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  • by Phil Delves February 05, 2022 3 min read

    What better way for a football team to celebrate its heritage than with a flag?

    From unmistakable national emblems emblazoned across entire shirts, to subtler designs that connect in a more organic way, many football shirts over the years have been inspired by vexillology (that’s the history and symbolism of flags, to us laypeople). And with some bold and brilliant flags out there, it’s no surprise that football shirts have been similarly enriched (in much the same way as our animal shirts discussion).

    Although, of course, not every design gets it quite right – or even a little bit right, as the good people of Twitter pointed out when we asked for their favourite shirt that’s linked to a flag. 

    Here’s some honourable (and dishonourable) mentions.

    Home nations 

    We don’t have to look far beyond our shores for some iconic designs.

    European specials

    Forget Gallic flair, Azzurri style and Belgium panache, Croatia came out top of the pile, with props to Slovenia.

    Going big

    Who needs subtle? Go big… or go home.


    America the beautiful?

    The Stars and Stripes have had some hits in the past… but Columbus Crew’s 2016 ‘homage’, less so.

    Domestic treats

    It’s not all about international teams either.

    Final word

    Goes to Subside Sports for this incredible shout...

    Check out our own collection of hand-picked vintage shirts on our store. You can browse them here.

    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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