on, let’s do Diamond Lights. You be Chris Waddle. Diamond lights, so bright. The crazy gang also got stuck into Hummel wearing this shirt when Vinnie Jones and co. were the FA Cup holders.
Doug: Before Fash bashed around defenses in the 89/90 shirt in which The Dons celebrated their centenary.
Harki: Sunderland wore Hummel in the 1992 FA Cup Final.
Doug: While Graham Benstead did his best Peter Schmeichel impression for Brentford. Hummel were producing great designs on the continent too. No one more so than with Real Madrid who wore their shirts for nine years.
Harki: With Mexican striker Hugo Sánchez scoring overhead kicks for fun as Los Blancos won five La Liga titles in a row in shirts such as this with the classic Parmalat sponsor.
Doug: Midfield maestro Rui Costa made his debut for Benfica in Hummel.
Harki: While Swiss outfit Lugano penned a deal with the manufacturers, and the ink wasn’t dry on the contract when they won the ’93 Swiss Cup wearing this.
Doug: We would have to agree with a sponsor on this Red Star Belgrade Hummel shirt.
Harki: Over in Italy, Udinese could afford to shop in the millionaire market and add Oliver Bierhoff up front in this kit.
Doug: Hummel were taken over by Christian Stadil in 1999.
Harki: Under his influence, the brand shifted its focus towards fashion and karma.
Doug: Can you go and put some shorts on now, please?
Doug: They had made kits for nations from football’s backwaters before, but now they dare to go where other brands wouldn’t.
Harki: Producing shirts for the forbidden Tibetan national team who wore this amazing design despite being banned from playing competitive matches by FIFA, and they also produced kits for war-torn Afghanistan.
Doug: Hummel were again showing they could do something a bit different.
Harki: With grey crowned cranes flying across the Ugandan shirt.
Doug: Putting Zanzibar in more leopard print than cats later.
Harki: And donating 8% of their sales of this Sierra Leone shirt to save the children.
Doug: Hummel have shown their support for all the charities, producing special Breast Cancer Awareness shirts for Las Palmas and Real Valladolid.
Harki: And supporting the fight against homophobia with the rainbow flag on the cuffs of this season’s St. Pauli away shirt.
Doug: They made the shirts for Emmy-nominated show FC Zulu in which 60 nerds trained for three months to take on FC Copenhagen.
Harki: Could have provided the perfect shirt, sorry, tuxedo, for the red carpet.
Doug: While Spain’s oldest club, Recreativo de Huelva, wanted to see how they would look in polka dots.
Harki: There you have it. Those were our favourite shirts made by Hummel over the years.
Doug: I’m sure you’ll agree that Bumblebee brand have produced some of the best and most unique football shirts of all time.
Harki: Which one was your favourite and did we include everything?
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