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Why is the German away jersey green?

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07/31/2013

It is believed that the Republic of Ireland soccer team was the first team to play Germany after World War II when many teams refused to do so. The German football association appreciated this gesture and in honour declared they would adopt a green jersey as their away jersey as this was the colours of the Republic of Ireland. This is incorrect because Switzerland was actually the first to play against the German soccer team post-WWII.

The true reason for the selection of green as the away kit color is because the use of green and white in the German Football Association (DFB) logo which makeup the colors of the football pitch.