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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.

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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.


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.


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?

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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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Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2013/14

Juventus, Nike, 2013/14

Heerenveen, Jako, 2013/14


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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NEW KIT PREVIEW: Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2013/14


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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You can order the 2013/14 Manchester Unit kit here.


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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Bayern Munich, Adidas, 2013/14

Chelsea, Adidas, 2013/4

Juventus, Nike, 2013/14


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.

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