Football Shirt Culture

Serial predictor and DF member Corinth has provided a set of speculative AS Roma shirts for 2021-22.

With tongue firmly in cheek, these mockups for the Italian Serie A side were provoked by the notion that the Giallorossi will shortly be sporting kits produced by Reebok - remember them?...

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In the early days of football, there was little uniformity to a team’s kit. Players would often wear a mix of colours and styles, being identified instead by caps or sashes worn over their shirts. Teams with more money – such as those from wealthy public schools and universities – could invest in a set of matching jerseys or shirts, custom-tailored to each player....

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The "Strip! How football got shirty" exhibition at the National Football Museum examines the very fibres of shirt fashion, design and technology through the ages, from the heavy woollen jerseys of the Victorian era to the heavily branded polyester of today.

Strip! – the world’s largest curated exhibition of its kind - captures the growth of the football shirt phenomenon, charting the replica boom and the bold designs that followed, right through to the high-tech advancements and retro reappraisals.

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The first football jersey I owned was a knock-off Inter Javier Zanetti shirt that my mum brought me back from a trip to Italy when I was 11 years old. She had been told it was an Italy kit and that Zanetti was their best player.

Of course, as a kid growing up in Boston, Massachusetts before the internet and with no way to watch any European football, it would be years before I learned that neither was true.

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Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams spoke to Radio 4's Today programme about the prevalence of gambling companies sponsoring football teams. Asked whether he thought such sponsorship should stop, he said: "Yes absolutely. I think it's time. Like the alcohol sponsorship of the past."

But actually, there is nothing to stop alcohol companies sponsoring football teams in the English Premier League - it is down to the clubs to choose their sponsors.

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After Nike kitted out more teams for the first time in 2014, Adidas has fought back, this year sponsoring 12 teams. German brand Puma is a distant third, with just four relatively lowly teams in the competition, compared to the eight it kitted out in 2014.

This article takes a look at which kit manufacturers did best in recent World Cups.

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Classic Football Shirts' ‘Fabric of Football’ pop-up event at the National Football Museum in Manchester will give fans the chance to see some of “The greatest football shirts of all time.”

- A display of over 500+ designs, including collections from iconic World Cup Finals, Champions League and the FA Cup matches
- FREE event, open to the public - Sunday 11th March 10.00am – 5.00pm

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Italy has always been a home to style and some of the world’s finest sportswear manufacturers, so picking the top 15 kits in Serie A in the last 50 years was quite a task.

The Gentleman Ultra writers and readers pick their 15 favourite Serie A kits while (just about) managing to stay friends.

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ITV documentary which charts the stratospheric rise and fall of football replica kit pioneers Admiral, from its beginnings as a maker of nuns' knickers to its role in kick-starting a new multi-billion pound sportswear industry with their brand new strips.

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