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Time travel: the evolution of sportswear

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Nowadays we know where our members can find high-quality training outfits that are robust, offer optimum wicking properties, are exceptionally comfortable to wear and also look great. But what was it like before, in the 19th century? We’ll take a look at the clothing that underpins your sporting performance - and travel through time. Every product available from the Lufthansa WorldShop or our Miles & More Online Shopping partners today is the result of many years of development and innovation.

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The gymnastics movement in the 19th century

The Ancient Greeks competed in the Olympic Games naked, but in the 19th century it was the gymnastics movement that laid the foundations for sporting apparel, such as sports jerseys. At first, everyone still exercised in clothes made from linen.

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The beginnings of team sports

There then followed the introduction of cotton shirts - which we would now consider uncomfortable and much too warm for sports. With the emergence of mass sports such as football, a new concept was born: the players would have to be visually distinguishable from one another. And so shirts were dyed and supplied with the players’ number and club insignia.

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Revolution in the textile industry

Sportswear was revolutionised between the 1930s and 1960s with the development of synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon and elastane - the origin of training and competition outfits as we know them today. Do you remember the stretchy, close-fitting jerseys of the 1970s? Back then, there was definitely room for improvement there in terms of comfort. Since then sportswear has been continuously improved and textile research has been carried out to analyse the properties of different materials.

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Shop for sportswear and earn award miles

Our Online Shopping partners Nike, adidas and odlo now have many years of experience behind them and produce excellent, high-quality performance clothing that is both functional and stylish.


Do you prefer not just to follow sports live and on television, but also like to be active yourself? Simply visit our Online Shopping partners and browse sports tops, bottoms, and much more. Our Online Shopping partner SportScheck and the Lufthansa WorldShop have a variety of brands to offer you for your sporting activities. With every purchase, you earn 1 award mile per every EUR 1 spent


We hope you have lots of fun with your sports and earning miles!