The Top 100 Shirts of 2018: 70-61
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The best football shirts of 2018
For our next instalment of #Top100Shirts, we’re travelling around 10 shirts from 9 countries.
One of my favourite things about this list is the diversity of it. If I was to come up with my own personal Top 100, we’d have a list with many of the same sorts of shirts. But thanks to the beauty of collaboration we have something for everyone and to be honest some shirts which I wouldn’t have near a Top 500, let alone a Top 100.
There’s plenty of pedigree in this next 10, with arguably the all-time best club for shirts and the world champions.
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70 - France Away
Can’t say this kit really does it for me. Looks like a graph you pretend you can understand but really have no idea how to read. I will admit it is nice but can’t say it’s up there for me.
With France winning this years World Cup, it will be another French kit that hangs around for quite a while.
I absolutely adore this shirt.
Not only does it remind me of a Jack Wills shirt that I own, but also it manages to combine the colours of the tricolour flag as well, something that I love on national team kits. Subtle, but effective. Wish they would have won the final in this shirt to truly immortalise it.
69 - Senegal Away
A well used template finished with typical Puma-style individuality makes a nice away kit for Senegal.
A deep shade of green with white trim on collar and sleeves, the shirt is brought to life by a stylised lion pattern shadowed on the body. The badge brings just a dash of colour and brings it all to life. A good effort by Puma.
68 - Orlando Pirates
adidas’ zig zag gradient template from the late 80s (think Portugal at Mexico ‘86) was brought back to life last year with Russia’s home shirt for the Confederations Cup, and whilst I assumed that would be the last we saw of it, it’s made a welcome return this year with a select group of teams.
Orlando Pirates are one of the beneficiaries, and the pattern jumps out particularly well in black. It’s perhaps not quite as spectacular as their home shirt last season, but it remains as a worthy addition on this countdown.
Man I love the pattern of this shirt. A rework of a late 80s classic pattern, the fading vertical zig-zags work so well. It is a template that was used by Russia in 2017 but in black and grey it is even more effective.
The grey stripes on the shoulder and the pirate badge give this kit a real intimidating feel, and for once the Vodafone sponsor actually works quite well. An excellent retro-inspired kit that the Johannesburg giants can be proud of.
67 - Sampdoria Home
An iconic Samp shirt. Everything about it looks great, both the lovely collar design, and that stripe in the middle combining the classic Sampdoria colours. Glad to see the club hasn’t changed too much about this one, and you can almost imagine Mancini sprinting along wearing it. As the shirt says itself, it really is “la maglia più bella del mondo” (the most beautiful jersey in the world).
Is there a more iconic and stylish home kit in the whole of world football? I don’t think I have seen one. And Joma have done an excellent job in producing a shirt that is absolutely in keeping with the traditions of the club.
A traditional blue with the red, white and black horizontal band across the chest featuring the stemma San Giorgio crest in the middle. The shirt only loses points due to the omission of Baciccia the club’s famous badge, featuring a pipe-smoking sailor, from its usual position on the sleeve. Still a lovely rendition of one of the best kits in the world.
66 - Hertha Berlin Away
German clubs have a reputation for donning dark, bland and industrial looking strips that serve their purpose and nothing more, a microcosm of the country as a whole one could perhaps jest.
But that isn’t to say that unique or artistic kits don’t surface every once in a while and so step forth Hertha Berlin.
This is another shirt that employs a delicate fading design with colours that compliment each other tremendously - that turquoise shade of blue is a real thing of beauty. Throw in a sponsor which, unusually for a German side, matches the design and colour scheme well and you’ve got one of 2018’s finest shirts.
65 - CD Leganes Third
Not only have Leganes got a fantastic away shirt but they also have a belter of a third shirt.
The shirt has been designed using the colours of a Spanish campaign against gender violence and includes the campaign’s hashtag on the back of the neck.
The design is certainly eye-catching. Gradient designs seem to be popular this year and Leganes have one of the better ones. All the badges and sponsors are in white which really contrasts well the darker colours.
All in all, another great effort by Joma.
The Madrid-based team’s 2nd, and thoroughly deserved, appearance on our top 100 here, with another beautiful effort from Joma. The thin stripes interspersed by black triangles that get smaller and smaller until the shirt becomes a purple block is a really individual and inspired design choice. The design also gives the shirt a definite royal feel, mimicking the Spanish capital’s famous regal history.
N.B Purple is a colour that definitely needs to appear on way more strips.
64 - UNAM Pumas Away
Like Sampdoria (a few places below in this kit ranking) UNAM have a unique badge and kit history. So it is a little bit of a surprise that their 2018 away kit doesn’t feature the giant puma on the body of the shirt as so many renditions of their home and away kit have done.
However, it is a very pleasant surprise as what Nike have produced is an exceptionally beautiful shirt. Gold with thick dark blue pinstripes. They have managed to incorporate the sponsor in such a way that it fades nicely into the background. This is a lovely kit.
Looks a bit like a vintage milkman shirt but instead of delivering milk anyone wearing these has a good chance of delivering you top corner bangers. UNAM have had some great kits over the years and although this is quite nice, I can’t say it’s up there with the best. Still delightful though.
63 - Cruzeiro Home
2018 has been a hugely transformational year for Umbro and I’m all about it. Umbro have really done some research and the results show that they got it right. A banging star pattern fills the upper chest while all sponsors have a classy looking spot. Can’t not mention my love for the Umbro sleeve ends. They get me everytime.
