Hmm, I’m not sure how much I agree with this list, and it’ll probably spur me on to do loads of similar lists of Top 5 English kits of the 80s and crap like that, but anyway, here we go:
5. Germany Home shirt, Italia 90.
I don’t really remember Italia 90 apart from playing with a mini football I’d gotten from McDonalds in the back garden. But I always thought Lothar Mattheus was the best player in the world, and being ‘the Sweeper’ was the coolest position ever. I guess this kit played a large part in those memories.
4. Italy, USA 94.
I’d just been to Rome a few months before this World Cup kicked off, so I was sooo into Italy ahead of this tournament it was untrue. I even bought myself a ‘Forza Italia’ scarf from a street-seller (and only later realized that it was the name of Berlusconi’s right-wing political party). Baggio was probably my favourite player ever. I had the cheap version of those Diadora boots, and always wanted this kit, but never bought it. I’m still hunting down a cheap one on eBay now.
3. Juventus, early 90s.
Again, as a massive Baggio fan I thought this kit was the coolest thing in the world. Danone also seemed to be the Rolls Royce’s of the yoghurt world, and at this stage I’m pretty sure Kappa was a fairly elite brand more in the mould of Lacoste than the pile of shit it quickly degenerated into. Everything about this kit is class.
2. AC Milan, Away kit 93.
I love plain white jerseys for how simple they are, and they always seem so soft to the touch. Like, even if it rained, the material wouldn’t get all horrible and make you feel cold like normal polyester ones, it would still feel like you’d get straight up and do more slide tackles. I didn’t have this kit, but I had the Italy Away shirt from the 98 world cup and it looks like exactly the same material.
1. Holland Home Shirt, Euro 88.
Wow, all of these shirts are from the heyday of football before Nike got involved with their shitty designs of the same kit for every team, but just changing the colours around… I hate that shit. To be honest, I don’t think this is my favourite kit, but I’m a real hypebeast when I gets down to it, so this has got to be top of the list purely because of the goal van Basten scored in it, and also the fact that it goes for about £200 these days.
Oh, and a special mention for anything Eric Cantona ever wore. What a guy.