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The 50 most legendary shirts according to France Football

These are not the most beautiful, but those who wrote history (for the French)

The 50 most legendary shirts according to France Football These are not the most beautiful, but those who wrote history (for the French)

In the latest issue of the French magazine France Football - the one that brings together the committee of journalists to elect the Ballon d'Or - a list of the 50 jerseys of both clubs and national teams ''entered into the legend'' appeared: these are not the more beautiful or more successful, but those that have indelibly marked the history of their city or country through football.

Italy appears seven times, one of them in a "special" way: in fact the only goalkeeper's jersey among the 50 selected is that of Dino Zoff from 1982. Let's find out what the other 49 are:

50. LENS 1988-1999

Within 11 years the Racing Club de Lens went from relegation in the second French league to the title of champion of France (1997/1998) and to the victory of the French League cup (1998/1999).


49. BRAZIL 1958

The Brazilian national team wins the World Cup in Sweden.


48. WEST GERMANY 1988-1991

Victory of the World Cup of Italy '90.


47. AJAX 2018/2019

Winner of the Dutch league and semi-finalist of the Champions League (with a team of baby phenomena).


46. ITALY 1982 (DINO ZOFF)

Tribute to Dino Zoff, captain of the Italian national world champion at the World Cup of Spain '82.



West Germany wins the World Cup as a host team.


44. NAPOLI 1985-1987

The rise of Napoli to the top of the Italian ranking: in two seasons he collects a third place, a League title and an Italian cup.


43. FLAMENGO 1970-1980

In that decade the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo collects 4 Carioca championships and 6 regional championships, with the climax reached in the 80s/81s season with the victory of the Brazilian championship and Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental cup in 1981.


42. LEEDS UNITED 1974/1975

Within two years Leeds collected a third place and its second title of champion of England.


41. CAMERUN 2002

First the African Cup victory and then the World Cup in Korea and Japan: FIFA put Cameroon jerseys out of play, establishing that the shirt was mandatory. The Cameroonian football association, however, resorted to an escamotage that respected the rules: the sleeves of the shirts were entirely black, to make the shirt look like a tank top.


40. HOLLAND 1988

West Germany European victory with a victory in the final against the Soviet Union. In that team the trio of wonders (and of Milan) van Basten, Gullit and Frank Rijkaard.


39. ARGENTINE 1978

World Cup victory played at home.



On June 22, 1974 East Germany - West Germany was played, rivals more from the political point of view than from sport. These faced off in a game of the first phase of the 1974 world championship, which went down in history as the only meeting between the two major national teams, and marked by the sensational victory of the low-ranked DDR 1-0.


37. BARCELONA 1998/1999

Within two years he won two Spanish championships, a King's cup and a European Super Cup.
The second year he wore the centenary celebratory shirt.


36. INTER 1963/1964

A golden biennium: Champions Cup 1963, replies the following year by adding the championship and the Intercontinental Cup.


35. REIMS 1958-1960

In three years the Stade de Reims wins: 2 French championships, a French Cup and a Super Cup.


34. WEST HAM 1974-1976

From thirteenth place to victory in the FA Cup.



World Cup in Argentina: after a difficult group, the French have to play against Hungary. Following an administration error, the Blues play with white and green striped shirts borrowed from a local team, the Club Atlético Kimberley de Mar del Plata.



European champions the previous year, they manage to take home a triple: English Super Cup, Football League Cup and another Champions League. In the championship he finished second behind Liverpool.


31. FRANCE 1982

The ''Seville Night'': Spain World Cup semifinal. France will lose on penalties against West Germany after drawing 3-3 extra time.


30. CROATIA 1998

World debutant after the dissolution of Yugoslavia: semi-final (lost) and third place finish.


29. ZAIRE 1974

Zaire won the 1974 African Nations Cup and participated in the World Cup of the same year where one remembers a particular episode: during the game against Brazil, in the 85th minute on the 3-0 result for the Brazilians, a match was awarded punishment for South Americans who should have beaten Rivelino; at the time of the whistle, Mwepu came out of the barrier kicking the ball away, then being warned by the referee.


28. BRAZIL 1986

Brazil defeated in the semi-finals on penalties from France after Zico had a penalty saved during regular times.


27. SAMPDORIA 1991/1992

Italian champion 90-91, wins the Italian Super Cup but loses the Champions League final.


26. ENGLAND 1966

In the English World Cup in which a mascot is first introduced, the hosts dominate West Germany in extra time.


25. RIVER PLATE 1949/1950

No particular victory, but an honorable mention for having participated in a charity match in Turin in memory of the victims of the Superga tragedy.


