With so many teams’ nicknames featuring animals, it is unsurprising that the animal kingdom has been represented in several forms on football shirts, from Congo to Korea, Mexico to Italy.
Beasts both real and mythical have graced football shirts in times past. From bold tiger-stripe designs à la Hull City to hidden panthers à la Napoli, animal-based designs certainly catch the attention and get fans talking. After all, there is something particularly compelling about coming face to face with a lion or a wolf that lends itself to football shirt design. But there’s only a small portion of the animal kingdom that dominates – unsurprisingly, sloths, anteaters, et cetera, haven’t made their mark just yet.
So there we go, a eclectic selection of football shirts based on animals. If you enjoyed this series, be sure to follow us on Twitter to join in with our daily shirt discussions. If you're lucky, you may even feature in our next piece.
The release of Southampton's 2023 home shirt was more than 2 years in the making. Since the announcement of the club's return to hummel in 2021, a remake of The Saints iconic 1987-1989 home was on the cards.
Collection of retro and vintage football shirts from the early nineties to the present day. All 100% original and shipped from the UK. Browse our shirts from Premier League clubs, Serie A, International and more.