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FourFourTwo's 50 favourite football shirts... EVER

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30. Gremio, home (1989-90)

A Brazilian classic colour combo, enhanced further by the sewn-on manufacturers logo and curly fizzy pop logo sponsorship.

29. Roma, home (1981-82)

Another side that rarely put out poor kits – that colour combo and wolf imagery can’t fail – Roma’s apex came this year with its most stylish exponent, Falcao (despite his curly Phil Neal mullet), apparently having a hand in the design.

28. Nigeria, home (1994)

The Super Eagles topped their group at USA '94 with this African print-patterned adidas number, only to deny the world a fifth game in it by losing to eventual finalists Italy in the last 16. If only more teams would incorporate local influences into their shirts like this.

27. Nagoya Grampus Eight, home (1994-95)

J League shirts have always been heavily influenced by Japan’s unique artistic and design tradition, and this one – famously modelled by Gary Lineker for a couple of terms at the end of his career – was a smasher.

26. Marseille, home (1971/72)

A groundbreaker. This was the first shirt to have something we now take for granted: a brand logo and a sponsor. It looked darned dapper, too.

25. Argentina, home (1986)

England players saw far too much of this shirt's rear while watching Diego Maradona scurry out of reach for 90 minutes at Mexico '86 – the tournament at which Argentina's diminutive genius left all in his wake before lifting the Jules Rimet. Iconic. 

24. Corinthians, home (1982-83)

Charged with political significance: in ’82 the players of the crisis-torn Sao Paulo outfit – including ciggy-mad Seleção God Socrates – took over the running of day-to-day operations, with employees, players and managers all getting an equal vote. It looks unbelievably good, too.

23. Fiorentina, away (1996-97)

Purple is a tricky colour to pull off and often the preserve of the Mad Cat Lady (even when it's merely just for trim in this white number), but in Italy’s most beautiful city they’ll tell you it’s violet and point you at a picture of Gabriel Batistuta looking unbelievable. Bonus points for Super Mario getting involved.

22. France, away (2011-12)

The Breton stripe was used by the French navy from 1858, popularised by Coco Chanel in 1917, and is still a staple of casual womenswear and high fashion Jean Paul Gaultier sailor outfits. Full marks to the France side for embracing the tradition for this shipshape away effort.

21. Juventus, home (1983-84)

A shirt fit for Serie A and European Cup Winners' Cup champions. This delightful creation from Kappa is the all-time classic Juventus shirt, known for its stylish giant collar, smart V-neck... and Michel Platini. It's all about Platini.