Club Teams Europe
Ipswich Town FC
1978 - 1979
Ipswich Town was one of the top clubs in England in the late 70’s and early 80’s with well known international players like Paul Mariner, Mick Mills, Terry Butcher or Arnold Muhren. This shirt was worn after the cup final winning season of 1977/78 by left winger Clive Woods.
Aston Villa FC
1980 - 1981
In 1981 Aston Villa won the english championship with a few points more than runner’s up Ipswich Town. One year later they even became champions of Europe after the legendary final against Bayern Munich. This shirt is a replica shirt which I bought when I was 14 years old. The number was stitched on afterwards.
1980 - 1982
Liverpool was one of the leading clubs in England and in Europe in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They had a famous team with players like Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Phil Thompson, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish, who usually wore the shirt with the number 7. This shirt is just a replica with sown on number, but represents a very famous and successful club era.
1980 - 1989
MEYBA was the shirts manuracturer of Barcelona for about 10 seasons. Later, they changed to Kappa and finally NIKE. The MEYBA shirts of the early 80’s were of a very light and smooth cloth material and confortably to wear. I also liked the simple, but efficient design of those shirts.
1986 - 1989
In the middle of the 80’s HUMMEL was a well known shirts manufacturer of teams like Real Madrid or Denmark as a national team. I liked this type of Real shirt – again with a simple, but beautiful design. The number and the sponsor were not only printed on, but printed into the shirt. This one was worn by Gordillo.
Champions League Final 1999
This shirt is the one worn during the epic Champions League final match against Bayern Munich in May 1999, when reserve players Sheringham and Solskiaer turned the score within only two minutes before the end from a 0-1 defeat to a glorious 2-1 victory. Whoever saw this match won’t ever forget it. Surely the most dramatic final ever! This shirt was prepared for rigth full back Gary Neville.
1999 - 2000
After the winning of the Champions League they wore the same shirts during the CL campaign, with another embroidery („Champions League winners 1999“) and two stars instead of one star above the club logo. The number shape was different as well. This one is a replica with official name and number of David Beckham.
2000 - 2001
The ADIDAS Equipment shirts of 1999/00 and 2000/01 had simply one of the most beautiful design ever since in my opinion. Therefore, this Real Madrid shirt is not historic only due to the high class team they had that time and the world class player which Luis Figo was, but much more because of the shirt itself which in my personal rating is one of the most beautiful shirt I have ever seen.
2000 - 2002
2000/01 and 2001/02 were the last seasons that Manchster United played in UMBRO shirts, before they changed to NIKE. What a pity! These UMBRO shirts were just beautiful and of a very high quality. I will never understand why they changed the label. It was probably a question of money and nothing else, as the NIKE design was just atrocious in my eyes.
2001 - 2002
I already mentioned that I don’t like most of the NIKE shirts with their sometimes very complicated design. But nevertheless there are some exceptions like this beautiful Barcelona shirt from the 2001/02 season. And besides, Gaizka Mendieta was one of my favourite players as well, especially when he played at Valencia.
2001 - 2002
At the beginning of the 21st century Real Madrid often was called „The galactics“ or „The white balet“. Thy had stars like Zidane and Figo in their team and played a very successful football. This shirt is – once more – a very good manufacturer’s work of ADIDAS. Just beautiful! It was worn by Flavio Conceiçao during the Champions League.
2008 - 2009
Even if I repeat myself: In my opinion ADIDAS do a great work with their football shirts. Of course, there are exceptions, but usually their design is very simple and efficient. This shirt was worn by the former dutch national player Ruud van Nistelrooy during the Champions League.
2009 - 2010
The 2008/09 season was the most successful in history. Barça won the „triple“ – Spanish championship, Spanish cup and in May 2009 the Champions League. The success was followed by the winning of the World Club championship. This shirt comes from the following season showing all winner’s badges. It was worn by the French national player Eric Abidal.
2011 - 2012
Have I already said it before that ADIDAS usually make wonderful shirts? 😉 Well, this shirt is just another proof for it. Even though I’m not a Real Madrid fan (and neither of Ronaldo nor Mourinho), this season the red away shirt was just a brillant artwork – simple and efficient and very beautiful. This one was worn by or prepared for the French player Karim Benzema during the Champion’s League.
FC Bayern München
2013 - 2014
The FC Bayern team of the mid 70s around Beckenbauer and Müller is widely regarded as the best one ever. But in my opinion, this team of the 2012 to the 2014 season was even better. Players like Lahm, Robben, Ribbery, Schweinsteiger, Kroos and Thomas Müller, coached by big old Jupp Heynckes, builded a team which played wonderful football and in the 2012/13 season miraculously crushed the great and nearly unbeatable FC Barcelona with a total score of 7:0 – and the Champions League as well at the end.
The shirt itself is also an absolute beauty – a great art work by Adidas and with all the winning patches applied which a club can have. Wow!
Champions League Final 2014
This shirt was issued for Cristiano Ronaldo for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid which Real won with a fantastic score of 4-1 after extra time and reached the historic mark of 10 Champions League titles. It’s another great art work of Adidas, just a beautiful shirt – like so many before … and hopefully more in the future.