Le Coq Sportif 'Italy 82'

Ah the World Cup. Despite it's controversies of late and the fact we should probably be enjoying one about now, it's a tournament unlike any other. A footballing event that spans generations and decades of die hard fans, passing spectators and just about everyone when your country's playing. World Cup's tend to really capture the imaginations and can often be someones first glimpse into the beautiful game, with kits, goals, stadiums and matches living long in the memory.
1982 proved to be no different. A tournament that seemed to tick all the boxes. Exotic sun soaked location, tick. A bevy of talent assembled from across the globe, tick. A menagerie of colorful kits each imbued with the hopes of a nation, tick. That's before you even get to the events that unfolded at the tournament itself. David Narey's toe poker against Brazil for Scotland - giving us the fleeting hope we could humble one of the greatest teams to have played the game.  Zoff in goal and Baresi at the back sweeping up with Rossi up top banging them in for the Azzuri, The Brazilians with Zico & Socrates putting on a show - that Socrates rocket against the Soviet Union my word! Kevin Keegan's perm and those Admiral kits for England, Maradona's first world cup, tense penalty shoot outs, wild tackles - You've got yourself a world cup there alright.

If you're unfamiliar with it FIFA have rather nicely uploaded lots of it free of charge to Youtube to watch - open a tab and check out - . It's a refreshing watch to see two titans of the game at the absolute peak of their powers. Brazil & Italy on their way to glory duking it out end to end (albeit with pass backs) playing what many describe as one of the best world cup fixtures to date a real high watermark event.  Rather than the (sorry to the tacticians and 'Students' of the game out there) dull possession based affairs we're served up on the regular live satellite broadcasts... 

Anyway we digress, getting back to business and the reason we're sat here typing out this article. Le Coq Sportif honour the 82 champs Italy with a capsule drop consisting of two tee's (home & away of course) as well as a Italia colourway of their much loved R1000 running sneaker.

Turning our attention to the jerseys first of all LCS present a clean, restrained & all together contemporary re working of those understated elegant shirts the Azzuri wore. Constructed from 140gr 100% cotton with a subtle cuffed sleeve with the left arm calling out the Italian flag tri-colour. A Silicone badge sitting on the left hand side commemorates the win, whilst a flocked (nice touch!) Le Coq Sportif logo sits on the right hand side of the chest whilst a suitably 80's 82 silk screen printed graphic sits central and on the back in place of a squad number. - Knitted and dyed in France - Made in Morocco.

There's you look, going full Marco Tardelli after finessing a (artificial) daisy cutter into the back of the net at 5's in your new Le Coq Sportif calcio gear...

Le Coq Sportif Italy 82 (H)
Azzuri Blue/Italian Tricolore
Price: £55.00

For the away execution, a jersey that the Azzuri wore in a memorable match against the Le Coq Sportif kitted out Cameroon - who's technicolor kits also deserve some praise it has to be said, outstanding efforts.  We see the same execution but in white with Azzuri blue flashes.

Le Coq Sportif Italy 82 (A)
White/Azzuri Blue
Price: £55.00

The Le Coq Sportif R1000 perhaps the rooster's flagship running shoe has been a staple on our shelves for years. This year see's Le Coq Sportif celebrate 30 years of their DYNACTIF cushioning that makes the R1000 such a comfortable wear. So it only makes sense to drop some special editions. Offered here in a make up that reflects the iconic colours of the Italian football team with white and Azzuri blue forming the base whilst the Italian tri-colour adds some regal detailing. Leather wraps and suede overlays block out the upper with mesh underlays on the toe box, tongue and midsection provide a contrast in textures. Gold Embroidery on the logo and a custom ITALIA logo and tongue labels really dial in the inspiration. 

Le Coq Sportif R1000 'Italy 82'
Azzuri Blue/White/Red/Green
Price: £130.00

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