Kit of the Week #78: Wolves’ Pay Tribute to Portugal

Wolves edged out Leeds United on Monday night whilst wearing their popular Portugal style 3rd strip.

Honouring their contingent of Portuguese players and staff, Adidas’ alternative kit clearly made Nuno Espírito Santo’s men feel at home as they beat Marcelo Bielsa’s men 1-0 at Elland Road.

Portuguese international Ruben Neves in Adidas’ 2020-21 3rd kit

It’s not the first time Wolverhampton Wanderers have released a kit in the national colours of one of their players, with last season’s Mexico themed shirt paying tribute to striker Raúl Jiménez.

And it was number 9, Jiménez who was the hero again as his long-range deflected shot wrong-footed Illan Meslier to score Wolves’ winner.

Raúl Jiménez was made to feel at home in this 2019-20 change strip

Adidas’ new Wolves third kit takes inspiration from the darker, burgundy shade of red often worn by Portugal, with shirt and shorts trimmed in the traditional green which extends to the colour of the socks.

Wolves are not the first club to bring out a kit in the colours of a player’s homeland, and oddly, Dundee’s sky-blue and white striped tribute to Claudio Caniggia springs to mind when thinking of others!

This is a really smart strip from Adidas and Wolves, in a deep red pallette we’re seeing more and more of across football kit designs.

The colour scheme has the added advantage of really taming that big ugly sponsor too and we’re certainly in favour of that!

Burgundy and dark green was a winning combination for Wolves on Monday night

Third kits are increasingly giving clubs and manufacturers a platform to be playful and we can only imagine how much Wolves’ Portuguese players will appreciate the gesture the club are making here.

Classy stuff this.

Wolves captain Conor Coady in Adidas’ Portugal themed 3rd shirt

What other club kits in national team colours were tributes to players or supporters?

Please let us know in the comments section below!

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