Thiruvananthapuram: In the football frenzy Kerala, houses, roads, bridges and at some places even jack fruits, were painted with Argentinian football team’s home jersey’s Blue and White stripes colour and Brazil’s home jersey’s Yellow.
Interestingly, nobody had ‘painted’ the red and white checkerboard home shirt of Croatian football team.
But as Croatia, the Balkan nation, has stormed into the FIFA World Cup 2018 finals with a stunning extra-time goal by Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic eliminating England 2-1, interestingly, we can find a government entity in Kerala ‘painted’ with the Croatian home jersey colour.
It is none other than Triveni Supermarkets.
Triveni Supermarkets and shops, since its inception, has the Croatian team’s red and white checkerboard patterns on their buildings.
Triveni Supermarkets and shops were established by the Kerala State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation with main objective of saving the public from the exploitation by retail and middleman.
Triveni markets deal with mainly in the wholesale of food and grocery, cosmetics, household and electrical, and textiles. In all, there are 195 Triveni Super Markets, Little Triveni Super Stores and Mega Marts in the state. In addition to these, they are also having 57 Mobile Triveni Stores serving at the doorstep of the customers.
The Croatia 2018 World Cup Home shirt features a bold design with large red and white checkers, with the sleeves being solid red with a subtle zig-zag knit pattern, typical of Nike’s 2018 Vapor template.
A similar zig-zag detail is applied to the checkers on the front of the Croatia 2018 World Cup home shirt.
A navy-blue Swoosh sits in the center of one of the white checkers, opposite of the federation of crest, on the chest of the Croatia 2018 World Cup soccer jersey. The sleeves of the Croatia 2018 home shirt are red, while the back is solid white.
There are very few teams that have such a distinct pattern as Croatia, which is inspired by the coat of arms on its flag.
The Croatian team stormed into the football scene in 1998 with a third-place finish in France with red and white checkerboard pattern across the entire shirt, paired with blue shorts.
However, while playing with England, the Croatian team wore a predominantly black, the Croatia 2018 away jersey features large dark navy checkers with a bit of a zig-zag border on the sides, based on the exact same template as the home shirt.
The sleeves and neck of the Croatia 2018 away kit are solid black with the former featuring a subtle waveform-like knit pattern. The back is solid black.
Yesterday, England were given a boost ahead of their crucial World Cup match when the Duke of Sussex declared football was coming home as he met Ireland’s president.
But they were seen off when Mandzukic reacted quickest to Croatian winger Ivan Perišić’s header to smash the ball past England’s Jordan Pickford.