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The Top 100 Shirts of 2018: 70-61

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The Top 100 Shirts of 2018: 70-61

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.

As always I love hearing what you think of the countdown, so head over to Twitter and let me know.

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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.
- Dane

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.
- Apollo

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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.
- Alec

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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.
- Phil

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.
- Alec

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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).
- Apollo

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.
- Alec

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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.
- Chris

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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.
- Pedro

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.
- Chris

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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.
- Alec

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.
- Dane

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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.
- Dane

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.
- Apollo

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.
- Pedro

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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?
- Alec

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.
- Apollo

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

10 more down, 60 left.

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Phil Delves

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