Why do Germany wear white?

Have you ever questioned why Germany wears white when their national flag does not contain the color?

Germany is one of the world's most recognizable national teams, especially when it comes to the World Cup, where they almost always advance to the playoffs. Inevitably, they were eliminated in the group stages four years ago due to the reigning champions curse, and after their shocking opening loss to Japan last week, it appeared that they would be eliminated once more.

However, prior to 2018, they had advanced at least as far as the semifinals in the previous four competitions, with the only exception occurring in 1978, when there were two group stages. Along with the team, their uniforms are legendary. Their traditional white color is frequently paired with a lovely design, and their iconic 1990 World Cup winning shirt is one of the all-time greats. Intrestingly, Germany's uniform has nothing to do with their nation's flag, in contrast to nations like England, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United States, Cameroon, and many others.

The European nation uses the tricolor of red, black, and yellow but chooses to play in white rather than any of those colors. This is related to the color of the Prussian flag, which represented the state that spanned from the western border of France to the modern-day Russian border. The region referred to as the German empire had a white flag that first had a cross in the center but was subsequently changed to include the black eagle, which is still present on their team's logo. The Prussian colors were chosen when the German football team was founded in 1899, and they were retained even after the Kingdom of Prussia was dissolved over two decades later.

This is why the team dons the white kits at continental and global tournaments.

Now You Know.


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