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End of season kit awards - The best home, away and third shirts

We asked three of our writers to pick out the best shirts from each of Europe’s big leagues.

End of season kit awards - The best home, away and third shirts

Last weekend Cristiano Ronaldo added "2018/19 Serie A MVP" to his illustrious collection of trophies, titles and awards. No one can deny CR7’s impact from a brand awareness when it comes to Italy’s top division, but you’d be forgiven for thinking there were other more worthy candidates considering the fact Ronaldo also led the league in ‘big chances’ missed with 16. Personally I look at what Fabio Quagliarella has managed to achieve (scoring 4 more goals than Ronaldo with a considerably lower quality supporting cast), or the achievements of someone like Kalidou Koulibaly who outshone all other defenders in the league this season in a year not a million miles away from the one Virgil van Dijk had with Liverpool.

This sort of debate highlights just how tricky it can be to decide a definite ‘winner’ in any given category. Still, I was keen to reflect on the past season in regards to shirts to answer the question: who had the best home, away and third shirt in each of Europe’s big leagues?

Making the choices were 3 of our writers here at FOOTY, Apollo Heyes, Pedro Almeida and Chris Semple. Many shirts were unanimously selected as the best, whilst others split each of them.

Have a look at who won and if your favourite isn’t here, complain to any of us on Twitter.


The best home, away and third shirt in the Premier League

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Wolves home shirt

The Wolves home shirt was the perfect combination of simplicity and colours working well together. The gold is vibrant and is complemented beautifully by the black collars, adidas stripes and logos. The sponsor may be a tad large but by mostly in black, it also fits in well with the overall look.

Overall, a very smart-looking shirt.
- Pedro

Rather than a loud and bright orange, Wolves’ home shirt this season was a tasteful golden colour, which nicely compliments the W88 sponsor design. Adidas did a good job with the black trimmings, as they both compliment the badge and the sponsor design, creating a tight and strong home kit.
- Apollo

Sponsors too often ruin shirts but in Wolves case this season it has definitely complimented it. A clean and neat design with a basic colour palette juxtaposes perfectly the vibrant colour scheme of the shirt itself, leading to a great shirt matching Wolves stellar efforts on the field this season.
- Chris

Newcastle away shirt

Inspired by the iconic kit of the 95/96 season, in my opinion this shirt is made so special by the gold branding and logo, which honour the original design but with a slightly modern take. Not to mention the hoops also continue onto the sleeves which of course is always good to see. A fine piece.
- Chris

A fantastic homage to one of the best kits of the 90s. The original 1996 Newcastle away kit was great combination of colours, sponsor and collar which became even more iconic being associated to great team the club had then.

The team may not be as iconic and the original collar is no longer there, but the colours remain and the gold logos combine well to produce a great re-imaging of a classic.
- Pedro

Easily the best away kit in the premier league this season. The colour scheme is perfectly complimentary, and its reference to their iconic kit of the mid 90’s is very welcome in an age where modern kits seem to forget the successes of the past. The gold sponsor, badge and puma logo are all great additions as well, tying the kit together to create a classy and memorable shirt.
- Apollo

Spurs third shirt

What a beauty by Nike. This season especially Nike have made an effort to tie in the third shirt to the club and their location, which has also been seen with Inter and Atletico, and their effort with Spurs is one of my favourites in this style. Not only will the design live on in memory, but also the games it was featured in.
- Apollo

This shirt certainly wasn’t love at first sight. When it was released, I just couldn’t understand why Spurs would play in green. It just wasn’t a Spurs colour.

However, the more and more I saw it in action the more it grew on me and I can now say that it is one of my favourite Spurs shirts of recent times.

Using a map of the North London area where Spurs are located, made the shirt unique. However, after some monumental Champions League matches when wearing the it, the shirt, in my opinion, has now become truly iconic.
- Pedro

Often certain results can cement a shirts image in everyone's mind as iconic, and none more so than Spurs 3rd shirt this term. Breathtaking evenings away at both Ajax and Manchester City will help ensure this shirt lives long in the memory; the design helps too obviously - a rarely seen colour matched with a striking design featuring a map of North London makes for a gorgeous piece.
- Chris


The best home, away and third shirt in La Liga

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Real Betis home shirt

This season’s Real Betis home shirt is an absolute stunner and, in my humble opinion, the best home shirt in La Liga this year.

