Danish Dynamite

The new ‘cool’ – circa 1986


Team: Denmark

Home or Away: Home

Years Active: 1986 – 1988

As Worn By: Michael Laudrup, Jesper Olsen, Jan Molby, Morten Olsen and Preben Elkjaer.

Denmark at Mexico ’86 were a stylish breath of fresh air, both on the pitch with their football and aesthetically, with this swanky Hummel styling.

The Danes became a dark horse to win the tournament after demolishing Uruguay 6-1 in the group stages, and the excitement of a potential new world order was spectacularly encompassed with this design. The silky skills of  Michael Laudrup et al seduced one and all. Now everyone had a second favourite team at the World Cup, and without exception it was Denmark.

Danish Two-Tone

The bifurcated design with a red panel on one side, and red pinstripes on a white half was groundbreaking and revolutionary. And the second strip with the design in reverse was just as cool.

Alas, it all went wrong for Denmark when they met Spain and Emilio Butragueno in the knockout stages. But following the success of the Danes at the World Cup, Hummel made significant inroads in England supplying versions of the popular design to Coventry City, Southampton and Aston Villa, but (perhaps because of who was wearing it) they never looked quite as good as the original.

This is one that kit-geeks everywhere hold dearly in their top 5 kits of all time. A total classic, and Hummel’s distinctive chevron sleeve trim remained prominent long after this kit fell out of favour.

Do you agree..? Rate this kit: A bit tragic or a total classic…?


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