adidas Argentina “Hand Of God” Track Top
- SERIES: WORLD CUP GREATEST MOMENTS
- MADE IN: CHINA
- MADE ON: 12/05
- ART.NO: 739879
The “Hand Of God” was a goal scored by Diego Maradona in the 1986 FIFA World Cup quarter finals game between Argentina and England. Only a few minutes into the second half Maradona a few fellow teammates were able to push the ball close in to England’s goal. As the ball flew towards the open goal, both Maradone and the goalkeeper (Peter Shilton) swung for the ball and Maradona fit it first with his left fist. The referee (Tunisian Ali Bin Nasser) was unable to see the infringement and thus he allowed the goal.
This is the story behind Argentina’s “Hand Of God” Track Top, a part of the World Cup Greatest Moment series, in which adidas attempts to revive inspiring an astonishing moments in sports history by creating apparel that pays homage to the past.
The dark navy blue cotton shell is designed quite simply, showcasing both the adidas trefoil and AFA (Asociación del Fútbol Argentino) logos on the right and left breasts respectively. In the bottom left hand corner of the jacket front is a patch showing the series. Both sleeves are lined with three stripes, two in light ice blue and the middle in white. These colors match the block letters on the back of the jacket, sewn in soft fabric, and stating “Hand Of God” loud and clear.
Shortly after his amazing yet illegal goal, Maradona is known to have said: I was waiting for my teammates to embrace me, and no one came… I told them, ‘Come hug me, or the referee isn’t going to allow it.’
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by errol