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Shirt of the day: Real Madrid, Adidas, 1986 courtesy of Steve Dore

As Ronaldo hits 10 goals in 4 games for Los Merengues here is a classic Real Madrid shirt courtesy of Steve Dore.  

This kit is one of the Adidas re-issues of the Real Madrid shirt from the Emilio Butragueño era.


Shirt of the day:  Real Madrid, Adidas, 1986 courtesy of Steve Dore

If you have a spare 10 minutes this morning check out the video below of El Buitre (the vulture) scoring some ridiculous goals.

Saturday quiz. Can you name all the shirts? First to get them right. Is. The. Winner. #quiz #footballshirt #football

My first Southampton shirt - Simon Peach

We caught up with Simon Peach, sports journalist for the press association to talk classic Southampton shirts, Eric Djemba-Djemba and missing world cup wondergoals.

1. What is your first football shirt?

Southampton’s home kit from 1995-97, when Matthew Le Tissier, Francis Benali, Jason Dodd and Co ruled the roost.

Southampton, Pony, 1995-97

I loved this shirt when I was a kid, so I was more than a little chuffed when my gran got me the adult version from a car boot sale a few years back. Plain, simple - a classic.

2. What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

I fell in love with a little club called Siena a few years back when I went to see them with a friend from the city.

A dinky little ground, hardly any fans and classic players like Enrico Chiesa - what’s not to like?

Siena, MEGS, 1990s

They have, sadly, fallen on bad times recently, so I love this natty number even more than before.

My Odense shirt with Djemba-Djemba on the back was second place, with a golden Botafogo shirt not far behind.

3. What is your favourite goal? 

I would have probably said James Rodriguez at the World Cup, given I was fortunate enough to be there at the Maracana. However, I only caught it coming off the underside of the bar as I was sending an email. Yeah, I know… 

With that in mind, I will say Pajtim Kasami’s ludicrous first-time strike for Fulham against Crystal Palace. One of those that makes you swear aloud in the press box.  You can watch that goal here.

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Shirt of the day:  Ajax, Umbro, 1996 courtesy of Robert Playle.

Who remembers this Ajax, goalkeeper shirt courtesy of Robert Playle on our Facebook page.  

My favourite football shirt - Richard Johnson

We caught up with Richard Johnson, one half of the magnificent Football Attic to talk kits for Christmas, Maradona cradling the World Cup and bidding for shirts on eBay.

1. What was your first football shirt?

That would be Coventry City’s 86/87 shirt…the one they went on to win the FA Cup in.

I had only gotten into football that summer, being entranced by the World Cup and the excitement of the knockout stages. Prior to that, the only real football exposure I’d had was the 85/86 Cup final, which I watched because half of my family are from Liverpool…which actually makes me realise I had had a football kit before the Coventry one!


Coventry, 1986

Years before, my brother had received a “Liverpool kit” for Christmas … I added the quotes there as I don’t believe it was an official kit.  There was no badge and it certainly wasn’t Umbro or Adidas … in fact, I’m pretty sure it was from a market stall, so I don’t really count it.

… So after falling in love with football courtesy of Mexico 86, I had to support my home team and when my birthday rolled round, my parents took me to Highfield Road one misty morning to get my 11th birthday present. I wrote about it in more detail here

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

That’s an easy one … despite my love of wacky designs (Denmark 86, Holland 88 etc), my overall favourite shirt of all time remains the one I first set eyes on back in that summer football got hold of me.

Just after the World Cup had finished, I purchased my first ever Shoot! magazine with a WC review in.  On the front cover was Maradona cradling the World Cup trophy, wearing the gorgeous blue and white striped shirt that would beguile me to this day.


Argentina, Le Coq Sportif, 1986

The two things (and this demonstrates how incredibly obsessive I am about this stuff) that hooked me were the fact the central stripe was white and not blue - a rarity for Argentina - and that it was made from an airtex material.  Yes. I really do love a shirt due to the inclusion of holes.

