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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?

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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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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 

NEW KIT PREVIEW: Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2013/4


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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Shirt of the day: Manchester United, Umbro, 1992-4 and Adidas, 1990 - 92

On the day that Phil Neville returns to Old Trafford as part of the David Moyes back room staff we have two classic Manchester United kits from the early 90’s courtesy of @GavinC85.

Shirts of the day:

  • Manchester United, Umbro, 1992-94  (Left)
  • Manchester United, Adidas, 1990-92 (Right)

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Summary: Disgusting stuff from the rossoneri with a vile colour scheme matched by a fake pocket, presumably there for keeping fake pencils, fake pens and fake businesscards in.

AC Milan, Adidas, 2013/14

Makers: Adidas

Inspired by: A sense of grandeur

Would suit: King Midas/Auric Goldfinger

When to wear: On the set of a glamorous film shoot

Where can I get one:  You can order the 2013/14 AC Milan kit here

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Summary: The boys at Adidas have come up with a white number for the meringues, throwing in a black and gold trim for fun. No doubt the lads will be down on the training field next season, hammering away at the pavlovas as they try to claim back la liga.

Real Madrid, Adidas, 2013/14

Makers: Adidas

Inspired by: Eton Mess

Would suit: Princess Michael of Kent

When to wear: Any formal occasion at Buckingham Palace

Where can I get one:  You can order next seasons Real Madrid shirt here.

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CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Mexico, Adidas, 1986 - Hugo Sanchez

In 1986, Mexico achieved their joint best finish in a world cup – and it’s no surprise when they were wearing this stylish Adidas shirt.

The classic three stripes are in their usual position along the arms, whilst the eye is mostly drawn to the massive logo in the upper breast position. All of this powered the La Verde to the quarter-finals, where they went out on penalties to West Germany.


Mexico, Adidas, 1986

The master at wearing this shirt was star player Hugo ‘Hero’ Sanchez, shown here in a film emotionally narrated by none other than Michael Caine.

Mexico missed out on the following world cup in Italy through disqualification, having fielded over-age players in the 1989 youth championships. But they have since found their way to the other world cups, as well as going on to trouble the top of the impeccably well-calculated Fifa rankings.

To finish, here’s Baddiel and Skinner helping Manuel Negrete recreate his wondergoal against Bulgaria in the second phase, whilst wearing the white away shirt. 

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Shirt of the day:  Flamengo, Adidas, 1981 courtesy of @jj__williams 

Collar. Check.  Retro. Check. Iconic. Check.  Brilliant kit.

Funnilly enough this Flamengo kit is Fernando Duarte’s favourite football shirt

Where can I get one?:  Subside have a pretty nifty 1995/6 Flamengo shirt you can order here.

My favourite football shirt - Amy Lawrence

We caught up with football writer Amy Lawrence to talk fancy dress competitions, vintage Milan kits and falling off the sofa watching George Weah.  

What was your first ever football shirt? 

My first football shirt was a mid-1970s Arsenal home shirt. It had classic simplicity - red, with white sleeves and trim, cannon, that’s it. The full kit came with huge, billowing Alex James style shorts and red socks. I was around 5 years old, and recall wearing it to a fancy dress party.

It was not the most inventive outfit compared to some of the others on show (although you didn’t find many 5 year old girls pretending to be footballers in those days). But I won the fancy dress contest, purely because the judge was an Arsenal fan. Some of those with glitzier costumes were not impressed.

What is your favourite ever football shirt?

Hmmm. I’ll go for AC Milan of the mid-late 80s. During an era when English clubs were banned from Europe in the aftermath of the Heysel disaster, and few foreign matches were televised, Serie A’s glamour was striking.

That Milan vintage, with the likes of Marco van Basten, Franco Baresi et al resplendent in silky red and black stripes, had quite an aura. 


AC Milan, Adidas, 1980’s

What is your favourite goal? 

Impossible to pick one. So here are a few. George Weah’s virtuoso goal versus Verona (1996) has stuck in my mind ever since I watched it on Channel 4 and it made me actually fall off the sofa. He picked up the ball in his own penalty area, sashaying the entire length of pitch, past a string of opponents, to score. Such power and elegance.

As for goals I saw in the flesh, all my favourites seem to be as memorable for their intense drama as their skill in execution. Michael Thomas winning the league in stoppage time at Anfield (1989) is a personal choice.

also loved Fabio Grosso’s goal in the Germany v Italy World Cup semi-final (2006), Dennis Bergkamp’s for Holland against Argentina in the World Cup (1998), and Zinedine Zidane’s strike to take France into the European Championship final late into extra time against Portugal (2000). In crazy circumstances he proved that even a penalty can be awe inspiring. 

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Classic Israel, Adidas football kits

Israel almost qualified for the 1958 World Cup, after a series of boycotts from Muslim states left them on top of their group.

They were then forced into a playoff against Wales, which they lost. But the Blue and Whites were undeterred, and only 12 years later qualified in more traditional style for Mexico ’70.

Israel, Adidas football shirt

Whilst there, they lost to Uruguay but drew with Italy and Sweden.  The highlights from the latter match include a remarkable Israeli dive after twenty seconds, and an interesting ‘broken nose or broken arm, which is it?’ reaction from the Swedish keeper at 1:56. It looks hot out there, so no wonder these boys were forced to put on their reduced length shorts and celeste coloured shirt.

The Israeli long ranger came from Mordechai Spiegler, fomer NY Cosmos strike partner for Pele, leading scorer for the Israeli national team, and recently voted 105th greatest Israeli of all time.

Israeli success in qualifying was more than those fellows in the Asian Football Confederation could take; in 1974 they asked Israel to qualify via the rivieras of the Mediterranean, rather than the oases of Arabia.

Oy vey why not said the lads down at the IFA headquarters in Ramat Gan, and so it was that they packed their bags for a future travelling round the endless football fields of the west.

Anyone in the UK unsure as to whether to support Israel’s inclusion in European qualifying stages need only look at this match from 1993, where aided by Eyal Berkovic’s mesmerism and Ronny Rosenthal’s dribbling, they broke 65 million Gallic hearts. Allez les bleus (et blancs).

Where can I get one:  Order your Israel, Adidas, 2012/3 shirt here

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Shirt of the day: River Plate, Adidas, 1999 (Pablo Aimar) courtesy of @johnnybvby

"My uncle hooked me up w a match worn Pablo #Aimar jersey from 99’.  #priceless #RiverPlate #Millionario"

We at the Football Shirt Collective say yes!  

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