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Notable kits of yesteryear

spainaway94rg13 June ~ For historical reasons we won't go into here Spain have often favoured a blue shirt as their change strip. Since the late 1970s they've had more options and this fetching mostly white with Spanish flag detail number got the nod for the 1994 World Cup.

Javier Clemente's Spain played their first two games in red, conceding a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with South Korea and then drawing 1-1 with an over-the-hill Germany side. A switch to white for the third game brought a bit more zip and a 3-1 win over Bolivia to clinch a last-16 spot.

Back in red Spain eased past Roy Hodgson's Switzerland to set up a quarter-final clash with Italy. Given the record of Spain v Italy games (going back to 1934 when a Mussolini-backed Italian side smashed the team from the Spanish Republic) wearing white again was possibly a mistake. In the final minute, with Italy 2-1 ahead, Luis Enrique looked about to send the game to extra-time until Mauro Tassotti floored him with an elbow. Hungarian referee Sandor Puhl was unmoved, even as blood streamed from a broken nose and onto the no longer so white shirt, and Spain were out. Dermot Corrigan

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