Founded in 1948, by German Rudolf Dassler, older brother of Adolf Dassler – he of Adidas fame – Puma has exploded from fairly modest roots into being one of the biggest names in football design in recent decades.
Starting out in football boots, Puma made the natural move into strips, with a stronghold in Germany and Austria, before making strides in English domestic football in the early nineties. The new millennium has seen the Puma reach extend far and wide, both as a domestic and international force, including Italian giants AC Milan, German behemoths Borussia Dortmund and popular Mexican side C.D. Guadalajara, to name a few, whilst on the international front they’ve got everyone from Austria to Uruguay, Iceland to Senegal, covered, literally. And who can forget the small matter of a £650 million kit deal with City Football, which runs until 2029.
So, with over seventy years, in the business, we asked Twitter followers for the best Puma shirts in their collection, and they (and Puma) didn’t disappoint.
Reply with the best Puma shirt in your collection. pic.twitter.com/riDAiyI3Jw— Football Shirt Collective (@thefootballsc) July 27, 2020
There’s only one way to start – Puma’s Azzurri offerings get a universal thumbs up.
As far as I know the azzurro one has not been released yet. But it is on sale in Turkey, the official store of Puma. pic.twitter.com/5GI5bIM6kh— tredici (@13tredici_) July 27, 2020
Puma has left its mark on British football, from some retro designs to modern classics.
Domestic European football has been similarly graced by Puma’s designs.
Fc koln 1998 pic.twitter.com/8h7VbE5TSZ— djt120 (@djt1202) July 27, 2020
Can't pick just one… pic.twitter.com/XNj1IPmwrG— Austin Lee (@austinmjlee) July 27, 2020
Hard to choose pic.twitter.com/oRCUIfExRM— Kiadi (@kiadi) July 27, 2020
Whilst many international teams have been given some special Puma treatment…
Ivory Coast Italy Togo and South Africa pic.twitter.com/gOGdZogBvM— Moz Mackenzie (@kitscollector) July 27, 2020
Switzerland 2012 LS pic.twitter.com/iw92JpPZIO— Bobby Sixkiller (@Charfou90) July 27, 2020
A league of its own
…only one international shirt wins in iconic stakes!
I have this one pic.twitter.com/Tfethl5R8e— Chelsea Pensioner (@ChelseaFanLatam) July 28, 2020
More stunners from around the world
Teams from Brazil to France, Italy to Argentina, Japan to Romania have all donned Puma’s designs.
Could’ve picked 5 or 6 tbh pic.twitter.com/lDyr5hCPVe— 9️⃣ (@_thenumber9_) July 27, 2020
And also… pic.twitter.com/HkK9qxwmOe— Matias Scarso (@matito12) July 27, 2020
These would be mine pic.twitter.com/Y2566IDqzG— Vlad Stănescu (@superdutzu) July 27, 2020
And those cheeky folks at Puma haven’t missed out on a bit of bonus advertising…
How do you choose
When it comes down to it, sometimes you can’t choose a favourite…
well i can't just pick one! pic.twitter.com/Yoykbh7HQ7— Sunny Day Real Aesthete (@leaaves) July 27, 2020
Thanks to everyone who offered up their best Puma shirts for this piece! Follow us on Twitter to join in with more discussions like this one, and show off your collection!
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