The Top 100 Shirts of 2018
How much sweeter is the fruit we are never destined to enjoy? (Yes I'm still talking about football shirts).
The best football shirts of 2018
I like to think I’m a poet sometimes.
Ok, maybe not a poet, but at least a storyteller who can paint pictures so vivid that grown men and women can be moved to actually feel something about a piece of clothing.
My job isn’t that difficult when you consider all that a football shirt can mean to so many. For most people who are into shirts, personal connections and experiences create the strongest narratives.
Yet the beauty of kits is that you don’t need to have one in your hands to appreciate it. It’s quite possible I will never own a West Germany 1988 long sleeve, but just seeing pictures of the shirt is enough to make me smile.
But what if I told you there was a shirt almost as beautiful, that never got to see the light of day? A majestic piece of craftsmanship that was snatched away at the last second.
You probably know what I’m talking about, and so to conclude Top 100 Shirts here are all our brief thoughts on the best shirt of the year.
Thanks for reading this list and engaging with the content. Let’s do the same again next year, yeah?
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1 - China Away
Art. Defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” And boy, does this China away kit fit into that description magnificently.
A wonderful blend of black and yellow detailing’s partnered with a delightful dragon mural across the torso. Overall, this shirt is one of the tastiest things I have ever laid my eyes on and definitely deserves its spot at numero uno. If it wasn’t for that pesky neckline Nike decided to roll with this year, it’d probably be the greatest kit of all time.
And that was probably a bit of hyperbole.
This is, without a shadow of a doubt, THE best shirt of 2018!
The shirt pays homage to China’s history and culture with a beautiful dragon graphic on the front and back. The black dragons are striking in that they are almost ‘tattoo-esque’ yet they still blend in with the black shirt. The only other colour is a fluorescent yellow on the logos which gives a nice, bright contrast. Yet, for some reason, we will never see this shirt being used as the Chinese FA rejected the design at the last minute and had them removed from the shelves. It’s such a shame for us fans.
So ladies and gentlemen, take a good, long look… this is 2018’s best football shirt!
Astounding really is the fact that the Chinese FA rejected this design at the last minute, given the rip-roaring commercial success of Nigeria's Home shirt worldwide, but nonetheless it existed and therefore we can admire it. A stunning Dragon pattern covers the main body of the shirt and is highlighted by a golden crest and Nike logo - fitting for such an outstanding creation. To be dangled in front of us and snatched away at the last moment is so cruel. The ultimate one that got away?
Surely, you’re not shocked to see this is number 1. The insanely slick silver Chinese dragon design is honestly one of the most artistic things I’ve ever seen on a football shirt, and it works perfectly. It really engages you and captures your imagination, and Nike have certainly outdone themselves with this. The only slight negative is the neon yellow choice for the badge and Nike logo, but even then, it doesn’t take away from such a majestic shirt.
Although this kit may never be worn, it is possibly one of the most unique, classy and patriotic kits out. It was rejected by the Chinese FA at the last minute, but a numbers of players have spoken up about the kit and what it would mean to them if they were able to wear it.
With the kit itself inspiring players to defend the honour of Chinese football, it really shows us what a good design can do for not just fans, but the players who put them on.
Have you heard the story of Tantalus?
A king of ancient Phrygia, he committed a grave sin by sharing secrets of the Gods with humans. His punishment, upon death, was to stand loosely tied to a tree rooted near a pool of water. If he bent down to take a sip of water, the water receded. If he reached up to grab a fruit from the tree, the wind blew the branches just out of his reach.
It is from the name Tantalus that we get the word tantalising. And China’s away shirt, which blew just out of our reach as we were about to grab it, is exactly that. The fact we never got to enjoy this on the pitch only adds to its legend.
A lot has been written about this shirt so I will keep it simple.Two words:
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|
Once again a huge thank you to all who have read these blogs.
Stay tuned to FOOTY.COM for lots more shirt related content. In the coming days I’ll be pulling out some of the interesting stats and things we can learn from 2018 and we move into 2019.
What will the year hold for football shirts? Which brands are sitting on top of the pile, and who’s looking up at them?
Let’s talk about it.