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The Best Euros Football Kits!
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The Best Euros Football Kits!

Article by Studio Ground Floor

‘Tis the sporty season! ⚽️⚽️⚽️

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Hello! This is part two of our Best Euros kit series. Part one came out last week over at The Pangram Paper Newsletter. Make sure to sign up so you don’t miss a single thing in the Pangram Pangram world! 🔔

Continuing our celebration of the Euro’s, we thought we’d take a look at the best European football shirts. We’re sporty people, what can we say? In our tribute to football fashion, we delve into some historic kits, each telling a story of its own, whether it’s bold checks, timeless hues or something a little more… dramatic. Let’s go. Kick off! ⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽

🇫🇷 France’s ’98

France’s 1998 home kit is a timeless classic, synonymous with Les Bleus’ historic World Cup victory on home soil. The bold blue jersey, adorned with the iconic rooster emblem, exudes elegance and pride. Its simplicity is its strength, paying homage to French footballing tradition whilst having a quintessentially sporty swagger that you just don’t get these days (let’s be honest).

🇳🇱 Netherlands‘88

Sticking in the ‘80s, the Netherlands’ 1988 home kit is a masterpiece of Dutch design. The vibrant orange jersey, adorned with the iconic lion crest within a wildly wonderful gradient space, is a No. One amongst many, capturing the nation’s prowess at the game (that we still very much see to this day). Sleek, simple and remarkably impactful.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland‘96

The Tartan Army’s 1996 kit is a classic blend of tradition and modernity – a true tribute to Scottish heritage. The deep navy blue shirt, accentuated with an ever-so-subtle and ever-so-slick tartan pattern, embodies the spirit of Scotland. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 The simple yellow accents add a lovely, vibrant contrast, making it a bit of a standout kit. GOD BLESS SCOTLAND! 🫡

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England’s 1965-74

England’s 1965-74 away kit, famously worn in their ‘66 win, is a nod to the Three Lions’ storied past, and remains, to this day, one of the most iconic football shirts ever. And that’s not a surprise, look at it! No sponsors. Some astonishingly warm numbering on the reverse. All red. The three lions. It’s coming home!!!

🇭🇷 Croatia‘96

Croatia’s 1996 home kit is one of the most distinctive in football history. I mean, come on. The iconic red and white chequered design, inspired by the country's coat of arms, made an unforgettable debut at the ‘96 Euros, and set a standard from then on. Taking a step back, this kit not only symbolised Croatia’s rich cultural heritage but also marked their first major tournament as an independent nation, making it a piece of football history. 👏👏👏👏 Also, the blocky type… she’s stunning.💅

🇷🇴 Romania‘96

Romania’s 1996 home kit is a vibrant testament to the nation’s colourful footballing style. And, equally, a testament to how cool small v-neck collars were, are and will always be. 🙌 The bright yellow jersey, accented with red and blue trim, reflects the Romanian flag’s colours, keeping a bold, simple aesthetic, capturing the essence of the team’s flair and creativity on the pitch. This kit, worn during a period of remarkable international success, remains a favourite among football aficionados.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales‘06

More recently (albeit almost 20 years ago), Wales’ 2006 home kit is a standout in Euros’ fashion lineup, clinging onto the football v-neck long past its time in the most glorious way. Maybe we’re just a fan of red, but the confidence in its minimal approach really works, plus, its rigid lettering – drawing on the heritage of the team – certainly makes its mark on the pitch. Also, Wales have a dragon, and that just rocks. No one can top that.

🇮🇹 Italy‘68

Just 🤌🤌 Italy’s 1968 kit is a timeless piece of football fashion, epitomising the elegance and simplicity of Italian design, meanwhile, embodying the decade’s contribution to sporting livery. 🏆 The azure blue shirt, a symbol of the national team, features minimal embellishments, allowing the rich colour to take centre stage. This classic kit, which saw Italy triumph in the European Championship, is a true icon, reflecting the nation’s storied footballing history and their ever-so-stylish approach to the game.

🇩🇪 West Germany‘88

West Germany’s 1988 home kit is a testament to Die Mannschaft’s dominance on the international stage. The bold white jersey, featuring the iconic geometric stripes and eagle crest, embodies the team’s strength and resilience at a troubling time to the nation, whilst, equally looking as ridiculously striking and it looks quintessentially ‘80s.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 CHEEKY BONUS – England‘96 Goalie

I mean really. COME ON. Look at it. Some revere it as one of the worst football shirt designs ever to grace the pitch. But we say, nay. That’s straight up genius. David Seaman’s moustache only enhances the vibe.🥸

🇯🇵 CHEEKY BONUS BONUS — Japan’s‘92 Goalie

I mean really. COME ON. NO, it’s not a European kit, but what you are going to do. It is what it is. Sue me! Get over yourself. If anything is worthy of breaking some rules, it’s Japan’s ‘92 goalie shirt. 🌸 I mean, there are no words. I literally have no words. Look at it!!! Straight up fire. THEY DON’T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