One of the worst soccer kits of all time? You decide
I think it’s fair to say that fashion and soccer are two words that aren’t used together very often. Of course, there are some flambouyant footballers who have been known to defy the laws of fashion off the pitch. But when they are showing off their skills on the pitch, what they are wearing shouldn’t really come into “play”, right?
Well think again. I came across an article from The Bleacher Report where they ranked the ten worst soccer kits of all time. Some of these kits, some of the worst in soccer history, are downright distracting. And despite the fact that the teams are playing “the beautiful game”, these kits are anything but beautiful.
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Here they are according to The Bleacher Report:
Number 10: Palermo’s Pink Kit
I’ve never really had a problem with this kit, and maybe that stems from the fact that I am female, but I like to see a man, particularly an athlete, in pink. Trust me, they get a lot worse than this.
Number 9: Cameroon from 2004
This was actually a one-piece kit, yep you heard me, a one-piece jumpsuit of sorts. It’s only redeeming quality was the fact that those shirts are so tight, you can see every ripple of their eight packs like those Superman costumes with fake muscles.
Cameroon’s one-piece kit from 2004
Number 8: Aston Villa Goalkeeper Kit 1993-94
The 1990′s seem to dominate the rest of the countdown. Could it be that any fashion decade would feel under pressure when following the forgettable fashion of the 80′s?
Aston Villa’s poor goalkeeper had to don this dud for the 1993-94 season
Number 7: Arsenal Away Kit 1991
This is the team I follow, and I am familiar with this kit, but there are a dozen or more from Arsenal’s 1990′s that could have made the cut here. This one is certainly a stand out.
Poor Lee Dixon sports the Arsenal Away Kit of 1991
Number 6: VFL Bochum Away Kit 1997
How did this colorful outfit pass the approval of the Club’s Board? Still the 90′s. Still bad bad bad.
VFL Bochum Away 1997
Number 5: Notts County Away 1994-95
The real beauty in this kit is not so much the plaid, which is awful on its own, but the addition of those horrendous gold stripes on the edge of the shorts (as well as the socks). Yikes!
Notts County Away Away Kit plaid disaster of 1994-95
Number 4: Birmingham Home Kit 1992
For whatever reason, The Bleacher Report has the wrong photo, but I have it here for your enjoyment. I mean what is going on there with that design and those colors?
Birmingham City 1992
Number 3: Norwich City Home Kit 1992
1992 was not a good year in the way of football kits. This lovely number was dubbed the “bird-poo” kit which is aptly named considering Norwich is referred to as the Canaries. Shocking.
Norwich City’s infamous “bird-poo” kit of 1992
Number 2: Hull City Home Kit 1992-93
Like the Norwich kit in the number 3 position, this is another example of an over-eager designer too keen on using the nickname of the club as a theme for the kit. You won’t be surprised to learn that Hull City is also known as ”the Tigers”. Need I say more? (Honestly, I would have moved back in the rankings, but these are not my findings so I will keep it here at number 2)
The 1992 Hull City Tigers need to change their stripes
And what you’ve all been waiting for….
Drum roll please…….
Number 1: Mexico World Cup 1994
I think you’ll agree that seeing this spicy little treat was worth waiting for. Jorge Campos had to wear this abomination as goalkeeper for Mexico during the 1994 World Cup. Although Brazil were the Cup winners, don’t you agree that Mexico wins the award for the worst football kit of all times?
Jorge Campos was Mexico’s goalkeeper in this memorable ensemble in the 1994 World Cup
There you have it — the worst football kits of all time according to The Bleacher Report. Do you agree? Disagree? Share your own worst kits so we can compare.