For some people, the European Championships encompass more than just what takes place on the pitch. Folk collect commemorative stuff – such as Panini stickers and silver medal coins. They play the official computer game. They even meticulously plan out the tournament on their dedicated wall chart.
But probably the most important bit of this ‘other stuff’ is … the kits! The buzz of anticipation that builds up in the months before a tournament, as the teams slowly release their shirt designs, is palpable. Which one’s the nicest? Which is awful? Which one is so awful it’s nice (That’s Spain Away this year, by the way!)?
Besides, the kits are much more than what the players wear during games. We look back at them nostalgically, tying them in with our teams performances. Who can think about Holland’s 1988 win without thinking of them strutting around in their memorable orange shirts?
So, here are the 15 most iconic Euro kits of all time…
In 1996, football went home to England. For a bit.
Ultimately, Deutschland really was uber alles, as they breezed through the groups, dispatched Croatia in the quarter finals, schooled England on penalties in the semi, and beat plucky underdogs, the Czech Republic, in the final.
The ’96 shirt was a traditional effort. Basic design, button up collar and plain badge.
Euro 1984 was France’s first major international trophy.
Led by Michel Platini, and featuring such footballing giants as Jean Tigana and Alain Giresse, Les Bleus romped through the competition, beating Spain in the final in Paris.
The Adidas-manufactured 1984 kit has become iconic, and the French have returned to that design on more than one occasion, particularly for their 1998 World Cup win.