Kosovo wore a special edition kit for their Euro 2020 qualifier against England on Tuesday night, as the two sides slugged it out in an eight goal thriller at St Mary’s.
Combining the colours of Kosovo’s home, away and third kits in blue, black and yellow, at first glance the shirts looked like they had been produced by Adidas but closer inspection revealed they were the work of Geneva based firm Fourteen.
The bright yellow trim on the black and blue patterned shirts pays homage to the Kosovan flag and really stood out under the floodlights on an exciting night of football at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.
Having been admitted to UEFA as recently as 2015, and FIFA a year later in 2016, Kosovo have so far exceeded expectations in their first qualifying campaign for a European Championships.
Unbeaten in 15 matches and on the back of an impressive victory over the Czech Republic, Tuesday night’s fixture represented the first international between Kosovo and England.
Kosovo gave Gareth Southgate’s men the toughest test of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and opened the scoring on just 34 seconds as Valon Berisha seized on a Michael Keane error to slot past Jordan Pickford.
England then raced to a 5-1 first-half lead before Kosovo answered back through Berisha’s 2nd and Vedat Muriqi’s 55th minute penalty to give the home crowd a nervous finish.
A special edition one-off shirt that resists the plainness of so many designs in international football, Kosovo’s kits from Fourteen are our fortieth Kit of the Week.