Jer­sey HOUND

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CZECH REPUB­LIC | 2018-19

SINCE CZECHOSLOVAKIA SPLIT IN 1993, the Czech Repub­lic team has donned the new na­tion’s coat of arms as its logo. But as the years went by, it also be­came legally thorny. The 2016 World Cup jer­sey had to be changed be­cause the first crest only fea­tured the dou­ble-tailed lion, not the ea­gle (that’s against Czech law). And be­cause the team’s logo was a sov­er­eign sym­bol, it was also hard to clamp down on coun­ter­feits. So now, the Czechs have a new lion, and I like it. The de­sign is at­trac­tive, and there are plenty of Easter eggs: for ex­am­ple, the eye is shaped like St­van­ice Is­land, site of the na­tion’s first ar­ti­fi­cial ice pad and first World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

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