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Scotland

2000-2011

scotland 2007 white shirtFailure to qualify for either Euro 2000 or the 2002 FIFA World Cup signaled a serious decline in standards and under German World Cup veteran, Bertie Vogts, Scotland suffered several heavy defeats and slumped to 86th in FIFA's world rankings, their worst ever position. After Vogts resigned in 2004, Scotland made steady progress and progressed into the top twenty of world rankings but they failed to qualify for the final stages of the European Championships or World Cup at all during the decade.

Sources:

    • True Colours 2 (John Devlin 2006)
    • SNS Pix

2000-2002

scotland 2000-02 kit

2000-2002

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scotland 2000-02 change kit

2000-2002 Change

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Designer: Fila

After an association with Umbro that stretched back almost 50 years, the SFA turned to Fila, an Italian sportswear company, for their next set of kits. Established in 1911, Fila had a long pedigree of producing sports equipment but were relative newcomers in the football kit market, to which they brought a sophisticated approach typical of Italian design. Their understated navy and white kit was complemented by a simplified crest traditional navy stockings with maroon turnovers. This last detail had considerable, if unintended, historical resonance: the most popular club colours in Scotland in the years following the formation of the SFA were navy, white and maroon.

The change kit was just as elegant, and a change of direction from the startling designs of the 1990s. The navy insets on the body and V neck were subtly complemented with a yellow border.

2002-2003

scotland 2002-03 kit

2002-2003

scotland 2002-03 alternate kit

2002-2003 Alternate

scotland 2002-03 change kit

2002-2003 Change

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Designer: Fila

Fila's next contribution, which first appeared when Scotland beat South Korea 4-1 in Busan on 16 May 2002, was perhaps less satisfactory than their previous offering, as was the performance of the national side under Bertie Vogts, the first non-Scot to manage the team. The candy stripes and inset-collar had a retro-feel to them but did not connect with any previous Scottish kit while the decision to wear predominantly white stockings was a distinct break with tradition. (A navy set with white tops was used when stockings clashed.)

The yellow and navy change kit, while perfectly smart, did not really stand out as a landmark Scottish kit: Fila can hardly be blamed for this given the SFA's willingness to embrace any and all colour combinations in the team's change kit.

Fila's contract was not renewed when it expired at the end of its three-year term.

2003-2005

scotland 2003-05 kit

2003-2005

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scotland 2003-05 change/away kit

2003-2005 Change

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scotland third kit 2004-2006

2004-2005 Third

 

Designer: Diadora

The SFA's new kit partner was Diadora, another Italian company that supplied a significant number of UK clubs. Their new designs closely resembled Fila's 2000-02 set even down to the maroon turnovers on the navy stockings. The tapered seam from collar to armpit was something of a trademark feature as were the tapered stripes on the "home" kit shorts.

A new crest incorporating the saltire cross below the traditional shield with red lion rampant and "SCOTLAND" printed above was introduced.

The white and navy "away" kit featured fashionable raised seams picked out with contrasting stitching. On 18 August 2004, Scotland unveiled their first ever third kit in amber and navy at Hampden Park in a friendly with Hungary. A heavy 0-3 home defeat was perhaps a suitable verdict on this entirely unnecessary addition to Scotland's kit locker. The "One-in-Eleven" shoulder flashes (the spotty bits at the shoulder) changed colour according to the wearer's body temperature, a valuable addition to the noble art of kit design, no doubt.

2005-2007

scotland 2005 kit

2005-2007

scotland 2005-2007 change kit

2005-2007 Change

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2005-2006 Third

 

Designer: Diadora

Diadora's 2005 designs were based on standard templates that featured fashionable asymmetric trim. A unique feature was the vertical trim on the right stocking, which must have caused some consternation in the dressing room. The choice of sky blue as a second choice colour seems almost perverse as it could not be used against teams wearing blue shirts, ensuring that the amber third kit got a few outings (as it did when Scotland beat Japan on penalties to win the Kirin Cup on 13 May 2006).

The sky blue kit was worn in Norway (who were in red shirts) in a World Cup qualifier on 7 September 2005.

2007-2008

scotland 2007-08 kit

2007-2008

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scotland 2007-08 change kit

2007-2008 Change

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Designer: Diadora

There was nothing understated with Diadora's 2007 set of kits. The new "home" outfit was all-navy with metallic gold trim. The change kit was in all-white with a pale blue St Andrew's cross on the chest, an inspired interpretation of a patriotic theme, worn for the first time against Italy, in Bari, on 28 March 2007 in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

2008-2010

scotland 2008-09 kit

2008-2009

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2008-2009 Change

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scotland 2008 third kit

2008-2009 Third

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scotland 2009 change kit

2009-2010 Change

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Designer: Diadora

2008 brought a return to tradition although the stockings would have looked better if they were reversed. The all-white change kit was retained while a new third kit, described as "cherry red" was introduced. The new kit was used just once, when Scotland were soundly beaten in Georgia, and never seen again.

"Alba" was embroidered on the reverse of the navy blue shirt below the collar, a nice gesture towards the Scots Gaelic speaking community.

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