No different from the incessant football club rivalries across other Latin American countries and Europe, Brazil’s in-state derbies have been known to bring out the worst in the country’s ardent fans, perhaps never more so – as São Paulo’s ongoing, and all-too-often tragic, football violence has shown – than when proud supporters wear their kits in enemy territory.
Enter the rapidly approaching World Cup which, for all the bad press and anxiety surrounding it, is a timely opportunity for fans to set aside bad blood and support the Brazilian national team as one. Banking on local fans to embrace this happy medium, São Paulo state’s Palmeiras, Corinthians and Santos – along with other Brazilian teams – have released bright yellow versions of their strips so that, in the best spirit of peace off the pitch, supporters can unite behind the country’s attempt to become six-time champion. Here’s hoping the hybrid kits help rival fans celebrate football together in peace and harmony.
Corinthians and Santos, R$229.90 (nike.com.br); Palmeiras, R$249.90 (adidas.com.br). Online and in sports shops citywide.