Like many brands this season, Kappa went back through their archives for inspiration, as the shirt is based on the very first Betis shirt Kappa produced back in 1995. The great thing about this is that combines the past and the present really well.

It is beautifully sleek, and although it might look very plain, the stripes are just the right width and the green is just the right shade. It is also great to see the green and white stripes continue on the collar.
- Pedro

Kappa’s designs have only gotten more impressive and recognizable, and this shirt is no different. The thin and consistent stripes evoke the memory of the shirt back in the mid 90’s, and the way it continues onto the sleeves is a very welcome edition. The collar also looks great, and the shade of green chosen is a perfect balance between slick and understated.
- Apollo

The stripes on this shirt are neat, narrow and compact, giving the piece a definite continental feel - fitting for one of Europe's most recognisable teams in terms of overall aesthetic. The stripes continue well onto the sleeves which is a huge bonus, and the lack of front sponsor (on the shirt available to the public anyway) rounds this out as a very special shirt.
- Chris

Real Betis away shirt

Kappa have had an amazing showing this season, employing some striking designs that catch the eye without looking tacky - none more so that of Real Betis’ away. Featuring an array of green triangles of all different shades - reminiscent of the Club's crest - that center around the crest itself, the shirt is a bold but beautiful piece.
- Chris

Real Betis certainly made the right choice switching from Adidas to Kappa, as the Italian sportswear brand not only designed a great-looking home shirt but also produced an absolutely magnificent away kit.

The front of the shirt uses various triangles, inspired by the club crest, to form a gradient design. This in itself looks beautiful, but what really makes it stand out, is that each triangle represents one of the many Betis supporters clubs around the world and each supporters club can claim a triangle to represent them. The fact that this shirt is so unique to the club and its supporters makes it extra special for me.

To top it off, the combination of colours works really well. Simply stunning.
- Pedro

Unique, interesting and eye-catching are the first three things that most think when they see this shirt. Rather than simply changing the colours of the home shirt, Kappa used a multitude of triangles, all in different shades of green, to make this shirt pop. Also, I can’t be the only one that gets a Matrix vibe from this shirt, and that vibe is always welcome in my life.
- Apollo

Atletico Madrid third shirt

Nike again used a city theme for their third shirt, and it’s wonderful. The shades of blue keep it cool and soft, but also allow for the intricate detail of the Madrid streets. The orange colour used for the sponsor and badge compliments nicely, and overall creates a relaxed and homely shirt.
- Apollo

In a similar fashion to Spurs bold third kit this year, Atleti’s third kit features maps of Madrid intertwined with gorgeous teal stripes. Each stripe fades into the image but in an opposite direction to it's adjacent stripe, making for a truly mesmerising design. It is further rounded out by the crest, branding and sponsor all being the same shade of orange. Many a 5-a-side pitches will have seen this one this term.
- Chris

This season, for some of Europe’s bigger clubs, Nike really flexed their creative muscle and produced some fantastic third kits, inspired by the cities in which the clubs play. This Atletico Madrid third shirt is a great example of this creativity and my choice for this season’s best third kit in La Liga.

The two shades of blue work well alongside the brighter orange of the sponsor and logos. But it’s the use of an aerial map of Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo in Madrid that really make it stand out. The use of this location is particularly special for the club and fans as it is where everyone congregates to celebrate title victories.

All this together make the shirt truly unique.
- Pedro


The best home, away and third shirt in Serie A

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Lazio home shirt

There have been a lot of great home shirts in Serie A this year, but this Lazio one tops the lot. It’s an absolute beauty! The colour combinations work well together and it has a sleek knitted collar. However, it’s the dark blue eagle that takes centre stage. The eagle is big and bold and it’s wings stretch out across the torso. What’s great about this is how the stripes continue on the sleeves to make it look like the wings have continued onto them.

