This was such a tough list to put together, simply because I just LOVE football kits! KidDotCo are always open for debate, so would like to know if you agree with our list
Number 10 Czech Republic Home – 1996 – PumaThis shirt brings me back to Euro 96 – I had actually put a bet on before the tournament for the Czechs to win it outright – quite a bizarre choice in hindsight, but there was something about the team which I liked, especially Patrik Berger who was playing for Borussia Dortmund at the time. While I obviously wanted England to win – on home soil of course – I even went as far as buying this shirt adding weight to the support of the Czechs. They actually made it to the final but lost out to a ‘Silver goal’ scored by Germany’s Oliver Biefhoff in extra time… ahhh the memories!
Number 9 Manchester United Home – 1982 – AdidasThis list wouldn’t be complete with out an entry from Manchester United. As a United fan being brought up in the 80s, The home, away AND goalkeeper shirt would be on the top of my Christmas list every year. My first shirt was from the 1988 season, a little bit later than this entry. But for me this has got to be the best United shirt ever! It has a real vintage feel with a ‘V’ neck and subtle pinstripes. The 1982 shirt heavily influenced the design of the Manchester United shirt of 2015, when Adidas produced the first United kit since 1992.
Number 8 Roma Away – 1978Oh boy! This shirt is ace! Little known about this shirt or who even produced it but I believe this design was well before its time! It does have a retro 70’s Californian feel with the shades of red and orange on the chest and I believe if it was to get re-released again, it would be a huge hit with fans.
Number 7 Fiorentina Away – 1992 – LottoHow could I not include this shirt on my list? What an absolute beaut! At the start of the 1990s shirts started becoming more of a fashion trend above anything else and replica shirts were becoming more readily available. Produced by Italian sportswear giant Lotto, Fiorentina released this shirt under a cloud of controversy. While the design looks innocent enough, many were quick to spot NAZI iconography weaved through the shirt. If you look closely you will see numerous swaztikas that make up the design. Surely this can’t be designed like this on purpose, but in my humble opinion, I think its a real shame. The design, the colours, the brand, the sponsor… Bellissimo!!
Number 6 PSG Away – 1992 – NikeWith a history associated with fashion designer Daniel Hechter, it’s easy to understand why PSG have had some awesome shirts over the years and it was in fact he, who created their iconic blue shirt with red panel down the front. Ironically this shirt in our list deviates slightly from their classic look. There’s something about this shirt I just love! Nike at the time were still trying to make inroads in to the football kit scene, but this psychedelic design and colour combination – makes it an instant classic!
Number 5 Borussia Dortmund Home – 1994 – NikeRound about this time, before the rise of cable and satellite European football on TV was very limited. The best we could do was either highlights on BBC Sportsnight, Transworld Sport or Football Italia on Channel 4. This is where I started to learn more about the European game and in particular the German team Borussia Dortmund who were playing Lazio in the UEFA Cup. The shirt wowed me as no team I had known wore a shirt like it before. The game was a night match and the old Westfalenstadion was industrial, dark and dingy, yet Dortmund in their famous ‘schwartzgelb’ looked formidable. They went on to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.
Number 4 Holland Home – 1988 – AdidasThis shirt was edged out by the France shirt of 1984, but it still is up there as one of my favourite shirts ever. Worn by Van Basten, Gullit and Rijkaard in what was Holland’s biggest triumph in football, this shirt is magnificent! It felt around this time Adidas got a bit daring with how they designed their shirts. It provided a striking template which was used by West Germany’s green away and the Soviet Union’s red home shirt of that era. I like Holland’s because the bright orange colour was unique and will always be remembered as the shirt worn by Marco Van Basten when he scored the wonderful volley in the final in Munich.
Number 3 France Home – 1984 – AdidasFrance have historically had some really good kits, right up to the early 1990s before the Adidas equipment kits come out for Euro 92. (boo!) Collared shirts always feel timeless and I particularly like the use of the tricolor in the three stripes on the sleeve and the faint pinstripes adds class. Famously worn by the then European player of the year Michel Platini. Adidas rebooted this in this in the mid-2000s and made sure I got my hands on it to add to my collections! Bravo!
Number 2 AC Milan Home – 1990 – AdidasThe AC Milan shirt of this season epitomises the word ‘classy’. The no nonsense black and red stripes are an awesome combination, coupled with white shorts and white socks. I think one of the reasons I like this shirt is that I actually bought it from my local sports shop out of my birthday money. Aged only 9, I was that determined to have it, I bought the one and only size left which was a Large, and fortunate enough, it still fits me now! Off the back of a European Cup win of 1990, it had an iron on European Cup patch attached to it in a little bag. Needless to say, I wore it for most of the summer pretending I was Marco Van Basten ;o)
Number 1 West Germany Home – 1990 – AdidasThis shirt for me can never be beaten no matter how much anyone tries. I think one of the main reasons why I like this shirt so much is that it feels like it’s making a statement using the black, red and gold of the West German flag, it almost feels aggressive. Round about that time West Germany were one of the most feared teams of the decade, with the likes of Voller, Matthaus and Klinsmann all playing at the top of their game, with an air of arrogance to match. West Germany were like a machine and demonstrated their superiority with a famous 1-0 win in the final of Italia 90 against Argentina. Adidas have always managed to create great football shirts… barring the Liverpool kit of 1992 and for us this tops the lot. Do you agree? 🙂