The 13 best football kits of all time
5. Brazil, all eras
It's almost impossible to wax lyrical about the Brazilian kit without hearing the voice of Paul Whitehouse's Ron Manager jabbering away in your earhole. But the yellow, blue and white mash-up, with green thrown in, has been a park land symbol for decades. Pick your favourite: 1970, 1982, the 1998 version accompanied by a jaw-dropping ad campaign that framed the entire squad booting their ball around an airport. It's a style classic.
6. England, 1970, 1982 or 1990
In 1970 they were world champions, playing in the unforgiving heat of Mexico, yet there was something reassuringly ice cool about England's all-white football kit. The lack of colour or manufacturer's logo gave it an almost gentlemanly purity; the red numbers on the back (note all future England kit designers: red. Always red) added a dash of regal panache. Equally, the Umbro Italy 1990 top remains much loved, synonymous as it is with Gazza's tears, the loss on penalties and semi-final heartbreak. The away versions in red and blue also hold a special place for many fans, too, while the white England Admiral kit, as worn by Kevin Keegan & Co. at Euro 1980 and the 1982 World Cup, also warrants merit.
7. Peru (away), 2014
When England dispatched Peru 3-0 in 2014 before heading off to Brazil for a summer of misery and doom, the overwhelming vibe wasn't one of 'Well, Roy's Boys might come out of this with a bit of dignity'. No, the topic on most people's lips was: 'How bloody cool was that Peru kit?'
On the face of it, their strip covered the Sunday League basics: red shirts, red socks and red shorts. But the devil was in the detail. The slightly darker sash wrapped around the chest, the gold Umbro logo and a team badge seemingly designed in the back room of some South American social club. An understated blend of sartorial quality. Some may hark back to the classic Peru kit of 1978 but, for us, this tops it.
And the new Umbro Peru 2014 away shirt - which will be worn for the friendly against England on May 30th pic.twitter.com/2bcGReRmcj
— Umbro (@umbro) May 13, 2014
8. France, 1986
A close second to Denmark's super slick design in Mexico '86, France's Adidas kit carried a more stripped back approach: a blue shirt with red and white bands on the shoulders, red socks and white shorts.
It was made all the more iconic by the fact that the designer's three stripe trademark trim on the arms and thighs delivered a distinctive and streamlined edge. The white away kit was smoking, too. The only problem was those shorts: they were just too short. Some may prefer the blue-collared shirt of Platini's Euro 1984-conquering side, but the cleaner design of its successor comes out on top here.