With the build up to the European Championships in full swing, I thought what else could I do to stir up the excitement.
One thing all football fans love, is a beautiful looking replica shirt.
Most of the modern day shirts however, are slightly generic. I, like many, love the old school retro shirts.
During every major tournament, thousands of England fans, and fans of every nation, dig out their old shirts and head down the pub to show off their attire. Some of the old strips you see during these summer tournaments are fantastic. Bring back good (and bad) memories.
Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic kits from European National sides in recent history!
England – 1980-83
Where better to start?
The ICONIC English shirts from 1980-83. Both the home and away shirts were absolute beauties.
These were worn during the 1980 European Championship, and the 1982 World Cup.
Probably most famous for being worn by the likes of Kevin Keegan and Trevor Francis in Spain during the 82 World Cup, where despite being unbeaten, England crashed out.
England – 1966
We couldn’t leave this one out.
Worn the only time England have ever won the World Cup. This shirt will forever be in English fans minds. The Geoff Hurst hat trick against West Germany in the final won England the Jules Rimet trophy.
Despite being released over 55 years ago, you still see English supporters rocking this retro shirt.
Italy – 1992-94
Italy are renown for their beautiful football shirts, but I love this 1992-94 home strip.
Worn during the 1994 World Cup defeat to Brazil on penalties, the shirt was worn by some of the finest Italian footballers in recent history.
The likes of Franco Baresi, Roberto Baggio and Paolo Maldini donned the jersey for that World Cup, and helped make it so iconic.
West Germany – 1990-92
Quite easily my favourite shirt on this list.
This shirt oozes class, and the likelihood is you’ll know most of the players who wore it.
Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthaeus, Rudi Voller and Jurgen Klinsmann all started the 1990 World Cup Final in Rome, and lifted the famous trophy aloft in these iconic shirts.
France – 1998
Another beautiful shirt, and another World Cup winning shirt.
France were the home country in 1998, and produced a stunning looking shirt for the occasion.
Worn by the likes of Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Petit and Zinedine Zidane, who scored twice against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup Final.
Which shirt is your favourite? Mine is West Germany, closely followed by France 1998.
And which shirt are you looking forward to wearing during Euro 2020? Let us know!