Retro soccer jerseys: the most memorable Euros kit of all time, ranked – and where to buy
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Euro 2020 is well and truly underway, and outside of the action on the pitch we’ve seen some great kit designs.
There is no doubt that in the years to come many of these shirts will be considered classics, and that got us thinking about some of the best clothing choices we’ve seen in recent years.
So, without further ado, here are 20 of the best European Championship kits of all time …
Wales, Euro, ’16
Can anything really be considered retro if it only came out five years ago? Probably not, but the fact that Wales reached the bottom four in the competition on their very first attempt wearing this Adidas number means that it will absolutely go down in history as a cult classic.
Netherlands, Home, ’04
Slap bang in the middle of Nike’s T90 phase, a lot of model kits they produced around this time were a bit of a letdown, but the Netherlands, in a typically striking orange, was formidable.
Greece, Home, ’04
No doubt helped by the fact that they caused one of the biggest upheavals in Euro history when they lifted the trophy in 2004, this kit is always a great effort no matter how you watch it.
Perfectly occupied in a way that only Adidas consistently nails.
Italy, house, ’96
Italy never fails with its kits. (Let’s ignore their current offer for the purposes of this statement).
Their Euro ’96 home jersey was just huge, with its plunging collar and white trims, and although the Italians lost in the group stages, at least they looked good to do so.
Scotland, house, ’96
The Scots might not have done very well at Euro 96, but this tartan affair – while looking a bit like something a dart player could don – was still a real bright light.
Denmark, house, ’92
The Danes didn’t even qualify for the tournament initially, but they won it anyway, and they did it looking cooler than almost everyone thanks to that stunner Hummel. A triumph.
Italy, house, ’00
Maybe it looks a bit like a rugby jersey, but Kappa’s decision to put his mark on the sleeve instead of the chest lends itself to a clean and simplistic masterpiece.
Croatia, Home, ’96
Oh Loto. Loto, Loto, Loto. They don’t do them like that anymore, do they?
Yes, it’s that classic Croatian checkerboard design a la Battenberg, but it’s looser, beautifully done, and overall much, much cooler.
England, house, ’92
On first inspection, this is your standard home shirt in England with a touch of navy blue.
Take a closer look, however, and you’ll notice this crazy zigzag design and cute Umbro details on the sleeve. Superb. The exterior kit isn’t bad either.
Portugal, house, ’00
Deep brown accented with gold and green – 100% concentrated Iberian sophistication. Sober and beautiful.
Scotland, Exterior, ’92
Somewhere between the interior of a kaleidoscope and a Wetherspoons rug, the garish, brash details of this white number have a certain nondescript quality to its garish sound that makes it downright endearing.
England, ’96, Exterior
Much more confrontational than the home kit, admittedly, but for our money this away kit is still a thing of beauty – albeit in a somewhat unconventional way.
Shades of grayish blue and three large imposing lions on the chest, it is the quintessence of the 90s Umbro through and through.
Scotland, Away, ’96
Another bold design that reels in its eerieness, this time the Scots have gone for deep purples and greens to produce something that manages to capture the spirit of the nation and the twisted coolness of the ’90s.
England, exterior, ’00
What an absolute humdinger of an alternative band it was.
The red and navy blue complemented each other perfectly, and the collar – thick and ripe to be turned up – was a touch of class. One of the best England away kits.
Sweden, ’92, Home
Just watch it. That incomparable yellow, those royal blue stripes that stretch over the shoulder to the cross on the chest. This could be the pinnacle of Swedish home shirts – and that in itself says something.
England, house, ’00
Some people will take a look at this solid white round neck number and dismiss it as boring or uninspired.
To these people we say âLess is more, folks. ‘Less is more’. Simple, efficient, classic.
France, ’84, Home
Since then, the benchmark for French home kits, this deep blue dream, embellished with red and white horizontal stripes, has been tailor-made to take advantage of the rays of the sun on the CÃ´te d’Azur – or by the sea. the paddling pool in your back garden.
England ’96, Home
Gazza’s peroxide barnet, dentist’s chair, Baddiel and Skinner – must we continue? Euro ’96 went down in history as one of the most iconic ones in recent memory for English fans, and they did it all wearing this Umbro barnstormer.
The collar, the massive center badge, the retro font – what a beauty.
West Germany, Euro ’88, Home
Germans very rarely miss their kits, and this is arguably one of their best.
From the three stripes on the sleeves to the jagged pop of color on the chest, this shirt is so 80s it might as well have a built-in mullet and a copy of Kraftwerk’s greatest hits. Das ist sehr gut.
Netherlands, Euro ’88, Home
An absolute Dutch wonder – perhaps the best kit ever, not to mention a European Championship.
Made all the more iconic by the fact that the Netherlands lifted the trophy, this striking Adidas number, with its geometric design and flashes of white, is a stone cold classic.