In addition to the holes, it just looked gorgeous in the Mexico sun, especially in the final against a West Germany team in their vibrant green shirts.

It is one of my life’s aims to own one of these shirts and I recently had the chance as one came up on eBay.  Alas it went for somewhere around £5K, which was approximately £4900 above my budget.

Interestingly enough, I subsequently found out who purchased it…a bloke who owns a Racing Club museum in Argentina and has loads of match worn shirts.

I wrote about my life long quest to find this shirt here though since then I have since purchased a replica that’s nearly identical (even down to the neck tag!)

3. What is your favourite ever goal?

Another easy one.  While a lot of Coventry fans would choose Keith Houchen’s diving header, for me it’s the goal that was crowned Goal of the Century.

Maradona’s second against England in the 86 World Cup 1/4 final.  It may seem as though I haven’t watched anything beyond 1987, but Diego’s weaving run and sublime finish has yet to be beaten in my eyes.

While the occasion and the opposition make this goal extra special, the sheer skill and artistry elevate it above anything else.

The deft touches, the speed and the hint of a touch to flick the ball into the net just sum up everything about why football truly is the beautiful game.  You can watch that goal here (from 0:45).

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My favourite football shirt - James Taylor

We caught up with football shirt loving New Yorker, James Campbell to talk Italia 90, topper kits and “set piece theatre”.

What was your first kit?

My first football shirt was the 1990 Italy shirt, probably purchased in the spring before the World Cup. 

As perhaps for many people my age, Italia ’90 was a massive turning point in my appreciation of the game and all that comes along with it. “Made In Italy” by Diadora, the shirt was essentially identical to that worn by Italy at the previous World Cup. Imagine a host nation today not cashing in on the occasion with a brand new kit!


Italy, diadora, 1990

1990 was the last major tournament before the introduction on shirts of names and front numbers, and before the FIGC allowed a manufacturer’s logo to appear on the national strip. It is pure perfection simply cannot exist nowadays.

In Italy they still refer fondly to those World Cup matches as “notti magiche” after the official song of Italia ’90, when the Azzurri suffered the first of several painful penalty shoot-out defeats. Though it’s a size XL Boys, I wore this shirt for every Italy match during the 2006 World Cup: the victory was worth the wait.

What is your favourite kit?

While the afore-cited Italy shirt is probably my true favourite, ironically I’d actually intended to buy this Brazil shirt, only to find it had been replaced by a new version with a different collar. Like Italy in the same period, the Brazil kits made by Topper saw only minor changes between the World Cups of 1982, 1986 and 1990.

I’d always been a fan of the ’86 shirt, and so I held out for almost nineteen years: when I finally got my hands on it in 2009 it was the first time I’d ever even seen it in the flesh. It even came adorned with Zico’s number ten on the back.


Brazil, Topper, 1986

Since commercially sold shirts were rarely personalised in those days, I suspect it came from the CBF kit room — and may have been prepared for the Flamengo legend himself. Discreetly positioned next to the Jules Rimet Trophy is a tiny Cafe do Brasil logo — a rare case of advertising on a national team shirt. But what I love most about these kits is the care in the colours: a proper sunshine yellow that darkens with sweat (the shirt is a polyester-cotton blend), forest green trim and azure shorts (not royal) with the little white stripes.

The Seleçao have won two more World Cups since ending their relationship with Topper in 1991, but they’ve never looked so good. 

What is your favourite goal?

Choosing your favourite goal is a bit like choosing your favourite song: a tormenting and frankly impossible task, but one which grown men cannot possibly resist.

When faced with this assignment, my mind went flickering back to the 1994 European Cup Final in Athens, a match that remains among the finest I’ve ever watched. Milan’s precise demolition of a strongly fancied Barcelona was so immaculate and emphatic that the goals have tended to be overshadowed by the performance.

