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Thursday mash up - can you guess what football shirts make up this gem?

Shirt of the day:  Harchester United (Dream Team)

In honour of Monday Bandele and Luis Amor Rodriguez

Shirt of the day:  New York Red Bulls, Home, Thierry Henry, Adidas, 2010/11

In honour of Thierry Henry who scored his 8th goal in 8 games for New York Red Bulls vs. DC United this week.  You can watch the goal here.  

Monday mash up: can you guess what shirts make up this piece of art?

Rivaldo, AEK Athens, 2008/9

Shirt of the day: Barcelona (Maxwell)

Ahead of Barcelona taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi-final.   

Maccabi Haifa FC, Home, Puma (Taken with instagram)

Ferencvaros, 1994/95 - cigarettes and alcohol

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.

Ferencvaros, home

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.

Ferencvaros, 1994/95, home shirt

Cameroon, Home, Puma

In honour of Clint Dempsey USA Away, Nike 

Shirt of the day: Vieira Arsenal Home 1997/98

Following, Arsenal hosting Manchester City, our 2nd entry into the Football Shirt Collective has got to be the 1997/98 Arsenal Patrick Vieira home shirt.

The Frenchman was the most important signing for Arsene Wenger in his early years as Arsenal manager and was the lynchpin of the Arsenal title winning side dominating midfield battles throughout the Premiership.

Patrick Vieira Arsenal Home Kit

Arsene Wenger said of Vieira; “When you buy your first one and he is the right one it gives you a lot of credit. I arrived here with little credit and Vieira, by coincidence, had the English qualities – he could battle with anybody – and also brought something from the technical French side.

“He had a great combination of the English fighting spirit, the bravery and the technical qualities of a midfielder.

“He is probably the one who gave me most credit and time to convince people that I could manage at this level.”

We at the Football Shirt Collective hold a special appreciation for football shirts with collars and for tough tackling midfielders so Patrick Vieira and your Arsenal 1997/98 home shirt we salute you.

Patrick Vieira Arsenal 1997/98 Home Kit

There is something romantic about the kappa shirts of the 1990′s.  Ronaldo and Stoichkov in the Barca home shirt.  Platini and Liam Brady in the black and white stripes of Juventus.  Finidi George and Alfonso in the garish green of Real Betis.

This shirt was worn by the Andalusians  in the 1995-1997 seasons, before the heady days of Denilson and Joaquin but when Finidi George was in his prime.  The Nigerian winger scored 37 goals in 130 games wearing the green of Betis.

There are not many football teams that have the courage to turn their home kits into a piece of cubist art.  But Real Betis we at the Football Shirt Collective salute you.

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