In 1998, Mexico reached what would become one of the most memorable and entertaining World Cups the game has ever seen. But while El Tri didn't go far in the tournament, they would be remembered for one very special reason… their kit.
It's a design that has cemented the shirt as one of the true greats among collectors - and one that has been faked by many and sold on to unsuspecting buyers countless times over.
Well, it’s back! Aba Sport have re-released the famous shirt, and Cult Kits spoke exclusively with Aba Sport director Jorge Lankenau about the jersey's origins and why he thinks it’s time for a return.
CK: ABA Sport is known most widely in the UK for being the brand behind one of the most famous World Cup jerseys, the 1998 Mexico national team jersey. However I believe the brand first started to make soccer jerseys back in 1990 - could you give us a brief history of the brand and how it started?
JL: Well it all started when my father, Jorge Lankenau Rocha, acquired the Mexican club Monterrey in the early 90s. His take-over of the club meant he was looking to make some changes to the club’s uniform such as the team’s badge/shield as well as other design changes. Although the kit was made my Adidas at the time, we set out to create our own design and simply have the Adidas mark added, therefore respecting the contract between club and manufacturer. Unfortunately Adidas weren’t happy with this arrangement.
Monterrey was already strongly affiliated with our company - The Abacus Group, (which included foreign exchange, insurance and motor services) discussions took place to form another arm of the company – Aba Sport.
When the contract with Adidas finally came to pass, Aba Sport set about creating the shirts for my fathers club with a mindset of commercialising the shirts, making them accessible to all fans. Previously fans had only been able to get hold of a shirt through players themselves.