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The Top 100 Shirts of 2018: 20-11

In what other list would you have World Cup finalists and a non-league club just a few places apart?

The Top 100 Shirts of 2018: 20-11

The best football shirts of 2018

At this stage of Top 100 Shirts, any of the remaining kits could easily be placed #1.

Many people argue that good shirts are purely subjective, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

However, I would argue that at this point that the kits on offer are objectively great. Be it the uniqueness of the design, the consideration of the colour scheme or just the way that influences have been drawn out in a way which isn’t cliché.

Or maybe I’m just building up unnecessary hype for the final fifth. Take a look for yourself and make your own mind up.

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20 - Marseille Away


I still find it strange to see Marseille in anything other than Adidas kits. However, if Puma keep releasing stunners like this away shirt, Marseille will continue to be one of the smartest looking teams in the French league.

Marseille say that the shirt has been inspired by the city’s passion for football. It’s the heartbeat of the city and brings everyone together. This passion is represented with the blue ‘pulse’ featured across the front of the shirt.

It’s a sleek shirt, with two colours that work really well together.
- Pedro

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19 - Clapton CFC Away


If I could hand out a People’s Choice award or something of that ilk, this shirt would receive it.

The story of kits in 2018 has been told by many great shirts, but Clapton’s away shirt shines bright as one of the most audacious and well-executed releases in living memory. From a design perspective the shirt is remarkably fresh, and the fact it is grounded in the most commendable of influences only enhances the kit.

Thank you Clapton, you’ve given us plenty to enjoy this year.
- Phil

Clapton CFC have the best shirt in the Middlesex Counties League Division 1 Central & East… without a doubt! Actually… it could be argued that Clapton CFC have one of the best shirts in world football.

The colours are vibrant, the pattern is eye-catching and the story behind it… powerful. The shirt commemorates the 80th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War and takes inspiration from the flag of the Spanish Republic and the International Brigades, which consisted of local men and women who travelled to Spain to fight the rise of fascism.

A huge congratulations to everybody at the club involved in the making of a simply stunning shirt.
- Pedro

18 - Brøndby Away


I love this super elegant Brondby away shirt. Hummel should be commended for designing a shirt that is both modern and retro-looking at the same time.

The shirt uses a half and half design in black and grey, to symbolise the merger of two clubs to create the Brondby that we know today. However, it’s impossible to look at this kit and manufacturer and not think about the classic Hummel design used in 1986.

2018 has been a fantastic year for kits and its great to see Hummel bringing their A game to the party.
- Pedro

This kit is one you can wear to a black tie event and still fit in. Hummel haven’t really gone all out with this kit, but they have. I’m confused by it, but I love it. Black, navy & gold just works.

It’s classy, sophisticated and typically Danish. Hummel can do no wrong in Denmark and once again, they haven’t.

Look at it. It’s beautiful.
- Dane

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17 - V-Varen Nagasaki Away


It’s easy to forget that most shirts still start with a pencil and a sketchbook (or at least I like to think so).

This kit, with it’s doodle-like flames and white base, looks like a drawing that just happened to appear in the pages of a designer’s pad before beginning it’s journey to production. It’s 10 doses of playful and a scoop full of flair, and a kit which was in my personal Top 5.

It also happens to be the highest ranking Hummel shirt this year. A little surprise to see them outside the Top 10 perhaps, but no less commendable. Expect even bigger things next year.
- Phil

16 - Parma Home


So all of Parma’s kits this year were fire.

Third? Fire. Away? Fire. Home? You got it… Fire. Errea came out of nowhere with possibly the best team drop of 2018 and maybe the last few years. The Home Kit is bold and lets you know it’s early with a damn big cross on the kit. I also have a soft spot for any kit with a sharp collar. It’s a bold move from the Italian club and I back it 100%!
- Dane

The less memorable of the two Parma shirts from the 1990’s but the home shirt is still a beauty. Featuring the black cross on the white background, it really grips you when seen on the pitch. The striped design on both the collar and the sleeves looks incredibly savvy, and apart from the red AON logo, is a wonderfully monochrome kit.
- Apollo

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15 - Real Betis Third


Kappa clearly took a page out of Nike’s book with this shirt, featuring a hand drawn collection of monuments from Seville for Real Betis’ third kit this season. This time featuring a darker green against a lime green background, it’s an eye-catching kit and represents Seville in a beautiful fashion.
- Apollo

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14 - Croatia Away


Euro 96 saw Croatia smash up lit tradition with their unique and stunning chequered home shirt. It really is a unique international brand for them and they do well to continue to give us something different with each new design.

I really like the colour scheme of this away kit. A dark and brooding shirt that is the polar-opposite of their bright and vibrant home. They score extra points for keeping the same template for home and away PLUS using opposite colours, red to blue, white to black. It is what away kits should do.
- Alec

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13 - Inter Third


Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but for the last time I am very happy to wax lyrical about what Nike have done with their third shirts this year.

It’s rare to see a brand, especially as big as Nike, release a multi-team collection that maintains a theme whilst still managing to add genuine individuality. This year we’ve seen that, and at number 13 Inter take the prize as the highest ranking Nike third kit of 2018.

This is one of those shirts which should probably be hung up instead of worn on the pitch.
- Phil

Rather than focusing specifically on the city of Milan, instead Nike used a marble pattern to represent the famous Duomo of Milan, and it’s worked a treat. The marble texture looks elegant, and the usage of the cross (which forms the flag of Milan) is a great touch, using a darker grey to contrast. The change of colour of the badge and sponsor is tastefully done too, really elevating the shirt to new heights.

My only complaint is the small strip of yellow on the back neck of the shirt, which seems out of place and unnecessary.
- Apollo

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12 - New Zealand Away


Ahhh. You gotta feel sorry for the NZ FA. Living in the shadow of one of the most recognisable kit brands in world sport. They must feel like the less-talented and uglier young sibling of a brain surgeon that models in their spare-time.

But this! The ugly duckling has grown into a magnificently beautiful swan. That has gone on to peck the famous All Black kit tradition to death!! What a beautiful shirt. SImple black with stunning silver fern design on the sleeves. The All Blacks are dead. Long live the All White!
- Alec

When Nike broke through in the 90s with teams like Dortmund, they did all their best work on the sleeves of the shirt.

For 6 years at the start of the decade they threw out the rulebook and created designs which have stood the test of time. With New Zealand’s away shirt in 2018, they’ve gone back to what they know best. And it’s in the most Kiwi way possible. It won’t get the praise it rightly deserves, but I’ll be cherishing this shirt as one of my personal favourites for a long time.
- Phil

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11 - Newcastle Away


Nostalgia is a funny thing. It brings feelings of pure emotion and devotion to a period in someone’s life. Albeit, I wasn’t born during the time when the original of this kit was released. But through this new kit, I can truly feel a sense of nostalgia being a Newcastle fan and all that, currently wishing I lived through the times of David Ginola at the Toon. But I didn’t *sobs*.

Back to the shirt, the navy and maroon hoops give it a beautiful aesthetic. A look that hasn’t come out on the pitch often this year but the very limited times it has (I reckon once or twice), it’s looked slick.
- Luke

The Newcastle United archive is full of great shirts but Puma have opted to pay homage to one of the best… the 1996 away shirt by Adidas. I know it’s missing the collar and the sponsor is different, but it still works. The gold logos and club crest stand out against the maroon and blue stripes. It’s also nice to see the stripes continue onto the sleeves.

This shirt is instantly recognisable and reminds me of the great team Newcastle had at that time. A superb tribute to an iconic kit.
- Pedro

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The Top 100 shirts of 2018

Rank Shirt  
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

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