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FourFourTwo's 50 favourite football shirts... EVER

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40. Fiorentina, home (1992-93)

It was a tough year on the pitch – La Viola were relegated from Serie A – and also for Lotto’s design department, when it was pointed out that their shirt was covered in bloody swastikas. They pleaded it was an accident, but it was withdrawn, quick-sharp, just in case.

39. Madureira Sporting Club (2013)

Brazilian minnows Madureira slapped '60s Argentine troublemaker Che Guevara on their shirt not just in the hope of selling it to students: it marked 50 years since the club visited Che’s old stamping ground of Cuba and met the beret-wearing Marxist insurgent after one of their games.

38. Tampico Madero (1980-82)

Behold our new crustacean overlords! The Mexican Tamaulipas region is well known for its jaibas seafood, with nippy claw logos plastered all over the place, from buses to benches. So it was only natural that the team – nicknamed the Brave Crabs – would take matters to the next level.

37. Belgium (1984)

Part shirt, part pack of a playing card, this Argyle reference is a 1980s football casual dresser’s wet dream, and one of the most original international jerseys ever. Adidas at its creative best.

36. Tampa Bay Rowdies (1978-81)

One of the short-lived NASL’s finest efforts: a great green and white colour scheme, and a font you’d associate more with a rock ’n’ roll poster.

35. Atalanta, away (1991-93)

A love-it-or-hate-it affair, but we’re in the former camp. Some art school football shirts look dreadful, but this pen-flecked attempt – classic early '90s stuff – was pretty swish.

34. France (1982)

Alright France, we give in: your shirts are simply le bomb. The deep blue, central stripes and proud cockerel make this one something to crow about – especially as a great Bleus side wore it as they thrilled in the '82 World Cup.

33. CCCP (1970)

The Soviet Union's big red machine trampled its way to the quarter-finals of Mexico '70, where they were eventually immobilised by Uruguay. But they did it looking menacingly sharp in this simplistic number, complemented by the all-black goalkeeper kit of Anzor Kavazashvili. Terrifying.   

32. New York Cosmos (1979)

Designed by Ralph Lauren, and further proof that the Cosmos were barely about football at all; more peacocking around Studio 54 with Warhol and Bowie. Still, the logo was outstanding, and with Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Neeskens all in the side, they could play a bit too.

31. Brazil (1986)

There’s never been a ropey Brazil shirt, but this one, donned by Socrates, Zico, Josimar, Falcao and chums, is – for us – the definitive Seleção selection.