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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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 golden years Brazil’s yellow shirt, the most distinctive and romantic in all sport, is 50 years old. 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.

Four years later, Brazil finally won the trophy. That would only have happened if they won it three times in a row.

The shirt reminds him of everything that is bad about Brazilian football and of how the national team ‘has been sold off by the Brazilian Football Confederation for a quick buck’. In a interview Schlee said that during World War II he personally witnessed German-Brazilian farmers in a chain gang, arrested because they had been caught speaking their native language when the Brazilian Vargas government had summarily prohibited anyone from speaking it; [4] the author explained how it shocked him and caused a lifelong impression on him, to see those men being paraded single file through the city of Santa Cruz do Sul where he lived at that time.

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.

Brazilian — Uruguayan international relations and the literature of Schles and of Brazil, with further specialty in works produced by authors from the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In Decemberthe prize was awarded to Aldyr, a year-old newspaper illustrator living in Pelotas, a small town near the Uruguay border.


The story of Brazil’s ‘sacred’ yellow gwrcia green jersey. He enjoys rereading these articles, but, in truth, Aldyr is indifferent to his creation. The players, he says, were ‘scoundrels, drunks and philanderers’. Scblee they were prevented from wearing what was now their lucky strip in the final; their opponents were Sweden, one of the few countries also to play in yellow.

That unexpected and traumatic defeat led to a crisis of national identity. He had to abandon plans for a career in the diplomatic service and was banned from leaving the country to study in Holland. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Shortly after winning the competition, Aldyr moved to Rio. Retrieved 16 November They stayed in the barracks untildelaying his doctorate by 12 years. Aldyr’s memories of are not of England v Brazil or even of Carlos Alberto’s wonderful goal in schled final against Italy.

Schlee died on November 15,a week before his 84th birthday, [2] and on the eve of a Brazil vs. Image copyright EPA Image aldtr Brazilian players observed a minute of silence to Aldyr Scchlee before a friendly against Uruguay in London The man who designed the Brazilian football team’s famous yellow shirt has died.

More than 30 years later, it is impossible to look at the Brazil top without recalling alydr marvellous team. The man who designed the Brazilian football team’s famous yellow shirt has died.

Inon the day he was due to hand in his doctoral thesis on ‘national self-determination’, an army wagon was waiting at the university door to impound all copies.

These are external links and will open in a new window. Brazil’s triumphalism confirmed Aldyr’s loathing of his own country. In Schlee designed the world-famous Brazil national football team jersey Camisa Canarinho. A competition was launched to find a shirt that would use all four colours of the national flag: Meanwhile, his shirt had become an icon whose high point was the World Cup finals in Mexico, where Brazil won the schllee for the third time.

His literary universe is the borderland between both countries – ‘an attempt to overcome the dividing line,’ he says. He died on garciia same day the Brazilian and the Uruguayan national teams played a friendly in London.


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The shirt was designed by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, whose loyalty was not to Brazil but to neighbouring Uruguay, to whom Brazil, playing in front ofhome fans, had lost the World Cup Final.

Daily news briefing direct to your inbox Sign up for our newsletter. The shy, provincial teenager soon returned home, where he became a successful journalist and academic.

But the strip – white with blue collars – was criticised for being insufficiently patriotic. But it did not bring them good fortune in that year’s World Cup finals, in Switzerland – Brazil were knocked out by Hungary in a violent quarter-final. In the s, he became a short story writer, twice winning the Bienale of Brazilian literature.

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In alydr early s, Brazilian football was still trying to forget the Uruguay match, the game that is remembered cshlee only as ‘The Defeat’. Brazil football stars Neymar and Marta in ‘battle of the jerseys’. 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.

He wrote various short stories and his work has been included in a number of anthologies. Related Topics Brazil Uruguay. The first time the national team stepped out in Aldyr’s schle was in March Ironically, Mr Schlee was born near the border and supported the Uruguayan football team throughout his life, including in the match against Brazil. Views Read Edit View history.

Retrieved from ” https: More on this story. He sketched out different combinations of the colours. Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a designer, journalist and writer, was 83 and had been diagnosed with skin cancer. Yet his books sell much better in Uruguay than in Brazil.

Today, when Aldyr watches Brazil play in ‘his’ shirt, he feels not pride but guilt. Gazeta do Sul Newspaper: