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Dortmund's iconic kit has very special meaning dating back more than 100 years

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND’S black and yellow kit is one of the most iconic strips in all of football.

The distinctive combination isn’t only eye-catching, but it also has a special history that dates back over a 100 years.

Borussia Dortmund's iconic yellow and black colours have a meaningful history

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Borussia Dortmund’s iconic yellow and black colours have a meaningful historyCredit: AFP

Dortmund as a club was founded back in 1909 and for the first four years of their existence they sported blue and white kits.

But as their fan base began to grow they made a change to better represent their community in 1913.

The BVB decided to don yellow and black as their primary colours in order to reflect their working class fans.

As an industrial city Dortmund became a major hub for both steel and coal and the football team chose to represent that.

The yellow in their kit symbolises the steel industry while the black is a nod to the coal mines.

The colours also match the city’s coat of arms which feature a black bird on top of a yellow background.

Borussia Dortmund have worn the yellow and black colours ever since and have even released a number of all-black kits to pay homage to the coal and steel industries.

And on top of that the club even drew up a code of values back in 2021 that promises to never change their club colours going forward.

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As well as the commitment to not change the colours of their kit they also vowed to keep the club name the same and ensure all home games are played inside the city of Dortmund.

It comes in a period of modern football where owners around Europe have tossed tradition and values to the side in favour of modernisation and marketability.

Burnley recently ditched their old crest for a simplified badge while Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan famously tried to change the Bluebird’s home colours from blue to red in 2012.

Dortmund have previously released all-black kits to pay tribute to the coal and steel industries in the city

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Dortmund have previously released all-black kits to pay tribute to the coal and steel industries in the cityCredit: AFP or licensors
The yellow colours helped the club create the incredible 'Yellow Wall'

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The yellow colours helped the club create the incredible ‘Yellow Wall’Credit: Getty – Contributor

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