Germany team will retire number 44 and modify numbers 4 and 14 due to similarity to the Nazi symbol – La Opinion

Germany team will retire number 44 and modify numbers 4 and 14 due to similarity to the Nazi symbol – La Opinion


The German national team and the brand Adidas They announced this Monday that The shirt with the number 44 will be removed from the market that the national team will use in the Euro Cup, as well as They will redesign the 4. Both decisions were made after criticism they received for the similarity of the numbers with Nazi symbols.

The 44which fans could choose for their t-shirt, resembles the forbidden SS rune. Besidesthe number 4 is reminiscent of the simple rune of victory, which during the Nazi regime (1933-1945) was the emblem of the Hitler Youth, reported this Monday the newspaper BILD, the most read in Germany.

The similarity was detected on social networks and strongly criticized.

The DFB explained to the newspaper that it is “in talks with ’11Teamsports’ to develop an alternative design for the number four typography and then officially adapt it in coordination with UEFA.”

The number 14 will also be changed, Indian. No player will wear 44, as the shirts will be numbered 1 to 23 at the Euro Cup.

In the last friendly matches of the German team in France (0-2) and against the Netherlands at home (2-1), the Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah wore number 4 and debutant Maximilian Beier, number 14.

Bild wondered how it was possible that the DFB had not noticed earlier the resemblance to the SS symbol, to which The German Football Federation replied that it verified the numbers 0 to 9 and then sent the numbers 1 to 26 to UEFA for review. Both tests were approved, he stressed.

“None of the parties involved saw any proximity to the symbolism of National Socialism in the process of developing the t-shirt design,” he said, but added that “only public discussion that there could be visual proximity is enough for a process of change to begin“.

Previously, Adidas spokesperson Oliver Brüggen had explained that it was not the sporting goods company, but the DFB, that was responsible for the design of the numbers.

“The DFB and its partner 11Teamsports are responsible for the design of the names and numbers,” he said, according to BILD.

In any case, Adidas has removed number 44 from the online store and this number is no longer listed for sale in the official DFB store either.

In recent weeks, Adidas and the DFB have appeared in the media headlines several times. First with the presentation of the new shirts, since especially the pink and purple away kit was a topic of conversation in Germany.

During the match against the Netherlands, Jonathan Tah wore number 4 and the kit was criticized for the color and shape of the number.
During the match against the Netherlands, Jonathan Tah wore number 4 and the kit was criticized for the color and shape of the number.
Credit: Martin Meissner | AP

However, with the impetus of an advertising campaign, it achieved the best sales start for a DFB jersey.

A few days later, the DFB announced that it was changing its kit supplier for more than 70 years, Adidas, to the American Nike starting in 2027, sparking some criticism for an alleged lack of patriotism in society and among some ministers, such as the vice-chancellor. , Robert Habeck, and that of Health, Karl Lauterbach.

*With information from EFE.

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