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A preview of the Arsenal shirt book courtesy of @wales_matchworn #arsenal #afc #arsenalshirt #adidas #highbury #jvc #arsenal #arsenalshirt #TheArsenalShirtBook #thearsenalshirt #arsenalhomeshirt #winterburn #1980s #adidas #highbury #shirthistory #history #afc #gunners #shirt #matchworn #match #worn

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

#Repost shirt of the day: Germany, Adidas, 1992 (goalkeeper) from @el_dejo #germany #adidas #euro92 #goalkeepershirt #adidas —- Top 3 #football jerseys of all time. This #beast from #adidas for the #Euro92 in #Sweden as worn by German goalkeeper #BodoIllgner. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful #goalkeeper shirt. #torwart #EM92 #footballshirt #fußball #beastmode #swag #trikot

Shirt of the day: Russia, Adidas, 1980’s courtesy of @ckm_broni 

V-neck.  Tick.  3 stripes.  Tick. Adidas logo.  Tick.  This is a classic.

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Shirt of the day: Arsenal, Adidas, 92 Goalkeeper shirt courtesy of Labwam

When you see this shirt you just think David Seaman.

Is this Arsenal’s greatest ever goalkeeper shirt ever?

Let us know on twitter.com/thefootballsc

My favourite football shirt - Andy Mitten

We caught up with Andy Mitten, writer for The National, FourFourTwo, M.E.N, ESPN and more, to talk; Manchester Utd red home shirts, smart black kits and Norman Whiteside making him cry.  

What is your first ever football shirt?

Manchester United’s red home shirt from 1980. I was seven, but loved that shirt worn by my first hero, Joe Jordan.

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Manchester United, Adidas, 1980 (source: Classic Football Shirts)

I didn’t have the shorts or socks and I remember a cut in the collar so I think it must have been a second, but I still wore it until it was worn out.

What is your favourite ever football shirt? 

I’ll try and not make this all Man United and I respect the iconic colours of many clubs, the black and white stripes of Notts County and Juventus, the green and white of Betis or Celtic. I don’t like the annual changes, but then I don’t buy football shirts any more.

The last kit I was struck by was Real Sociedad’s all black, Nike, away kit which they wore in the Champions League in 13-14. I saw them wear it in Lyon and it looked so simple and smart. It didn’t have a sponsor, the team played well and won their biggest game for years in front of 6,000 travelling fans.

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Real Sociedad, Nike, 2013/4 (source: footballkitnews)

I’m always struck by how smart Real Madrid look when they walk out at Camp Nou wearing all white.

What is your favourite ever goal? 

I’ve never felt as I did when Roy Keane equalised against Juventus in Turin in 1999. It wasn’t a particularly great individual goal, but for the first time in my life I felt like I was going to watch the team I supported in the European Cup final.

And that felt better than anything I’d ever felt watching football before. I know I’m supposed to say Sheringham or Solksjaer’s efforts from a few weeks later, but you can’t help how you feel. As a kid, I cried when Norman Whiteside scored the winner in the 1985 FA Cup final.

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Shirt of the day:  West Ham, Adidas courtesy of marconerli 

Ahead of the West Ham vs. Hull later tonight here is a special Adidas, West Ham kit from Nerli Ballati Marco.  It is a great picture but can you name the year?

If you have a shirt to share let us know on twitter.com/thefootballsc

My favourite football shirt - Julien Laurens

We caught up with Julien Laurens, journalist for Le Parisien, RTL, BT Sport and ESPN, to talk ugly France football shirts, La Bombonera and that Euro 2000 Trezeguet goal.

1. What was your first football shirt?

My first ever football shirt was France 1991. It was pretty ugly. It was blue with some big red stripes over the shoulders!

It was a present so I didn’t have much choice. My first PSG one followed up quickly though.

2. What is your favourite football shirt?

For me, the most beautiful football shirt ever is Boca Junior’s. I think the design and the colours are perfect. It is an iconic shirt for a very special club.

Boca Juniors, Adidas, 1981

The 1981 one by Adidas is insane, I don’t have a Boca shirt yet, simply because I will only buy one when I go to La Bombonera myself to watch a game and go to the official shop before the match.

3. What is your favourite goal?

It is hard to pick just one. But I will go for David Trezeguet in the Euro 2000 final against Italy. The work from Robert Pires on the left hand side, dribbling two players and crossing, is perfect.

Then, Trezeguet’s left foot volley is so pure, it’s magnificent. The balance of his body his outstanding. It goes right in the top corner. And obviously the fact that it is the golden goal makes it even more special.  You can watch the goal here.

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Shirt of the day: West Ham, Adidas, 1985-87 courtesy of @wretchedascrisp

Shirt of the day: West Ham, Adidas, 1985-87 courtesy of @wretchedascrisp

Who doesn’t like a side pin stripe.  We are receiving a lot of love for this season’s West Ham home kit.  Adidas have gone for the retro look inspired by the 1985-87 AVCO kit modelled here by Paul Goddard.

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NEW KIT PREVIEW: LA Galaxy, Adidas, 2013/14

Summary: LA Galaxy. have a rather tasty new shirt fresh for 2013.  The shirt is traditional white with a massive blue diagonal stripe - also known as a sash - with 2 stars above the club badge.  There are the stars and stripes of the American flag on the sleeve and dark trim dividing the shirt into different sections.  I actually think this looks like a space suit. image

LA Galaxy, Adidas, 2013

Makers: Adidas

Inspired by: NASA

Would suit: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong

When to wear: Boarding the Apollo 11, landing on the moon

Where can I get one:  You can order the 2013/14 LA Galaxy kit here from Kitbag.

What do you think of the kit? Let us know @thefootballsc

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Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2013/14

Juventus, Nike, 2013/14

Heerenveen, Jako, 2013/14

SHIRT OF THE DAY:  GERMANY, ADIDAS, 2000 COURTESY OF @ALEXEROBERTS

Another classic kit courtesy of Alex Roberts.  3 stars above the crest, green sleeves and a massive collar.  Even if it does also remind me Dietmar Hamann’s goal for Germany vs. England at Wembley.  

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Shirt of the day: VFL Bochum, Faber, 1998 courtesy of @brad147690 

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EURO 2012 COUNT DOWN: GERMANY, ADIDAS, 1992

Marcelo Salas River Plate vs Quito - 2005

Keeping up with the River Plate theme here is a class Marcelo Salas goal, that will be part of another my favourite football shirt interview coming up Friday.

This Marcelo Salas goal was for River Plate against Quito in the Copa Libertadores, 2005. 

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Shirt of the day: Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2005/6 courtesy of @kseidler1

What happens when you combine Bayern Munich fan, Gerd Müller the Bayern training ground and a Michael Ballack shirt?  

You guessed it: a Gerd Müller signed Bayern Munich - Michael Ballack shirt.   The most Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich shirt ever.  

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