Umbro Celebrate Streetwear & Soviet History With The Unforgotten Drop
The Umbro Unforgotten collection celebrates the forthcoming Russian World Cup with a Soviet inspired streetwear drop.
With this summers world cup now at the 50 day mark, Umbro have decided to pay homage to one of Russias all time greats and in the process, bring to light one of the most interesting stories about a world cup.
The Umbro Unforgotten collection tells the story of when they persuaded the 16 teams competing to wear their kits. However the only team not to don the diamonds were the Russians. At the time, Russia, known as the Soviet Union had the best goalkeeper in the world, Lev Yashin. Known for his superb athleticism and cat like reflexes, Yashin was known as the black spider due to the fact he constantly wore all black and he played like he had 8 limbs.
Umbro have released this collection, partly inspired by the greatest ever goalkeeper but also partly to show the world what the Soviet kit could have looked like all the way back in 1966. Cleverly split into two parts, the first part of the collection is a colourful homage to the Russian flag with the writing in the style of the Russian Cyrillic alphabet. The second part is the ‘Lev’ collection and is predominantly all black as a tribute to the great man himself.
As well as this, the collection features 14 dots on the garments to represent the teams who competed, however, there is one dot singled out from the rest; the Soviets who refused to wear Umbro’s design and as they so often do, did it their own way without any help from anybody.
There is a mixture of track jackets, casual bomber jackets and football inspired tees to enjoy from the collection which also features a holdall and a ball as accessories.