When the game is mentioned, Savicevic’s lob over Zubizarreta just after half-time is invariably replayed. Yet it’s Massaro’s goal the other side of the break that I will always remember. It lasted 47 seconds, featured thirteen passes and involved eight of Milan’s outfield players before the Italian forward’s left boot brought the move — and the contest — to a devastating close.  

“That second goal alone contained more virtue than most entire matches,” wrote Richard Williams in The Independent, later comparing it to “a great set-piece of cinema.”

Whether or not the goal had been storyboarded by Fabio Capello remains a mystery, but certainly Milan’s leading men had been perfectly cast — and they knew the script by heart. 

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It is Friday quiz time and this week we have done a goalkeeper special.  

So we have had some feedback that the Friday quiz is too easy so we have added a couple of rare shirts to the mix this week.

You know what to do.  Name the kits.  First to get them all right is a winner. 

As England prepare to play San Marino at Wembley here is an awesome England, Umbro, 1986 shirt courtesy of @mcfc_shirts.

It was worn by a Manchester City player in 1986. Can you guess who?

My favourite football shirt - Dan Levy

We caught up with Dan Levy, sports editor of France 24, to talk blue arrow Arsenal shirts, AC Milan kits and “chest and volley” world cup goals.

What was your first football shirt?

My first kit was an Arsenal late-80s home shirt: red torso, white sleeves, made by Adidas with JVC as the sponsor.


Arsenal, Adidas, 1982 (source: onlinearsenal)

I had quite a few of the Arsenal away kits as well, including that preposterous early-90s yellow one with the blue arrows plastered all over it. The only player name I’ve ever had on a shirt was Ian Wright, number 8, on the back of a blue, mid-90s, Arsenal away kit.

What is your favourite football shirt?

I can’t really think of one that stands out, apart from the aforementioned Arsenal blue-arrow monstrosity, which I do quite like … For no particular reason I think I’ll say the AC Milan home kit - the ones from the 50s and 60s look cool, I also love the 2000-2002 version.


AC Milan, Adidas 2000-2002

I feel like I’m supposed to romanticise old football shirts, and the Arsenal ones from the 70s are great, but I really like the modern look of many kits as well.

What is your favourite goal?

It’s Maxi Rodriguez for Argentina against Mexico at the 2006 World Cup, a game-winning, extra-time volley. It came in the 98th minute. Captain Juan Pablo Sorin receives the ball from Lionel Messi and chips a cross-field pass from left to right towards the corner of the penalty area.

Maxi doesn’t bring it down; instead, he thumps the ball up in the air with his chest, in the direction from whence it came, and hammers it into the top far corner with his left foot. It’s at the World Cup; it’s a match winner, and, arguably best of all, Maxi is actually right footed. He later credited his grandfather for encouraging him to use both feet. 

But I think what does it for me is the power and the beautiful arc of the shot, that thrilling fraction of a second it takes to fly in.

Also, there is a special place in my heart reserved for chest-and-volley goals. For me, they’re the ultimate. When people fantasise about scoring a winning goal at a World Cup as a kid, it’s chest and volley they’re dreaming of, right? For any youngster who saw that Maxi Rodriguez effort, it must be.  You can watch that goal here.

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Another great Germany, Adidas, 1992 goalkeeper shirt courtesy of @waltonyeah #adidas #germany #goalie #gk #euro92

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Ahead of a brilliant favourite football shirt article coming up tomorrow who remembers this Maxi Rodriguez volley vs. Mexico in the 2006 World Cup.

"… It came in the 98th minute. Captain Juan Pablo Sorin receives the ball from Lionel Messi and chips a cross-field pass from left to right towards the corner of the penalty area.

Maxi doesn’t bring it down; instead, he thumps the ball up in the air with his chest, in the direction from whence it came, and hammers it into the top far corner with his left foot.”

Look out tomorrow for the full piece.

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