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50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, as judged by experts

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever

No matter whether you call them shirts, kits, jerseys or uniforms, the experts at The Football Attic, True Colours and Design Football have compiled a comprehensive list of the 50 greatest soccer jerseys ever.

The experts, which include John Devlin, Chris Oakley, Rich Johnson and Jay (from DesignFootball.com) went through thousands of shirt to come up with the top 50.

If you enjoy football shirts and want to find out more details, here is how. Firstly, to find out why and how these 50 shirts were picked, subscribe to the Football Attic podcast. Secondly, read the Football Attic website to find out where the experts analyze each of the 50 shirts.

Out of the top 50, there is a little here for everyone. Everything from lower league teams, World Cup winners to remarkable designs and more.

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever: 50 to 40

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Netherlands 1996

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Hull City

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Germany

no47

no46

no45

no44

no43

no42

no41

50 greatest soccer shirts ever: 40 to 30

no40

no39

no38

no37

no36

no35

no34

no33

no32

no31

30 to 21

no30

no29

no28

no27

no26

no25

no24

no23

no22

no21

20 to 11

no20

no19

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Aberdeen

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Celtic

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Ipswich Town

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Hull City

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Italy

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Manchester United

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Boca Juniors

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Wales

Top 10

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, England

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Africa Unity

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Newcastle

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, France

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Juventus

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Liverpool

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Denmark

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Netherlands

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, England

50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, Germany

 

What is interesting about the list is how the national team shirts rule over club jerseys. For example, only 30 percent of shirts in the top 10 are club teams.

Another observation is the lack of shirts in the top 50 from the biggest clubs in the world. For instance, there are not many from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Out of the top 50, so many of these shirts are creatively designed. Whether you call them shirts or jerseys, they are things of beauty. No matter what team or country you support, we can only marvel at the designs.

When it comes to the list of 50 greatest soccer jerseys ever, what is your opinion? Did the experts miss any? In conclusion, be sure to tell us about the 50 greatest soccer jerseys ever in the comments section below.

 

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. hi

    March 14, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    there are so much better kits then that like psg pink and purple, juve third kit 2021, spurs pink and whitish grey

  2. garret

    July 7, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    tottenham jersey?

  3. ProjektPat

    July 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    The 97-98 Mexico jersey isn’t on this list?? GTFOH!!!!! Aztec calendar on the jersey made it an instant classic, and much better than a lot of these jerseys, this list sucks ass, for a better list check out Complex’s 50 best kits of all time, much better list.
    https://www.complex.com/sports/2013/11/best-soccer-kits-all-time/

  4. EDER

    February 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    ARE WE SURE THIS IS NOT THE TOP 50 MOST HORRENDOUS KITS EVER? EXCEPT ITALY AND ARGENTINA, THE REST ARE HIDEOUS…

  5. Toby

    December 12, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This year’s Liverpool jersey is my fave.

  6. JEFF TACKETT

    May 23, 2017 at 4:09 am

    To not have the Adidas Tri foil Man U jersey or the Candi Liverpool jersey is just heartbreaking

  7. Pete

    April 1, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Brazil’s yellow jersey – any year?

  8. adrian

    October 30, 2016 at 4:46 am

    There probably the 50 worst kits

  9. Hernán

    October 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    In fact, the #1 was a improved copy to the Enerre’s Napoli away jersey from 1989-90

    http://www.francescocammarota.it/images/1989-90-bianca-maradonaG.JPG

  10. Murray

    September 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Arsenal 71 away yellow should be in any list

  11. G

    July 1, 2016 at 12:44 am

    No Italia ’90 England? too painful? IMO the most knowingly fashion-fwd kit of the last several decades.
    Really like the podcasts and reasoning behind the choices. The adidas #1 Germany kit template gives me anxiety but it’s easily the most iconic abstract graphic of all time. Outside of the three stripes themselves, For me, it feels emblematic of the football shirt’s transition into the field of mainstream design. I hate all German kits (until this year’s funnily enough) but it deserves a high ranking. One thing about the panel is that they sound like they’re all around the same age. Good in a way because they’ve prob all come of age during the most influential years of kit evolution, but it’d be interesting to infuse the convo with a few younger opinions.

