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FOR LAUGHS: 26 Worst Football Shirts of All Time










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26) Juventus - 2019/20


Cristiano Ronaldo

You'd think that designing a ​Juventus home shirt would be a fairly simple process. After all, it shouldn't be difficult to mess up black and white stripes, right? Wrong.

It's bad enough that the stripes are non-existent, but the bizarre pink stripe down the centre of the shirt is completely unforgivable. It has no place belonging on a Juventus shirt, no matter which way you look at it.

25) Spain - 2016


FBL-EURO-2016-MATCH43-ITA-ESP

This one genuinely looks like someone took a plain white shirt and just sprayed ketchup and mustard across it in an a failed attempt to generate some 90s nostalgia.

adidas' retro approach to international kits has been pretty successful in recent years, but Spain's Euro 2016 away shirt was pretty dreadful.

24) Everton - 2010/11


Phil Neville,Tim Cahill,Leighton Baines

Pink can work - take a look at some of Palermo's home shirts - but pink that is this lurid is a no-go. I mean, just take a look at it.

​Everton's alternate strip for the 2010/11 season was certainly memorable, but it's not exactly what you would call subtle.

23) Lokomotiv Moscow - 2007/08


Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

First rule of fashion: red and green don't go together. 

Okay, so maybe I made that up, but it doesn't detract away from the fact that Lokomotiv Moscow's 2007/08 kit was an eyesore, to say the least. What you can't see from this picture, is that the entire back of the shirt is green too *shudder*.

22) Bristol City - 2018/19


Andreas Weimann

​The kit is a divisive one amongst ​Bristol City fans - some love it, some want to kill it with fire. From an objective standpoint, it's not great, is it?

No one has ever dared to combine purple and lime before and, judging by this effort, it would be a surprise if anyone ever did again.


21) Brazil - 1994


Lennart Johansson,Dunga,Branco,Romario,Joao Havelange

Brazil's 1994 home shirt was bad enough in itself, but the fact that they went on to lift the trophy in this mess makes it that much worse.

Umbro opted to place an unnecessarily large superimposed image of the Brazilian crest onto the torso, making this shirt iconic for all the wrong reasons.

20)Tottenham - 2008/09


Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Jerm

Good grief, Puma got ​Tottenham's home kit horribly wrong for the 2009/10 season.

An otherwise plain white shirt was marred by garish yellow highlights, which were clumsily integrated into the design of the shirt, which probably brought about more than existential crisis amongst supporters.

19) Inter - 2016/17


Mauro Icardi

Gradient designs are a common design trend these days, but that doesn't mean that any of them actually work.

​Inter's 2016/17 third strip falls guilty of the same trend that has beset countless alternative kits over the past few years (including another kit which will be discussed shortly) - it just looks like a Microsoft Powerpoint slide.

​18) Nigeria - 1994


Finidi George of Nigeria

Nigeria entered the 1994 World Cup with a home shirt that remains one of the greatest in the country's history and an away shirt that looked like it had a bunch of one dollar bills strapped to it.

When you pair it with those matching shorts, it only gets worse.

​17) Marseille - 2011/12


Marseille's Brazilian  forward Brandao (

Every heard of the phrase 'less is more'? Marseille clearly hadn't in 2011.

Apparently, the shirt is a nod to the to the inside of the bomber jackets that Marseille fans wore in the 80s as a sign of collective ‘rejection of intolerance’. It's intolerant, alright.

16) Arsenal 2014/15


Wojciech Szczesny,Per Mertesacker

So it's official: all of the worst Arsenal kits are blue. 

Other Arsenal away kits may have been more off putting, but this one has been pretty much forgotten, which tells you everything you need to know.

15) Ireland - 1994


IRELAND V MEXICO

It's impossible not to picture this kit without seeing John Aldridge being restrained by Jack Charlton whilst directing every swear word in his vocabulary at a poor FIFA official at the 1994 World Cup.

Don't let that admittedly hilarious memory fool you, though. Ireland's away kit for the 1994 World Cup was absolutely all over the place.


14) Liverpool - 2012/13


Luis Suarez

​Warrior's brief spell as ​Liverpool's kit manufacturers led them to create some bizarre designs, with this effort being the pick of the bunch.

They've tried to pack in as much as possible, combining colours that shouldn't ever be combined in the process. It's not too obvious, but there's also a weird tribal pattern on the shoulders to complete the look.


