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Cuba's Fidel Castro used to rock the three stripes
Cuba's Fidel Castro used to rock the three stripes
Uwe Ritzer

MUNICH — The past snuck up on Adidas last spring when it issued a retro jersey for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia that copied the last Soviet Union national team shirt. It included the USSR lettering and breast emblem with the hammer and sickle. Given the millions of victims of the Soviet dictatorship, some asked whether Adidas would also soon be offering a German jersey with a swastika. Others were outraged because the company was selling the shirt as a "Russia" retro jersey. even though the Soviet Union included other territories.

Adidas corrected the exclusively "Russia" retro jersey mistake immediately, but the shirt itself was not removed from potential selections. It's one thing to have a clash in taste, but a retreat from Adidas would have been tantamount to denying its own history: During the Cold War, Adidas was enormously active in the USSR. In addition, Socialist brother states wore Adidas. Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro liked to get a lot of his garments from the country's Olympic athletes wardrobe and, especially in his latter years, traded in his olive-green combat uniforms for Adidas tracksuits.

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