  12. Sergio

    June 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    How about Argentina jersey World Cup 2006 both home and away ,same as World Cup in Brazil.
    For me at least worth mentioning.

  13. toby

    August 20, 2015 at 2:47 am

    The Newcastle 1995/97 shirt should be higher and the away shirt of 1995/97 was even better because it had blue and purple hoops with white Adidas stripes and collar. It was so ahead of it’s time because it one of the few retro shirts that would still be fashionable today and not in an ironic way.

  14. joe

    August 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    How about s.s lazio 93-94 shirt or ac milan shirt 89-90 or the 93-94 juventus 92-93???

  15. Blue Pages

    August 19, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Some fine designs but really, no Hearts (H) from last season?

    Simple classic adidas design, nice collar, no sponsor, plain deep maroon, 1914 style badge. A definite top 10 entry.

    Other missing ones off the top of my head:
    – Northern Ireland anniversary home shirt from about 10 years ago
    – O. Marseilles circa ’93 (same design as USA shirt at #39
    – Denmark 1992 (not as good as 1986 but still iconic)
    – Barcelona 1999 (thick *vertical* stripes, no sponsor, badge on centre of shirt)

  16. Smokey Bacon

    August 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Very poor list. Some horrendous jerseys. Makes no sense. A polo shirt at #2, really when a truly iconic England shirt barely made the top ten. Nice to see some of the classic Admiral shirts. They were top shirts back in the day.

  17. Bishopville Red

    August 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Interesting how seeing the kit in action goes a long way toward its “value”. Even this year, Watford’s kit looks terrible sitting there, much better on the pitch (though still not great).

    My top 5 of this top 50, omitting my own club’s offerings because there aren’t enough and they’d all be top five easy:

    BTW:
    5: Danish Dynamite. Also interesting to note how success in a kit can go a long way toward its ranking. This one looked incredible when they won, looked clownish when they lost Talk about a roller coaster two weeks in the summer of ’86! No copycat ever looked good (Coventry, Soton, Villa.)

    4: – Netherlands 1988 – beautiful shirt for beautiful players, only dropped because of the fact others used it too (CCCP, Germany alt) 2014 Dutch alt kit clearly took some hints from this one (and could have cracked top 50 also)

    3: Newcastle 95-97. Most NUFC kits earn little more than a nod and acceptance that it’s a NUFC kit. The collar (!!!), the stripes, the Newcastle Brown sponsorship I even remember the material being interesting too. And the complimentary alt kit could easily have made this top 50 list too. The only thing less than spectacular about it was the white stock ADIDAS numbers they used on them. A black box on the back for numbers and you’re five stars.

    2: France 1984. Beautiful shirt. Wales had something similar that also looked great, but the Bleu/blanc/rouge is classic

    1: Scotland 88-91. There are so many little details that make that such an amazing shirt. The shorts and socks also fit the bill beautifully. Perhaps the perfect kit. Scotland could wear it forever (perhaps tweak shorts length, granted) and still look on top of their game.

  18. Jim Bendat

    August 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I really expected Barcelona’s 2010-11 home jerseys to be number one. Perfectly spaced vertical red and blue stripes, with Unicef written across the front. Unbelievable that this jersey wasn’t even on the list at all.

  19. Kevin

    August 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    What a weak list…and the presence of the 1994 USA away jersey kills its credibility entirely.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Which shirts would be in your top 5?

  20. AdamEdg

    August 18, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    So you REALLY love that West Germany template since it appears three times… #1, #45 and #48 are all the same shirt. Only #1 truly looks good, but nowhere near #1. Then again,both of the USA 94 jerseys reared their ugly heads, so this list is immediately discredited.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Best bet is to listen to their podcast where they go into a lot of detail about why each shirt was picked (if you’re interested, of course). It was pretty revealing and informative.

  21. Brad

    August 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    #15 is flat out ugly.

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