13) Barcelona - 2012/13


Lionel Messi

The second 'Powerpoint' design to crop up comes courtesy of ​Barcelona, who really should have spent a little more time consulting their 2012/13 away kit with Nike.

Not even Lionel Messi could make this look passable.

12) Kansas City Wizards - 1996/97


Scott Uderitz Wizards
To be fair, if you are called Kansas City Wizards, then you'd expect to be wearing a rather extravagant design.

It made a go at including all the colours of the rainbow, but stopped short after adding a random green line in the middle of the torso, for some reason.


11) Middlesbrough 1996/97


Juninho of Middlesbrough in action

​Middlesbrough had a plethora of exciting talents at their disposal during the 1996/97 - just a shame they didn't have a kit to match.

The cross is bad, the pattern within the cross is bad and the giant 'BORO' symbol emblazoned on the shoulder? Yep, you guessed it. Bad.


10) Manchester United - 1995/96


Matthew Le Tissier,Ryan Giggs

One of the most infamous kits of all time, ​Manchester United players literally went missing when they put this one on against Southampton in 1996.

The Red Devils shipped three goals shipped three goals in a dreadful first-half against the Saints and Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that his players couldn't see each other on the pitch. The changed into a different kit for the second-half, but still went on to lose 3-1.

9) Aston Villa - 1994/95


Dwight Yorke

Some hold this ​Aston Villa shirt in high regard because of its quintessentially 90s aesthetic, but it's just too 90s to work.

Green and black stripes would be fine, so why did they feel the need to try and include Villa's home colours as well? 


8) Denmark - 1998/99


FUSSBALL: WM FRANCE 98 Paris St.Denis, 28.06.98

I've refrained from including too many goalkeeper shirts on this list because they are, by nature, usually pretty dreadful.

That was especially true during the 90s as kit manufacturers did their best to make the very best custodians look like complete muppets. Here's Peter Schmeichel asking Hummel what they were thinking for the Danish keeper shirt back in 1998.

7) Africa Unity - 2010


Cameroonian Landry N'Guemo (R) vies with

​This is unique as it was used as the world's first 'continental' kit, acting a third strip for 12 African football national teams sponsored by Puma in 2010.

The colour gradient was supposed to act as visual metaphor for soil to sky, which is a lovely sentiment, but brown doesn't belong on any football shirt.

6) USA - 1994


USA V SAUDI ARABIA

​Subtlety has never been something you normally would associate with USA and they did nothing to change that sentiment when they took to the field in this faux-denim number at the 1994 World Cup.

It's just very...'Murica. That's probably the best way of describing it.


5) Newcastle United - 2009/10


Kevin Nolan

It was bad enough for ​Newcastle supporters to have to watch their team play in the Championship, but then the Magpies made things 100x worse when they lined up in this vomit-inducing away kit.

The individual who signed off on the idea of two shades of yellow needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.

4) VFL Bochum - 1998/99


FUSSBALL: 1. BUNDESLIGA 98/99 VFL BOCHUM, 13.09.98

Kansas City Wizards couldn't quite complete the rainbow effect, but Germany outfit VFL Bochum achieved the look with, ahem, flying colours. 

They probably would have been better off going the full mile, as the half and half design is just confusing. 


3) Chelsea - 1994/96


GILLINGHAM V CHELSEA

If this list has taught us anything, it's that no one in the 90s was just able to stick to a simple design and roll with it.

​Chelsea opted to go with this orange and grey abomination and it's no wonder why it is considered to be one of the worst Premier League shirts of all time. 


2) England - 1996


David Seaman of Engalnd prepares for another penalty kick

Somehow, David Seaman's England kit was even worse than the turgid away kit the Three Lions were forced to wear during their painful Euro '96 exit at the hands of Germany.

It's punishment enough to get knocked out of your home tournament on penalties, but to do so in a kit as bad as this makes you wonder why Seaman didn't hang up his gloves there and then.

1) Mexico - 1994


FUSSBALL: WORLD CUP 1994 MEX

Jorge Campos didn't just want to wear Mexico's 1994 goalkeeper shirt. He designed it himself, the lunatic.

To revisit an old saying - goalkeepers are crazy. So letting them do what they want in the kit department is probably the worst idea anyone has ever had.

source: 90mins

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