In 1989, Hungary emerged from behind the iron curtain, and perhaps there is no better symbol of that embrace of capitalism than this multi-sponspored Ferencvaros shirt.
The cigarette company, West, appear to win the battle for the greedy supporter’s eye, but it should be noted that Holsten muscles its way onto the kit no fewer than three times (front, right sleeve and back). It is fitting that even the manufacturer, Grand Sport, is another tribute to globalisation, being the leading sports manufacturer in Thailand.
The shirt itself is from the 1994-95 season, which would go on to be a very successful year for Ferencvaros. Club legend Péter Lipcsei led the drive for the title with 14 goals, and at the end the ‘Fradi’ were crowned champions (or if you prefer, bajnokok).
Lipscei would spend the next few years abroad during an unsuccessful spell at Porto, and Ferencvaros would also prove to be bad travellers, being on the receiving end of a couple of hammerings in the Champions League. They did save at least some face, though, with a creditable 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Albert Stadion.
To finish on a high note, here is some footage of the lads modelling the 94/95 shirt during a 2-0 win over Nagykanizsa, all accompanied by the soothing tones of Faragó Richard.