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All the best jerseys with flames pattern

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All the best jerseys with flames pattern Fire on the pitch

There are game kits that are distinguished by unusual elements that we rarely see take the pitch and remain in the minds of fans even decades later. One of these elements is definitely the flames, a pattern that came to the general public in 1997 thanks to adidas when it decided to create a very unusual goalkeeper jersey in green and with flames. A pattern that immediately became iconic and was able to overwhelmingly attract the public's attention so much so that Asics was convinced to create a very similar one in 1998, again for historic goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi. But Japan was not the only one to adopt them; here are the other five iconic jerseys with flames.

Belgio - adidas

The latest to put it on their football shirts was Belgium thanks to a concept created by adidas. A concept almost taken for granted for a national team that is nicknamed the 'Red Devils', and which is not only limited to the jersey but is also present on the socks. A kit that also pays attention to sustainability, to create the home jersey, adidas together with Parley Oceans used a large amount of plastic found in the sea.

Napoli - EA7

Napoli, too, among its 12 jerseys of last season made together with EA7, found room to create one with flames. After those dedicated to Maradona, last year the partenopei took to the field with a jersey made to pay homage and exalt the passion and love of the fans. Inspiration most likely came from Vesuvius, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to its explosive characteristics. 

nss - PUMA

The Volcano Jersey by nss is a reminder of the link that unites Naples and Kagoshima, two similar volcanoes that cancel out the 13,000 kilometres that divide them and, of course, echo the flames. A jersey that is part of a special project carried out by PUMA involving 4 different cities - from Naples to Tokyo, from New York to London - and 4 different cultures, with designs created ad hoc to enhance iconic details of the metropolises.

Giappone - adidas - Asics

At the World Cup in France '98, the goalkeeper of the Japanese national team was most notable for his uniform made by Asics and not for the saves he made. The 'flame' pattern printed on the shirt is reminiscent of those screen prints that all of a sudden appeared on American cars and vans in the 1950s. Certainly, the Japanese selection (at its first ever participation) did not make 'fire and brimstone' in that edition of the World Cup; in fact, they finished the round with zero points in the standings, four goals conceded and only one goal scored. A pattern also proposed two years earlier by adidas, but which, like the next one, did not bring much luck to Miura and Nakata's national team.

Southampton - Admiral

If the Japan shirt is the one that definitively consecrated this pattern, Southampton, however, led the way in 1992. With the help of Admiral, the English adopted this pattern on the second and third shirts, blue and gold respectively.