The shirt is almost a carbon copy to the shirts of the early 80s but when they are this beautiful, why wouldn’t you want to use the same design?
- Pedro

Without a doubt, my favourite home kit of the year this season. Lazio have returned to the famous Eagle design, first featured in the 1980’s, and its easy to see why. Rather than a simple sky blue as seen in recent seasons, the Eagle is instantly recognizable and stands out, intimidating any opponent. So popular amongst fans that it’s started to return more over the last 10 years, and I hope Macron continues to work with this design for years to come.
- Apollo

Lazio are no strangers to bold designs but given the club's overall colour palette of baby blue, navy and white, these designs always seem to look amazing. That's why this is the third time that this specific design - known as the ‘flag shirt’ - has been adopted for a Lazio season, with the other two times being in the 80s. A popular hit amongst fans and neutrals alike.
- Chris

Parma away shirt

Errea have absolutely smashed it with Parma's choices this season, from the colour and template right down to the placement of sponsors. In my opinion yellow and blue is a colour scheme you should only ever see on your local junior team, however on this away shirt it looks magnificent.
- Chris

This Parma away shirt is hands down, the best away shirt in Serie A this season.

Errea took inspiration from the classic kit worn by the fantastic Parma team of the late 90s, have produced a fantastic shirt to celebrate Parma’s return to Serie A.

The vibrant blue and yellow stripes reminiscent of that late 90s kit, give the shirt an elegant look and despite having two sponsors, they are unobtrusive and fit in well with the overall look. Stunning!
- Pedro

When I think Parma, this is the colour scheme that comes to mind, much more so than their home colours. Errea have done an incredible job modernizing the famous shirt of the late 90’s, and the shades of blue and yellow chosen are simply perfect. The way the sponsors are integrated in the shirt are also unobtrusive and the Cetilar actually fits quite nicely into the design overall.
- Apollo

Parma third shirt

Errea rounds off a great effort with Parma this season with this slick shirt, managing to feature all four on the colours most associated with the club. The usage of the colours on the black and grey background is a design masterclass, and Errea have to be proud of this. Lovely.
- Apollo

As a whole across all 3 shirts, I think it's safe to say have had the best season out of any team; fitting that they've done so after their meteoric rise from the ashes back into the Serie A. The cross adjoined by alternating blue and yellow outlines is a masterpiece, but the real star of the show for me is the monochromatic badge.
- Chris

Parma’s third kit is beautiful. The black shirt is used brilliantly as a canvas for Parma’s cross which is beautifully highlighted in the club’s yellow and blue. The sponsors in white, just like their away kit, unobtrusive and compliment the shirt well.

Errea have done the club proud and designed some great-looking shirts.
- Pedro


The best home, away and third shirt in the Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich home shirt

No matter what Bayern Munich wear, it always seems to look good (indescribable success can do that to a team) and this season's shirt is no different. Based on the same template as Germany's show-stopping away kit at the 2018 World Cup, the subtle geometric design on the shirt also unintentionally mirrors Bayern's Bavaria-inspired crest.
- Chris

Every year Bayern have a sweet home kit, and this season is no different. The subtle geometric pattern gives some texture to the shirt, but isn’t overwhelming, and impressively incorporates the clubs badge design into the shirt. The T-Mobile sponsor is simply iconic now too, a perfect duo.
- Apollo

A smart-looking shirt that on first glance reminded me of classic Adidas designs of the 80s.

This season Adidas did raid their archives for inspiration, with many of the clubs and national teams getting shirts with modern twists on classic jerseys.

However, this Bayern shirt was influenced by the diamonds on the club badge and then arranged to form an ‘M’ shape, paying tribute to the club’s motto (‘Mia san mia’ meaning ‘we are who we are’).
- Pedro

Hertha Berlin away shirt

For a shirt that combines black and blue, this Hertha Berlin away shirt is a really vibrant number. The shirt uses this season’s favourite design feature, the gradient effect, to mesh the two colours together to create a set of alternating, horizontal stripes.

