From Portugal to Spain: We’re (chuckle) so sorry. Really.

Oh, poor Spain. First it was the crash in the construction industry, which cratered the economy. Then it was the horrific unemployment rate, which is at the same level the US saw during the Great Depression. Then the bank bailout. Then the passage of austerity measures and a huge, coordinated protest of hundreds of thousands across the nation.

And now — the Olympic uniforms, which SB Nation says “look like ketchup and mustard had a terrible fight.” I think this looks like a fast food restaurant uniform. Would you like fries with that?

ketchup and mustard

The jacket and shoes are even better:

jacket and shoes

After athletes Saul Craviotto (top) and Alex Fabregas (bottom) tweeted these images, the internet broke down from laughter. It was made even worse by the discovery that the uniform design had been outsourced to a Russian firm, which provided the kits for free.

When questioned about the undeniable hideousness of the uniforms, Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco pointed out that “when you measure the difference between paying one and a half million of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion.” True, and surely the best illustration I’ve ever seen of the adage “you get what you pay for.” (At least the pants and blazer look normal, allowing the Spanish athletes to march in the opening ceremonies without inspiring gales of laughter in the stands.)

But the best punchline to the whole thing is this:

A HOT SELLER: The EFE reported that the “controversial Spanish Olympic uniform” is a sales success in London. The uniform supplier, Bosco, has a store in London where the uniforms can be purchased. According to the store assistant Henry Hatton, the Spanish uniforms are the “most sold in the store.” Hatton: “We know that in Spain there is a big controversy over the uniforms. But since they started talking about them in the press, the sales have increased.” The entire Olympic kit can be purchased for ยฃ130 ($204).

So, the Russians may have bad taste, but the British are even worse — and they’re paying for it.

(Hat tip to my brother-in-law.)

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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13 Responses to From Portugal to Spain: We’re (chuckle) so sorry. Really.

  1. Liam says:

    They really do look like ketchup and mustard had a terrible long lasting fight. Apparently the american uniforms were done in China. Well I do understand the need to keep the cost is lowest possible you don’t do your countries proud olympic uniforms in any other country but you’re out its just wrong
    Off topic but I’m really enjoying your pictures from your visit to Oregon. Sounds like you n your mom had a good time

  2. Lilaine says:

    Looks like they applied some random-design color-mixing software to the national flag with a mosaic-like pattern, or something. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Whatever, if their Olympian Team is anything like their Soccer Team(Magnifique! chapeau! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), they who laugh last, laugh best.
    And it’s ketchup, mustard … and mayonnaise!

    • Lilaine says:

      Olympic Team might be more appropriate, though they probably all are Gods of the Stadium. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Hoping the athletes will have(cash) some kind of bonus for their performances, at least.

  3. Sandie says:

    It’s not how you look, it’s how you play the game, right? We have a big controversy in the US about our snazzy uniforms made in China!

  4. James Haney says:

    Oh Grud!!!!!

    I wonder if the Spanish really get th4e fact that the Russians decided to take the piss outta them and send their rejected McDonalds Uniforms ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Paulo says:

    I heard Ronald McDonald is going to be carrying the flag, but it could be just a rumor.

    The first photo is priceless. Caviotto does not look happy.

  6. OEx, you do not sound (chuckle) very sorry, really! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually like the shirt, but nothing good has ever come from wearing red pants. So if the pants were either black or white, these outfits would be much improved. And since black pants would make them look JUST like a fast-food uniform, white it most definitely should have been. Oh well, too late now.

  7. Ana_รฑ says:

    Donโ€™t be sorry, dear Portugal; our special Power Rangers team has an infallible strategy. We are going to win because the rivals will be distracted laughing their asses off, dazzled or out of pity.

    I think there isnโ€™t any controversy at all in Spain, but unanimous dislike and good jokes. Some of us will be wearing these clothes in the next protest so as to be even more visible filling up the streets.

  8. Inge says:

    I still think it looks more like a pizza.. jummie..

  9. Milemuncher says:

    So even the expats in Portugal feel they have to take pops at the Spannish neighbours! Just found your blog and will follow from now on. We share a love of Portugal and Apple macs, if nothing else. I look forward to your future posts.

  10. thenewjo says:

    hillarious outfits…. can’t wait to see them at the olympics ๐Ÿ˜‰

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