62 - Vitesse Arnhem Away
Now here’s a great away shirt. The dark navy is a great primary colour, and Macron picked the perfect shade of blue to compliment it. The badge with the subtle eagle behind it looks classy, and the sleeves with the blue pattern match perfectly.
Macron are starting to become one of my favourite shirt manufacturers. This year they have designed some amazing shirts and this Vitesse Arnhem away shirt is no exception.
This is a smart looking shirt that uses dark blue and neon blue to great effect. The sleeves are what catch my attention. The club say that the shirt pays homage to the club mascot, Hertog who is a bald eagle. The sleeves are a stylistic depiction of Hertog’s wings, symbolising strength and fighting spirit. Personally, I can’t see those wings. I just see really nice looking sleeves.
Lovely stuff from Macron.
61 - Napoli Away
Wow, it’s a bit busy. A bit like a five-year old’s tried to cram absolutely everything they’ve done into a single “what did you do over the holiday” drawing. Consequently it is a bit muddled.
I love both the colour and pattern of the main body of the shirt and the shoulder trim. If they had have stuck to the sky-blue trim for the collar and ditched the black kappa logos down the ribs it might have worked better. However, I do have immense sympathy for the designers: what can you do with those awful sponsor logos, eh?
Whilst it’s the same pattern as the Third shirt, it works much better with the black and darker grey design. It helps it to look more textured and slightly more mysterious. However, I still find the blue stripes down on the shoulders out of place and they stand out in a negative way.
The Top 100 shirts of 2018
|1||China Away||Read more|
|2||Nigeria Home||Read more|
|3||Germany Away||Read more|
|4||Japan Home||Read more|
|5||Corinthians Third||Read more|
|6||Mexico Away||Read more|
|7||Parma Third||Read more|
|8||Leeds Away||Read more|
|9||Boca Juniors Away||Read more|
|10||Parma Away||Read more|
|11||Newcastle Away||Read more|
|12||New Zealand Away||Read more|
|13||Inter Third||Read more|
|14||Croatia Away||Read more|
|15||Real Betis Third||Read more|
|16||Parma Home||Read more|
|17||V-Varen Nagasaki Away||Read more|
|18||Brondby Away||Read more|
|19||Clapton CFC Away||Read more|
|20||Marseille Away||Read more|
|21||Argentina Away||Read more|
|22||Colombia Home||Read more|
|23||Galatasaray Third||Read more|
|24||Jamaica Away||Read more|
|25||Gremio Home||Read more|
|26||Real Betis Away||Read more|
|27||Tottenham Third||Read more|
|28||Germany Home||Read more|
|29||Lazio Home||Read more|
|30||Everton Third||Read more|
|31||Tigres Home||Read more|
|32||Houston Dynamo Away||Read more|
|33||Portland Timbers Home||Read more|
|34||Shimizu S-Pulse Home||Read more|
|35||Bayern Munich Home||Read more|
|36||AIK Special||Read more|
|37||Aston Villa Home||Read more|
|38||Chapecoense Home||Read more|
|39||Al-Ahli Third||Read more|
|40||UNAM Pumas Home||Read more|
|41||Chelsea Home||Read more|
|42||Peru Home||Read more|
|43||Chapecoense Away||Read more|
|44||Cameroon Home||Read more|
|45||RB Leipzig Third||Read more|
|46||Barcelona Third||Read more|
|47||Man City Away||Read more|
|48||Jubilo Iwata Home||Read more|
|49||Porto Third||Read more|
|50||Atletico Madrid Third||Read more|
|51||Rangers Away||Read more|
|52||PSG Third||Read more|
|53||Torino Third||Read more|
|54||LAFC Home||Read more|
|55||Hellas Verona Third||Read more|
|56||Tibet Home||Read more|
|57||Iceland Away||Read more|
|58||Belarus Home||Read more|
|59||FC Copenhagen||Read more|
|60||Fiorentina Home||Read more|
|61||Napoli Away||Read more|
|62||Vitesse Away||Read more|
|63||Cruzeiro Home||Read more|
|64||UNAM Pumas Away||Read more|
|65||CD Leganes Third||Read more|
|66||Hertha Berlin Away||Read more|
|67||Sampdoria Home||Read more|
|68||Orlando Pirates Home||Read more|
|69||Senegal Away||Read more|
|70||France Away||Read more|
|71||Torino Home||Read more|
|72||Bayern Munich Away||Read more|
|73||South Korea||Read more|
|74||Canada Home||Read more|
|75||Netherlands Away||Read more|
|76||CD Leganes Away||Read more|
|77||Stuttgart Third||Read more|
|78||Juventus Away||Read more|
|79||Werder Bremen Home||Read more|
|80||Nice Home||Read more|
|81||Colombia Away||Read more|
|82||Kaizer Chiefs Home||Read more|
|83||Napoli Third||Read more|
|84||West Ham Away||Read more|
|85||Fulham Home||Read more|
|86||Juventus Third||Read more|
|87||USA Away||Read more|
|88||Dinamo Bucharest Home||Read more|
|89||Corinthians Away||Read more|
|90||Atlanta United Away||Read more|
|91||USA Home||Read more|
|92||Saint-Étienne Home||Read more|
|93||Spain Away||Read more|
|94||Iceland Home||Read more|
|95||Ajax Away||Read more|
|96||Real Betis Home||Read more|
|97||PSG Away||Read more|
|98||Cape Town City FC Home||Read more|
|99||Red Star Belgrade Home||Read more|
|100||Portugal Away||Read more|
10 more down, 60 left.
What’s been your favourite shirt revealed so far?