The year-old Brazilian who designed the national team’s golden yellow shirt is exhilarated by Saturday’s last clash. Aldyr Garcia Schlee. The shirt was designed by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, whose loyalty was not to Brazil but to neighbouring Uruguay, to whom Brazil, playing in front of. When he was nineteen, Aldyr Garcia Schlee designed the yellow shirt and blue shorts that became so familiar to soccer fans.

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Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a designer, journalist and writer, was 83 and had been diagnosed with skin cancer. In Schlee designed the world-famous Brazil national football team jersey Camisa Canarinho. Today, when Aldyr watches Brazil play in ‘his’ shirt, he feels not pride but guilt.

The first time the national team stepped out in Aldyr’s strip was in March If any item of clothing is an international statement of the joy of sport, this is it.

Aldyr still lives in Pelotas. Until losing in the final match to Uruguay, the Brazilian national team used to play in white.

He yarcia various short stories and his work has been included in a number of anthologies. When I visited him there, he showed me garxia faded newspaper reports from Top Stories No easy answers to migrant issue – Javid The home secretary is chairing talks in London, as another group of migrants lands on a Kent beach.

Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat InBrazil’s military seized power in a coup. He sketched out different combinations of the colours. Shortly after winning the competition, Aldyr moved to Rio. Printable version Send it to a friend Clip. It has defined his life, but in unexpected ways.


He has a Brazilian passport, but his home is a shrine to the other country – a plaque with the word Uruguay is visible as soon as you walk through the door. Elsewhere on the BBC. These are external links and will open in a new window.

The shirt reminds him of everything that is bad about Brazilian football and of how the national team alyr been sold off by the Brazilian Football Confederation for a quick buck’. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Image copyright EPA Image caption Brazilian players observed a minute of silence to Aldyr Schlee before a friendly against Garciaa in London The man who designed the Brazilian football team’s famous yellow shirt has died.

That would only have happened if they won it three times in a row. Aldyr was given lodgings with the national squad, but he gacria it. The runner-up was alcyr unharmonious hybrid of green shirt, white shorts and yellow socks. Aldyr’s memories of are not of England v Brazil or even of Carlos Alberto’s wonderful goal in the final against Italy.

Camisa Verde e Branco G. It is a remarkable stroke of fate that a man of little national pride created the proudest national symbol of Brazil – and has a greater affection for the country that caused the need for a new shirt in the first place. In the early s, Brazilian football was still trying to forget the Uruguay match, the game that is remembered today only as ‘The Defeat’.

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The only requirement was that it should have the four colours of the national flag green, yellow, blue and white to instil the players with a sense of pride and passion. The players, he says, were ‘scoundrels, drunks and philanderers’. Before the match, which Brazil wona brief eulogy was read in the stadium and players from both sides observed a minute of schkee.


Retrieved 16 November These were the first finals shown on television in colour; the yellow shirt imprinted itself on the previously monochrome world of televised sport.

The golden years

The story of Brazil’s ‘sacred’ yellow and green jersey. In Decemberthe prize was awarded to Aldyr, a year-old newspaper illustrator living in Pelotas, a small town near the Uruguay border. Aldyr was imprisoned three times and expelled from his teaching job for ‘philo-communist activities contrary to university spirit’.

Ironically, Mr Schlee was born near the border and supported the Uruguayan football team throughout his life, including in the match against Brazil. The shy, provincial teenager soon returned home, where he became a successful journalist and academic. He was only 18 when he submitted his design garfia a national competition launched alvyr Brazil’s traumatic home defeat in the World Cup.

The competition was won by Mr Schlee, who worked as an illustrator for a provincial newspaper in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. He died on the same day the Brazilian and the Uruguayan national teams played a friendly in London. They stayed in the barracks untildelaying his doctorate by 12 years.

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In the s, he became a short story writer, twice winning the Bienale of Brazilian literature. But the strip – white with blue collars – was criticised for being insufficiently patriotic. Politics Home Parliaments Brexit.