Strip Club–Takeout Edition
Years after World Cup 2006, very few memories remain: Lahm’s fantastic opening goal of the tournament; Cristiano’s wink after Rooney got sent off, and Zidane’s headbutt in the Final come to mind. However one team stands out—Argentina. Looking back at the roster from the competition, there was a nice balance of veterans—tough defender Roberto Ayala in the back, captain Juan Pablo Sorín running up and down the wings and Juan Román Riquelme providing the bullets for Crespo—and youth—Mascherano and Cambiasso shielding, Maxi Rodríguez providing width and the threat of Tevez, Saviola, and Messi (barely) up top. Plus additional fringe players: Cruz, Milito, Nicolás Burdisso and Lucho González.
Argentina won the group stage, which included the 20+ pass sequence (this link includes a nifty diagram of the passing and movements) that finished with Cambiasso scoring in the Albicelestes 6-0 thrashing of Serbia and Montenegro. In the round of 16, a tense game against Mexico entered extra time and was decided by Maxi Rodgriguez’s wondrous volley.
Unfortunately for José Pekerman’s troops, their tournament ended in the next round with the quite incomprehensible collapse against Germany, a strange match in which starting goalkeeper Abbondanzieri was injured in the second half and was replaced by Leo Franco. This meant the lack of a third outfield sub prevented Argentina from getting any extra energy in the latter stages. Plus the subs were quite peculiar with Crespo and Riquleme out for Cruz and Cambiassso, while Saviola and Messi were left on bench. The match finished with a penalty shootout (the Germans aided by Jens Lehmann’s cheat sheet) and handbags between players and members of the German coaching staff. Twenty years on from Maradona’s heroics, there was to be no repeat.
I’ve wanted an Argentine jersey forever but have to this point failed to pull the trigger. Their traditional home kit of light blue and white is instantly recognizable and easy on the eye, but it’s the away kit that has always done it for me. I love the combination of the navy blue shirt, black shorts and navy or black socks, although the white shorts and socks will suffice in a pinch. When looking back at the away shirts of the last 15 to 20 years, I was drawn to the 2006 version.
In my research of the kit I found this blurb out the 2006 technology:
In the heat of the action during 2006 FIFA World Cup, some players will stay cooler than others. New Adidas kits not only feature unique and exciting designs, but equip players with the newest ClimaCool technology. Enhanced ClimaCool apparel designed through Flow Mapping ensure that these elite teams stay cool, dry and comfortable.
The accents usually don’t do it for me but in this case they provide a nice compliment to the shirt. This was at the tail end of the windsock jerseys as opposed to the skin tight versions currently, so I would definitely order a size down for comfort.