Football fashion of the 90s: gold and lizards, Novotný on Agassi

It was a time of colors, a time of twists and turns. The characteristics of the unforgettable 1990s were reflected – of course – in the lifestyle of football players. May their hairstyles, gold chains and all kinds of bizarre outfits be a symbol, as we say today. Remember them as part of the Football Ninety series.

They called him Agassi after the extravagant American supertenist. He also won a not entirely football poll. “Dad was voted the greatest guy in Sparta,” recalls Nicole Novotna.

His father Jiří, the record holder for the number of league titles, of which he accumulated fourteen with the colossus Letna (so yes), could therefore be a symbol of football fashion in the 90s.

“I remember from a very young age that you rode that awful way,” Nicole told her mother, Petra.

She remembers very well an exceptional moment. “I think in ninety-three or four years, we met a designer, and she dressed us all. We were behind the models,” Ms. Petra laughs. “Durable and mini, it worked” , adds Nicole.

The ladies relaxed for Sport magazine to comment on the fashion habits the 1990s became famous for.

“It just came to our knowledge at that time. They were all liberated, they could express their style. You wanted to be a punk, so you were, I thought it was great. It was more free , more relaxed, now I think everyone looks too screwed up, they think a lot about themselves We were a band and the clothes belonged to them Also footballers were always the ones who defined the style Everyone looked at us, I went there with my father and everyone said: Yes, Jirka Novotný, begins the model Nicole, the wife of hockey player Vladimír Sobotka. everything comes back: down jackets, lacquers, carrots, white socks”, he describes.

Let’s try to divide the flight of footballers in the last decade of the last century into three divisions. Clearly the most visible were hairstyles, then jewelry, with the third installment in the series being clothing.

Hairstyles? Muletka

The hairstyle is a clear legend. In front of the business, behind the party. Or maybe in Jarda Jagra. “Muletka was called that too,” Nicole said. It is a haircut with a short cut at the top and long hair at the back.

It was worn by virtually every footballer, perhaps the most prominent being tough defender Miloslav Penner. He was famous for his three runs with three clubs in three consecutive seasons, but also because he had a real “comedy” on his head, as Ivan Horník would later name football games.

“Even today, sometimes it works at a hairdresser: I want to go to Jagra. According to him, Jirka didn’t have it, but according to Agassi,” Ms. Petra recalls.

In addition, the gentlemen had their heads painted – in short, everything was in full swing. “I kept making highlights,” Petra recalls.

Even Horst Siegl had a real “cover”

Novotny was far from alone. Almost everyone joined: Slavists Pavel Kuka, Pavel Novotný, Patrik Berger, the Hradec Králové team were like brothers in T-shirts (but that actually applied to the whole league), Spartans Lumír Mistr, Martin Frýdek, Horst Siegl.

The last also came with the original designation, the hairstyle called lizards. “Probably because they were crawling in the back,” said Ms. Petra. “And suppose they continue to do so,” adds Nicole.

Another option, especially for boys with less hair, was a net in the back that fell to the neck. Sparta and national team defender Petr Vrabec wore this parade.

“But by the end of the 1990s, the boys had gradually moved on to the Back Street Boys,” recalls Nicole. The members of the American group had longer hair on top and styled it along their faces. In the Czech Republic, they served as a model.

Channels of all kinds

Another hallmark of football was gold. Everywhere – and a lot. “Maybe they thought the more gold you had, the more human you were,” laughs Nicole. His father, for example, wore a long earring in his left ear, and that was also Agassi’s inspiration.

“It was a lot and it was terrible,” says Nicole. “It didn’t seem strange to anyone then,” mum adds. “It just came to our knowledge at that time. Dad wore five chains around his neck, then his arms. They were dudes,” the girl smiled. was pretty ugly,” smiles Ms. Petra.

Ideal for shopping were trips to the Arab world. Sparta went to Dubai, the national team went to the Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia in December 1997. Vladimír Šmicer won a silver ball for the tournament’s second top scorer, but certainly also gold. Christmas was approaching and it was necessary to replenish its own provisions.

However, also at home, gentlemen have found a popular place to look for shiny ornaments. “It just came to our knowledge at that time. There was a goldsmith’s shop on Rytířská Street and they bought it there,” Ms. Novotná recalls.

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The third topic is, of course, clothing. Players in tracksuits went “to work”. “Or in the rumble,” says Ms. Petra. “White sneakers. It looked like a jumpsuit. Dad still has it. They calmly went and steamed in sweatpants,” Nicole adds.

But not always. When sportswear stayed at home, various creations took place. Big jackets, big pads, big jeans. After all, the jerseys were also in larger sizes. “It just came to our knowledge at that time. At that time everything was worn out, ”says Ms. Petra. Shopping was done mainly in Nuremberg, the ladies of Sparta had a favorite small shop in Říčany.

“Jirka didn’t do any errands, I had to. He knew what he wanted, but I kinda steered him,” Petra recalls. “So you made all the designs for him?” Poor dad , he had an injury,” replies Nicole. “We all had a chance,” laughs Petra.

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