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Classic Football Shirts of All Time - World Cup Edition

Updated on January 11, 2014
Some of the greatest classic football shirts
Some of the greatest classic football shirts | Source

Classic Football Shirts

World Cup competitions have become the most lucrative venues for sports apparel to introduce/promote their latest products and designs. The football players have practically become fashion vehicles to promote Nike, Adidas, Puma, Kappa or another large clothing line manufacturer. Even though there have been so many changes to the football uniforms through the years, there have been certain shirts that will always remain in the history of football. I call these football shirts "iconic". To reach an "iconic" status a shirt cannot be simply a shirt, it has to carry a remarkable story with it. You will find that in this article there are several shirts that you've never heard of or even seen, however they all fall into the category of "iconic" for one reason or another.

West Germany Soccer Jersey 1990 World Cup
West Germany Soccer Jersey 1990 World Cup | Source

Germany 1990

This is one of the shirts with the most history behind it. The German team that wore this Adidas shirt in the 1990 World Cup, won the competition, and cemented the Germans as a football powerhouse. The Bundes Team of 1990 was arguably one of the best teams to ever play in a World Cup. With stars like Matthaeus, Voeller, Brehme, and Klinsmann the German team beat Argentina (with Maradona) in the 1990 World Cup Final. Brehme scored a penalty with 5 minutes left on the clock, and threw then West Germany in jubilation. Without a doubt this football shirt classifies as one of the most "iconic" of all time (and the team that wore it, carries an "iconic" status as well).

Argentina - Germany 0:1 1990 World Cup Final

Zidane in action during the memorable win against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup
Zidane in action during the memorable win against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup

France 1998

The 1998 French national team wore one of the most legendary Adidas football shirts of all time. As you may remember France won the World Cup with a remarkable 3:0 win against the star studded Brazilian football team (led by Romario, Ronaldo, Cafu and bunch of other stars). The French team was obviously not bad either, they had players like Zidane, Barthez, Marcel Desailly, Lizarazu, Trezeguet and many more.
The Adidas design of the 1998 French football shirt is simply stunning. It represents the "golden era" of football shirts, designed mainly by Adidas for World Cup teams. With a design like this, and accolades to match the already stunning jersey the France 1998 football shirt is one of the greatest football memorabilia items of all time.

Brazil 1994 Football Shirt
Brazil 1994 Football Shirt | Source

Brazil 1994

If there is any talk about football/soccer, we cannot miss to mention Brazil. Even when we talk about football shirts, Brazil still has something remarkable to offer. Their 1994 World Cup jerseys were not considered fancy at the time, however looking at the 1994 shirt almost 20 years later we can conclude that this UMBRO football shirt was a masterpiece. A masterpiece designed for the masters of the worlds most popular game: Brazil.
Just as every football shirt in this article, the Brazilian 1994 World Cup shirt was worn by champions. When I say champions I truly mean champions, with players like Romario, Bebeto, Dunga, Leonardo, Cafu, Ronaldo (even though he did not play much), Rai, Taffarel and a lot more talented players. Brazil wont he 1994 World Cup by beating the powerful Italian squad in penalties (remember the missed penalty by Baggio? Of course you do!).
This UMBRO football shirt has cemented itself in the history of football shirts, as it was worn by some of the best football players of all time.

Argentina 1986

As we mentioned Brazil above, did you even think we will skip their arch rivals Argentina? Absolutely not! The reason for me putting an Argentinian football shirt as one of the greatest football shirts of all time is simply one: Maradona!
This is the last Argentinian classic football shirt that the legend himself wore. I am saying classic because Argentina won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and Maradona was the main reason for that.
This football shirt is practically priceless, and right now if you try to get your hands on one you will have to pay a hefty price. Creator of this simple yet classic football shirt is the French sports wear maker Le Coq Sportif. Even though Le Coq Sportifis no longer a large player in the world of football, they have sneaked into the classic football shirts hall of fame.

Maradona lifting the World Cup trophy in 1986.
Maradona lifting the World Cup trophy in 1986. | Source
David Beckham wearing the 1998 World Cup England shirt
David Beckham wearing the 1998 World Cup England shirt

England 1998

One of my all time favorite classic football shirts comes from UMBRO once again. It is the England national football team shirt which was worn during the 1998 World Cup in France. I have to say that UMBRO did another phenomenal job on a football shirt in the 90`s, however this time the client was the English national team.
I cannot begin to describe to you how many classic moments I have witnessed when England was playing with this amazing football shirt. I have to say that my favorite moment was during the Argentina-England game when David Beckham got sent off. I will always remember this moment, not just because David Beckham used to me my favorite player (and still is), its because it sparked one of the greatest football games ever played in World Cup.
This classic football shirt did not see a trophy, however it still remains one of the best football shirts of all time.

Conclusion

There have been hundreds of classic football shirts throughout the years, and there is no way for me to put them all in this one list. However there will be a part two of this list describing some of the most memorable club classic football shirts. I personally own tens of classic football shirts and I love collecting them. If you have suggestions as to which classic football shirts I should include in the next series of classic football shirts hubs, please let me know and I will gladly include them in one of my lists.

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      Matej 4 years ago from Leskovec

      Awesome hub about football jerseys. Its really nice to see them again and to remember fantastic world cups !

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      @kranjchko thank you! I am in the process of creating one for European Cups, Champions League and several others.

      So stay tuned :)

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      Simon 4 years ago

      Fantastic article and a great collection of classic football shirts.

      If ever you want to to take "a trip down memory lane" for football shirts (I often do), then visit www.footballshirtboutique.com.

      Some great examples of classic football shirts over time (including all the ones that are listed above).

      Somehow, the old (retro) football shirts always seem better than the new ones.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hey Simon,

      Thank you for checking the hub! I am glad you like it. Classic football jerseys is one of my hobbies :)

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