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FourFourTwo's 50 favourite football shirts... EVER

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20. Stockport County, home (1981/82)

Even the most agitated Falkland Islander would be hard pushed to deny that the Argentina international shirt is a peach, but Stockport’s lovely homage to it was unfortunately withdrawn after the war over Las Malvinas broke out early that season.

19. Man City, away (1988-90)

One of the few football tops that could be acceptably worn in the church of Mancunian acid house cool, the Hacienda. Mind my pint, Bez!

18. Wales, away (1980-83)

The Principality have had some great kits over the years, and for our money the finest is this obscure yellow and green change number from 1980-83. Think Ian Rush, Kevin Ratcliffe and Joey Jones in full adidas glory.

17. Verdy Kawasaki, home (1993-94)

Presumably after passing the bong around Mizuno HQ and wigging out to Anthem of the Sun by the Grateful Dead, the design team got straight on with knocking up this splendidly psychedelic effort for the Tokyo-based yo-yo club. Far out, おとこ (that’s Japanese for man).

16. Colombia, away (1990)

Higuita! Valderrama! Escobar! Rincon! Iconic team they may have been, but Colombia were actually a bit rubbish at Italia '90, scraping out of the group stage in third place then exiting to Cameroon. Still, at least they looked good while getting their arses handed to them by Roger Milla & Co. in this deep red number, complete with jazzy symmetrical shoulder bars. 

15. Atalanta, away (1990-91)

Despite being a cut and paste of the classic Germany shirt from the same era, this is a masterpiece of design, and the colour scheme just gives it the edge over Die Mannschaft’s top threads.

14. Club America, home (1994-96)

A shirt that invokes both Colombia’s ‘birdman’ super-fan and the Rio carnival, this was a jersey that could have gone badly awry. But for us, the primary colours ambition on display makes it more brilliant than bonkers. The Mexico City outfit’s continental badge finishes it off perfectly.

13. Sampdoria, home (1991/92)

Sampdoria shirts are always outstanding, but this one – from the year that the Genoese marvels pipped the two Milan clubs to the title – is slick Italian style at its very zenith. Best worn by the slick ‘terrible twins’ up front – Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini.

12. Tottenham, home (1985-87)

Good on hummel, who thought slanted pinstripes above chevrons would work. And by Jove, they do: this super-stylish Spurs effort from the mid-to-late '80s was fine design, featuring yet more chevrons on the sleeves and neatly fitting all of its components into one compact area. Ossie Ardiles never looked so good. 

11. Mexico, home (1998)

A bit of local artistic influence always enhances a kit, and manufacturers Aba Sports channel a bit of imagery here in a manner that the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl would surely have approved of – becoming drunk on fermented agave juice and cavorting with his sister in celebration, as was apparently his wont.