24. CORINTHIANS 1982/1983

In April of that year, President Vicente Matheus' term ends and Waldemar Pires replaces him. The players Sócrates, Wladimir and Casagrande stand as the leaders of the locker room and in fact begin a self-management of the club, directing the team alongside the coach Mario Travaglini. The formation is decided by the players, who vote on every question posed, effectively following the democratic system: in 1982 and 1983 the team wins the Paulista Championship.


23. REAL MADRID 2001/2002

Galacticos' RealMadrid of Zidane, Raul, Roberto Carlos and Figo win Champions League and Spanish Super Cup.


22. ARSENAL 1970/1971

English champion and FA Cup winner.


21. BARCELONA 1974-1976

As champion of Spain (1974) it changes its name to Futbol Club Barcelona


20. NAPOLI 1988/1989

Second place in Serie A, Italian Cup finalist and UEFA Cup winner. The Italian title will arrive the following year.



Club foundation year. Pele will arrive 5 years later but the uniform has always remained the same.


18. URSS 1960

European victory in the first disputed edition.


17. BASTIA 1977/1978

Cinderella of the UEFA Cup where she arrives in the final but loses (the return) against PSV Ehindoven.


16. REAL MADRID 1956-1964

In 8 years 5 Champions Cups and 5 Spanish Championships.


15. LIVERPOOL 1977/1978

Traditional red with a white 'V' neck and golden logos: this is how the Reds of Bob Paisley, champion of Europe in that season, took the field.


14. MILAN 1989/1990

No introduction is needed for that group of Arrigo Sacchi, winner of the European Cup after the 1-0 win at Benfica.


13. MARSEILLE 1992/1993

AC Milan lost the Champions League edition against the French at the last step, winning 1-0 thanks to Boli. The captain was Didier Deschamps, a memorable player like the shirt that the President Bernard Tapie's OM wore. The championship title will also arrive and then revoked for a corruption scandal.


12. CELTIC 1966/1967

There are those who have a Triplete on the bulletin board, but Jock Stein's team did even better: Scudetto, two national cups and also the Champions Cup overcoming Helenio Herrera's Inter 2-1.


11. FRANCE 1998

The first world title in front of its audience: it can only be a party for the Bleus in the home event. Aimé Jacquet led them, on the field a parade of champions with an immense Zidane twice to score in the final against Brazil.


10. PSG 1982/1983

Second consecutive triumph in the French Cup for Parisians coached by Georges Peyroche, who had their best scorer in the Dutch Kist.


9. FRANCE 1984

The Bleus trained by Hidalgo beat Spain 2-0 and rise to the top of Europe in the home tournament. In goal in the final an amazing Michel Platini, top scorer in that European with 9 goals for the first time of the French.


8. JUVENTUS 1983-1985

We find Platini this time in black and white jersey; a two-year period with Trapattoni on the bench and endless titles: a Scudetto and a Cup of Cups, then the UEFA Super Cup and the first historic Champions' Cup in the Heysel drama. Le Roi on the field was the absolute leader: it is no coincidence that he won the Ballon d'Or three times in that period.



The second world title of the Albiceleste with a monumental Diego Armando Maradona: he can only be the protagonist of that edition, 5 goals but not only. It is impossible to forget the insane quarter-final brace against England that brought it to history.


6. PERU 1970-1982

''Splendor without grandeur''. Indeed Blanquirroja lived its best period thanks to a generation of gold: Teofilo Cubillas the most illuminating talent, leader of a national team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1970s. The 1975 Copa America was also on the bulletin board and an excellent figure in 1982.



The Xeneizes shirt in Maradona's only season before moving to Barcelona. For Diego 28 goals in 40 games with the opening win and the farewell: this jacket remains a heirloom for lovers of South American football and of course Diez.


4. BRAZIL 1970

Another world triumph which, unfortunately, concerned us closely. Seleçao's third success after 4-1 to Italy in the Mexican tournament.


3. HOLLAND 1974

"Oranje di fuoco": the creator of the Ajax revolutionary counted on his loyalists, like Johan Cruyff who had just moved to Barcelona. Five wins in 6 games before the final against West Germany, 2-1 victorious despite Neeskens' immediate advantage.


2. SAINT-ETIENNE 1975-1977

There are two national titles for Robert Herbin's Verts, a team that wore an iconic shirt thanks also to the manufacturing sponsor. Tunic also on stage in Europe with the mockery of the European Cup, final lost against Bayern Munich in 1976. Enough for France Football to consider it legendary.


1. AJAX 1971-1973

France Football which reserves first place for the iconic Ajax shirt from the early seventies, "a symbol of eternity" for an invincible and unforgettable team. Yes, because the formation of Kovacs conquered everything in the name of a football never seen before: all easy in Holland and above all in Europe, three consecutive Champions Cups like the Golden Balls won by Johan Cruyff.