On its own, it’s already a good-looking shirt but the look is completed with a sponsor’s logo that fits in with the shirt design.
- Pedro

This is another shirt that employs a delicate fading design (similar to the beautiful home jersey,albeit with stripes in a different direction) 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 this season's finest shirts.
- Chris

A beautiful blend of black and blue fading stripes, this effort by Nike is sharp. The fact that the design doesn’t extend onto the sleeves also stops it from looking too busy, and the yellow from the sponsor logo gives it another layer of texture.
- Apollo

Stuttgart third shirt

The stallion alone propels this shirt into glory, as its intricate and detailed design changes the shirt from a simple black and yellow third shirt, into something that sticks out amongst all the others. The sponsor text matches nicely also, tying the whole shirt together.
- Apollo

Once Puma installed a large black stallion on the lower portion of this shirt, there was only ever going to be one recipient of this award. A truly striking design capped off with Puma's trademark melange effect, which has really grown on people over the course of this season, and a nod to kits of days gone by in the form of a sharp yellow hoop.
- Chris

This Stuttgart third shirt is all about two things: the colour combinations and the big, grey stallion on the front of the shirt. The bright yellow is a great contrast to the black shirt and really catches the eye, while the stallion is the extra touch that really makes the shirt stand out from the crowd.
- Pedro


The best home, away and third shirt in Ligue 1

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St Etienne home shirt

Le Coq Sportiff have designed a beautifully elegant shirt for St Etienne. It’s a simple-looking green shirt, complimented by a collar and side panels in a darker shade of green. The sponsors are, thankfully, minimal. Le Coq Sportiff have also provided a nice pop of colour, with their logo using the French tricolour. Great shirt.
- Pedro

I love Le Coq Sportif. I am always impressed with their creations, and this shirt reaffirms that my belief in them is correct. What a stunning and warm shade of green. The collar and buttons look great also, and the tricolor found on the Le Coq Sportif logo propels this shirt into new heights.
- Apollo

St Etienne and Le Coq Sportif's enduring partnership is turning into somewhat of a iconic one, with the classy French brand producing some stylish pieces down the years. This year they have opted for a reserved piece design-wise but used organic cotton throughout to give it that gorgeous retro feel.
- Chris

Marseille away shirt

In Puma's first year with Marseille they have produced 3 genuinely lovely strips. The away one in particular features an unusual pattern on the front of the shirt in a delicate blue, ensuring the sponsoring doesn't contrast too heavily with the rest of the shirt. On the sleeves we once again see Puma's melange pattern in an almost continuation of the pattern on the front. Another fine effort from Puma.
- Chris

Puma have set the bar high with their first away shirt for Marseille. The city’s passion for football was the inspiration behind the blue ‘pulse’ and sleeve detailings or so Puma and Marseille tell us. But whatever the narrative or influence may be behind the shirt, there is no denying that is a good-looking shirt. The black and blue work well together, and the Puma cat in gold, works well.
- Pedro

Well done Puma. What a great way to start a new partnership, that to create three solid shirts in your first season working together. The light blue pattern works well with the black background, but for me the sleeves are where this pattern truly shines.
- Apollo

Guingamp third shirt

The white and grey pattern at the top of the shirt is well done, with a retro feel and a nice contrast to the otherwise pitch-black base colour. Just a shame about the amount of sponsors.
- Apollo

If we ignore the amount of sponsors on this shirt, it is clear that this is great-looking shirt.

Patrick (which is quite the blast from the past) have been inspired by the Adidas template used by Guingamp in 1995 to create a series of modern looking shirts. The third shirt takes the design and uses a combination of black, white and grey to create an eye-catching jersey.
- Pedro

I'm a big fan of any team that adopts the same template throughout all 3 shirts, and that is exactly what EA Guingamp have done this season - teaming up with a local design artist to produce some pieces inspired by their 1995 kit. The third kit employs this design but in a classy black & white, and is one of my favourite shirts of the entire year. You either love or hate these kinds of patterns, but I am definitely the former rather than the latter.
- Chris

Grab a brew, and let's talk about subliminal geometric patterns.