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The Best Football Shirts Of The 1990s

In this article, we will explore the best football club shirts of the 1990s, which was a decade of great innovation and creativity in football kit design. The shirts of this period were characterized by bold colours, unique patterns, and transformative styles. Here are some of the best ones:


Borussia Dortmund 1996-1997 European Home Football Shirt


Borussia Dortmund 1996-1997 European Home Football Shirt
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Borussia Dortmund had some incredible jerseys throughout the 1990s, but the 96/97 European home shirt stands out as the most unique. The shirt was worn only during the side’s UEFA Champions League matches, featuring a clean Die Continentale sponsor with no text and stunning black stripes running down the front of the shirt.


 

Fiorentina 1997-1998 Home Football Shirt


Fiorentina 1997-1998 Home Football Shirt
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The 97/98 Fiorentina home shirt is a beautiful piece of kit design, with an iconic sponsorship and striking colours. It was worn by footballing legends such as Gabriel Batustuta and Rui Costa, and the Purples finished 5th in Serie A during the 97/98 season with Batustuta scoring 24 goals in all competitions.


 

Manchester United 1990-1991 Away Football Shirt


Manchester United 1990-1991 Away Football Shirt
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This iconic Manchester United 90/91 away shirt, known as "The Snowflake", became so memorable that the club created a remake of it for the 2021/22 season. The shirt's design is characterized by a jagged bright blue and white pattern and features the legendary Sharp front sponsorship. Manchester United finished the 90/91 season in 6th place in the First Division under coach Alex Ferguson.


 

Barcelona 1995-1997 Away Football Shirt


Barcelona 1995-1997 Away Football Shirt
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The mid to late 1990s was Kappa's golden era of making football kits, and this jersey features the amazing Kappa logo sleeves along with a magnificent pattern inspired by famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona finished the 95/96 season in 3rd place in La Liga and runners up in the following year.


 

Celtic 1995-1997 Home Football Shirt


Celtic 1995-1997 Home Football Shirt
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Umbro loved to use club crests at the heart of its kit design process in the mid-90s. One of the jerseys they did this with was the 95/97 Celtic home shirt, putting the club's badge in the famous "hoops" pattern. Other examples of this style by Umbro include the Ajax FC 1994/1996 home shirt and the Everton FC 1995/1997 home shirt. This kit was worn by the likes of Paolo Di Canio, Alan Stubbs, and Peter Grant.


 

Verdy Kawasaki 1993-1995 Home Football Shirt


Verdy Kawasaki 1993-1995 Home Football Shirt
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The J League in the 1990s produced some incredible kits, and one of the best of these is the Verdy Kawasaki 93/95 home shirt. The jersey has a wild, vibrant green design and was manufactured by Japanese sportswear company Mizuno. Verdy Kawasaki won back-to-back league titles wearing this jersey in 1993 and 1994.


 

Notts County 1993-1994 Away Football Shirt


Notts County 1993-1994 Away Football Shirt
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Matchwinner is arguably the most underrated kit manufacturer of all time. One of their kits is the Notts County 93/94 away shirt. The top features an insane purple, blue, and white colour pattern and legendary McEwan's Lager sponsorship.


 

PSG 1996-1997 Away Football Shirt


PSG 1996-1997 Away Football Shirt
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Paris Saint Germain is a club that hardly ever misses when it comes to style, and the 96/97 away shirt is no exception! This kit was worn by players such as Patrice Loko, Nicolas Anelka, and Bruno N'Gotty. The shirt itself has the PSG crest engraved in the design along with a bright red stripe and famous Opel sponsorship. The Parisiens finished the 96/97 season in 2nd place in the French 1st division.


 

Club América 1994/1996 Home Football Shirt


Club América 1994/1996 Home Football Shirt
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Adidas introduced a memorable shirt design in 1994 that was used by multiple clubs, including Olympique Lyon, Besiktas, River Plate, and our favourite, Club América. The design features a flamboyant Jacquard-style pattern with blue, red, and black colours on top of the yellow base colour of the kit. The Mexican side finished 2nd in the Primera Division in the 1994/95 season and repeated this in the following season.


 

UC Sampdoria 1994/1995 Home Football Shirt


UC Sampdoria 1994/1995 Home Football Shirt
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Almost all of the Sampdoria kits from the 90s were remarkable, but we believe the 94/95 home jersey with its jaw-dropping lace-up collar is the highlight. This kit also features the famous flag of Sampdoria, a staple on all Blucerchiati tops. The Italian side reached the semi-finals of the 94/95 UEFA Cup Winners Cup under coach Sven-Göran Eriksson.


 

Arsenal 1991-1993 Away Football Shirt


Arsenal 1991-1993 Away Football Shirt
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It wouldn't be a best of the 90s list without the well-known “bruised banana.” Arsenal wore this iconic kit during the 91/92 and 92/93 seasons, winning the FA Cup and League Cup in the latter. The jersey has had multiple modern reissues but a good example of the original still sells for upwards of £300!


 

Bayern Munchen 1999/2000 Away Football Shirt


Bayern Munchen 1999/2000 Away Football Shirt
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Worn during a highly successful year for Bayern that saw them win the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and the DFB Ligapokal, this magnificent away shirt featured a split red and white colourway with black stripes on Adidas’ famous 1999 template. The jersey was worn by players such as Lothar Matthäus, Roque Santa Cruz, and Stefan Effenberg.


 

Rangers 1995/1996 Home Football Shirt


Rangers 1995/1996 Home Football Shirt
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A spectacular home jersey that was worn during a period of domestic dominance for Rangers, winning their 8th league title in a row during the 95/96 season. The jersey itself features a pattern of the club’s crest and McEwan’s Lager front sponsor. The kit was worn by players such as Ally McCoist, Paul Gascoigne, and Brian Laudrup.


 

Boca Juniors 1990/1991 Away Football Shirt


Boca Juniors 1990/1991 Away Football Shirt
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The 1990s were a period when Adidas created some of the best football jerseys ever. One of these was right at the start of that decade with the 90/91 Boca Juniors away shirt. The jersey features the same well-known pattern that was used on Germany’s 1989-91 shirt but in the iconic Boca yellow and blue colours. This famous design also inspired the style of the Boca Juniors 2020/21 away kit.


 

LA Galaxy 1997-1998 Home Football Shirt


LA Galaxy 1997-1998 Home Football Shirt
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Much like J League in the 1990s, the early years of the MLS featured some of the best-looking and underrated kits of their era. One of these was LA Galaxy’s 1997/98 home shirt. The kit showcases a stunning yellow and black pinstripe style on top of a gorgeous light sea green colour. LA Galaxy finished in 2nd position in the Western Conference during the 1997 season, reaching the conference semi-finals where they were knocked out by Dallas Burn.



 

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