Mexico coach favours white jerseys

Updated: 16 September 2007 18:23 IST

National team manager Hugo Sanchez will replace Mexico's traditional green home jerseys with white ones.

Mexico coach favours white jerseys

Mexico City:

National team manager Hugo Sanchez will replace Mexico's traditional green home jerseys with white ones, because he claims, green blends in with the turf too easily, affecting the visibility of players on the field.

In a country where "put on the green" has become a catch-phrase for soccer fans, the decision is likely to be controversial.

"The impression it gives from the outside is that there are fewer players in green jerseys, than would be if they had jerseys that contrasted" with the field," Sanchez told the local radio program Pasion W.

"Given that the colors of the flag are green, white and red, I told them (officials) that I would to love play the majority of matches in white, with the second (away) uniform being red, all red."

Mexico's national team currently wears white jerseys in away matches.

But on Wednesday, in a 3-1 loss in a friendly match with Brazil, Mexican players wore white uniforms.

Some have speculated that Sanchez favors the change because white is the uniform color of Real Madrid, where he played from 1985 to 1992.

Sanchez said he already has discussed the change with Mexican federation officials said he hoped the change will become official for tournament matches by earlier next year.

And added that he expected the change to have a "tremendous" impact.



Topics : Football
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