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  • by Phil Delves February 05, 2022 3 min read

    adidas are pillars of the football shirt world.

    If you ask someone what the greatest shirt of all time is, they’ll most likely reply with one of two adidas shirts (I hope I don’t have to tell you which?). The 80s and 90s were flat out dominated by the three stripes, and even though Nike rose to prominence in the late 90s to challenge the crown, it’s been something of a closely-fought two horse race in the years since.

    Whenever a club joins adidas (think Leeds or Celtic this year), fans typically rejoice. Other fans look on in jealously, even though many hardcore members of the kit community have questioned adidas over their overuse of templates and persistence on using plain backs in recent years (maybe that’s just me…).

    Regardless, any conversation centred around adidas is bound to be an aesthetically pleasing one. In a similar vein to our question about Kappa, we sought to find the best adidas shirts of all time with the help of the all-knowing source of wisdom that is Twitter.

    GOAT in every sense of the word

    The shirt, the player, the shiny shorts. This picture has everything.

    Who can forget

    Marseille and adidas clearly left a mark on people, and rightly so.

    Perfect pinstripes

    No one has ever managed to execute the pinstripe look as well as adidas.

    A beautiful marriage

    Sometimes a brand and team are meant to be together. Step forward adidas and France.

    Blue is the colour

    Like France, Brighton and adidas had a very aesthetically pleasing relationship.

    A surging Scottish shout

    Several people offered up kits from the Hibs x adidas days, and it was a welcome shout.

    Pulled out of a hat

    Similarly, Luton received a lot of deserved love.

    90s gems

    There’s a reason Arsenal have looked to some of their 90s classics since their adidas reunion

    Give it up for the keepers!

    adidas were pioneers in the goalkeeper kit game, perhaps most famously with this design.

    You didn’t think we’d forget, did you?

    Let’s end this thing on a high.


    Follow us on Twitter to join in with discussions like this on a daily basis. If you play your cards right, your tweet will appear in a future piece.

    Phil Delves
    Phil Delves

    As Head of Content, Phil is the creative playmaker of the team, covering every angle of football shirt news in our blogs and weekly Newsletter. Whether it's telling your fakes from your authentics, or deep dives into the newest football shirts designs, Phil will have all your football shirt content needs covered.

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