Before sponsors and changing kits every year, clubs colours were sacred. In this blog, I’m going to look at the most iconic jerseys of all time.
Instantly recognisable and like no-one else, Ajax won fans around the globe with their total football style as they won three European Cups in a row between 1971 and 1973 coached by Rinus Michel. The attacking style required incredible technique, fitness and tactical awareness and led by Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens make this an instantly recognisable jersey.
Celtic only adopted their iconic green and white hoops in 1903, 15 years after they were founded, but by the time they won the European Cup in 1967 when they saved football with their “pure beautiful inventive football,” the hoops had become one of the most recognisable shirts on earth.
Brazil is the greatest international team of all time, having won the World Cup five times and being the only team who have appeared at every tournament. The yellow jersey with green trim, blue shorts and white socks is unique and instantly recognisable
Barcelona’s blue and red stripes may have some weird iterations in recent years, but there is no other team who is as instantly recognisable as the Blaugrana
The red and black stripes are iconic for their two world famous teams of both the 1960s which starred Gianni Rivera who had narrow stripes and of the all-conquering team of Gullit, Van Basten and Maldini.
Real Madrid is without question the most successful club in history with their golden era coming in the period 1955-1960 when they won 6 European Cups in a row. The galacticos of today owe the classic era team for building Real’s reputation for greatness. The all-white kit is unmistakable.
Inter were the dominant team of the 1960s and with stars like Suarez, Mazzola and Facchetti they won the European Cup twice and were beaten finalists another time. Their blue and black stripes are instantly recognisable
The light blue stripes and black shorts are instantly recognisable as the two-time world cup winners. You can’t see it without thinking about Kempes, Maradona and Messi.
England’s only international triumph came on home soil in 1966 and their red kit with the Three Lions badge and white shorts is still copied by England to this day.