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The 13 best football kits of all time

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9. Melchester Rovers

There's something stout and stoic about the yellow and red shirt, as worn by football's most heroic fictional character, Roy Race. The club never traded in flash-in-pan modernity such as zip-up collars or fancy bands across the sleeves, although a quick look online throws up one or two abominations. Still, there's a familiar look to the kit worn by Race as he played out his 865 seasons, winning 432 league titles, 78 European Cups and surviving approximately 22 helicopter crashes. It was football fantasy, literally. While wearing a Nike kit in the mid-80s, Race was shouldered by the Kemp brothers from Spandau Ballet as chairman Geoff Boycott watched from the stands. It could only happen at Melchester. Or maybe West Ham.

Melchester Rovers

10. Barcelona, all eras

Barcelona through the ages: Messi, Rivaldo, Cruyff

What's your favourite Barcelona team? The all-conquering tippy tappy, ball-hogging incarnation of recent memory? Or sides featuring Diego Maradona, Rivaldo, and er, Mark Hughes? Either way, despite the perennial spring cleaning of staff that takes place at the club, there is at least one constant: that cracking red and blue strip. Of course, the away kit has presented plenty of nominations for the worst kit of all time - mouthwash green, chinese takeaway vomit peach - but for a stonewall classic, it's hard to beat the stripes of Barca. And woe betide any Sunday League team brave enough to wear those colours. You're going home beaten and black-eyed. Unless, of course, you're really good.

11. Netherlands, 1988

Netherlands 1988

The kit adorned by the likes of the 1988 European Championship side, featuring Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten where he scored that goal, is another Adidas shirt, using fading-out triangles set against the traditional orange of the Netherlands. It was soon replaced, however, and is now tough to track down on classic football shirt and auction sites.

12. Argentina, 1986

The shirt of the Albiceleste as they won the big one for the second time at Mexico '86. A classic design and round neck capture the spirit of their Peter Shilton-rounding captain Diego Maradona and his triumphant fellow countrymen.

Argentina 1986

13. Arsenal (away), 1991

The 'squashed banana' kit of the Gunners from the early '90s has gone from being regarded as a garish abomination to being considered quite cult with some fans. A memorably distinctive design aids its cause.