The Argentina World Cup away shirt has been released by FIFA with Lionel MESSI wearing the jersey.
With the home kit released a few months ago and the Argentina National Team already playing two matches with the sky blue and white World Cup shirt, the away shirt has been rumored to be different and the rumors are true. We had reported a few times about how Argentina’s secondary World Cup shirt would be black and Adidas confirmed that on Tuesday when they released pictures of Lionel MESSI wearing the World Cup away shirt and shorts for Argentina.
This would mark the first time that the Argentina National Team would have a black kit as the secondary shirt. It’s usually a blue or dark blue kit but not a black one. We also see the black Adidas shorts for the World Cup kit.
Historically, those who are superstitious saw (or see) the secondary blue colored shirt as bad luck. This dates back to the final of the 1990 World Cup when the team lost 1-0 in the final. The second match came in 2002 in the last group stage match where Marcelo BIELSA’s team drew 1-1 in a must win game against Sweden which saw Gabriel BATISTUTA play his last ever match for the Albiceleste as they crashed out of the World Cup. The third time was definitely not a charm and it came in 2006, once more an elimination by Germany in the Quarter Finals of the World Cup in Berlin. Most recently of course came the heart break of the 2014 World Cup final.
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We might see the team wearing this shirt in one of the upcoming friendly matches against Italy and Spain.