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Euro2012 Countdown: Holland, Adidas, 1988 - the faded arrow

The greatest football shirt of all time?  The greatest goal of all time?  

The late 80’s was the golden age for the football shirt.  Adidas, worried about the challenge of hummel who were innovating in kit design for; Denmark, Sweden and Norway, introduced this timeless classic for Holland.  The faded arrow.  

Holland, Adidas, 1988

Holland, Adidas, 1988

Euro 88 was the Netherlands first and only major title and some say it was down to the faded arrow.  Marco Van Basten clearly liked the shirt, finishing the tournament as top goal scorer with 5 goals, including the above “greatest goal of all time” against USSR.  

This was made even more impressive as goals were at a premium in Euro 88.  The next highest goal scorers to Van Basten, Oleh Protasov and Rudi Völler, only scored 2 goals a piece.  

So Marco Van Basten for the “greatest goal of all time” and Adidas for the “greatest football shirt of all time” - we at the Football Shirt Collective salute you.

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