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Attention all football fanatics – it’s time to put your kit knowledge to the test. Did Juventus always sport their signature stripes? Have Chelsea players always resembled Smurfs on the pitch? And have Everton moved through more than one shade of blue? Will you be top of the football club kit table? Give our quiz a shot to find out.
Barcelona’s 2010 home shirt has got to be one of the coolest in the world. In addition to ruling Europe, the club was also morally superior to everyone else, having had the non-profit organisation Unicef as their “sponsor”. Blaugrana, as they’re commonly called in their native land, refers to their iconic colours which have been part of its strip since the club was founded in 1899. Blue and red vertical stripes are the dominant pattern which has featured on all but one of their kits throughout history. Can you remember which?
Arguably the biggest club in football has had a number of kit manufacturers, some well-known, others not so much. Maybe you’ve heard of Meyba, who produced the home team’s kits between 1982 and 1992. Later years saw a partnership with Kappa and record 155 million euro deal with Nike.
Don’t Argue with Orange
For the Dutch national team, its all-orange attire has been legendary ever since the days of Cruyff in the 1970s. They made a one-off appearance at the 1934 World Cup in dark blue and orange socks, but have otherwise stuck to their famous “Oranje” colour scheme.
Can you guess when the squad wore their famous beehive-patterned shirt? Here’s a hint: it’s regarded as the holy grail of football shirts and coincided with the greatest moment in the national team’s history. Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman and Ruud Gullit all donned the kit for their country in the final against the Soviet Union in the European Championships. Try out our quiz to see if you’ve got the right answer.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 is just months away, and sadly the Oranje along with Italy, USA, Chile and Cameroon, failed to qualify. But at least their absence means talented teams such as Belgium, Egypt and Nigeria can compete instead for the most prestigious prize in football.
The Red Devils
Before Manchester United became the Red Devils of Old Trafford, they sported green, yellow, white and black colours on the pitch under their original name of Newton Health LYR. The club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and made red its trademark colour. Today, it is one of the most successful clubs on the planet. One of its most interesting kits was its 1991/2 Adidas away kit. A young Ryan Giggs and his team mates wore patterned blue and white jerseys, resembling a jigsaw puzzle more than a football strip.
The club has had five sponsors in 134 years of football, including Sharp, Vodafone, AIG, Aon and Chevrolet. In 2013, the club’s four-year sponsorship deal with American insurance company Aon made headlines as the most lucrative partnership in football history.
Blackburn Rovers are one of the founding members of the football league in England, and one of the few teams to carry an unbroken kit record. The club has boasted blue and white halves since its formation in 1875. When Nike took over as a technical sponsor in 2013 after Umbro, the sports manufacturer introduced a new set of shirts with the white section on the left for the first time in 70 years. Fans were far from happy with their team’s new look and the blue section was restored to the left-hand side two years later, in 2015.
With such a long history of blue and white kits, can you remember which season McEwan’s Lager took over as the Rovers’ sponsor? Stick your answer in our infographic to see if you’re right.
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