|Life After Football|
The year is 1988 and, with a Dutch league and cup double already in their trophy cabinet from days and weeks earlier, PSV were on the brink of history.
A penalty shootout was all that stood between them and a historic treble, as they faced Benfica in the European Cup Final. 6-5 Guus Hiddink’s team won on penalties that night – the greatest night in the club’s history – doing so in what is now an iconic blue and white strip. Thirty years on, Umbro are bringing this champion look back, all the way from Stuttgart in 1988.
Inspired by that monumental triumph in the history of the Eindhoven club, all the vibrancy of the that white and sky blue has been brought back to a brand new away jersey for the 18/19 season. In a year in which PSV will be defending their Dutch title, there’ll be a sense of nostalgia for older fans as they watch the class of 2018/19 run around the Eredivisie and Champions League.
With a modernised, graphic depiction of the 80’s jacquard fabric used on the original kit, designer Bryony Coates has recreated much of the magic from the history books. Playing on both the diagonal and vertical stripes of the original fabric, there are nods to the history of the newly crowned Dutch champions in every stitch, with a sign-off etched into the back of the neck that commemorates the date and location of that ’88 European Cup Final.
Look out for that staple running-diamond detailing, too, a feature that Umbro have been bringing back to their kits over the past 12 months and look to be continuing to do further. However, despite all the historical context and retro look, this is still very much a jersey made with the modern game in mind. Lightweight with breathable panels and made of a micro eyelet fabric, this is a football shirt first and a cultural piece second. Yet, you can’t have one without the other and you couldn’t have this special jersey without the magic of 1988.
It’s up for pre-order already from the psvfanstore.nl and those who take up that offer will receive their shirt in time for the 20th anniversary of Stuttgart ’88, on May 25th.