You probably know by the fact that I refer to them as Soccer Jerseys and not “Football Kits” that I am an American.
Because soccer is growing at an astronomical rate in this country, there are many Americans that are new Soccer fans. They may not have picked a favorite team yet, but like a certain player. They may also want a Soccer Jersey because they look cool.
If you fit either of these criteria, this article is for you.
When picking a Soccer Jersey, you should try to find some connection to the club or country in question. Some questions you may want to consider are :
- Are you already a fan?
- Does your favorite player play for that club?
- Do you have family and/or ancestors from that city or country?
For example, I am a fan of Manchester United, so I own several of their jerseys. I also own a Spanish national team jersey because I used to live there and still have friends there.
I would also be open to owning an England national team jersey because that is where my ancestors are from.
I have a friend that has a Glasgow Rangers jersey because his wife’s family is a friend of that team.
As you can see, there are endless possibilities.
If you personally don’t have a connection to any club or country, you can always pick a Soccer jersey that looks cool.
Top Club Jerseys
So I have scoured the internet and watched hours of soccer to come up with my top five club specific soccer jerseys.
Please note that I am not restricting my choices to current jerseys, but I am not really looking at jerseys from the distant past either.
Manchester United (All Black)
These are hands down my favorite Soccer jerseys ever. Although produced as an alternate jersey, and a departure from their traditional red and white, These jerseys just look very sharp and well-designed.
The all white jerseys of Real Madrid really are beautiful, especially when coupled with purple lettering. Real Madrid’s logo is also iconic, making for a jersey that any sports fan needs in their collection (except Barca fans, of course).
Although I prefer the prior shield style logo to the current “J” logo, Juventus is still a great looking jersey. The alternating black and white color scheme is instantly recognizable.
I absolutely love everything about these jerseys. From the sharp-looking green and white color scheme to the classic clover filled logo, this jersey is so well-conceived.
FC Santa Clause
You didn’t see that one coming did you? This is a legitimate Club in Finland. As I am a huge fan of Christmas, I had to include this club on my list. Their color scheme (Red and Green) is one of the best, and the Santa logo can’t be beat. It is now a dream of mine to see an FC Santa Clause home match!
Top National Team Jerseys
Many of the international jerseys don’t change very much from time to time. You may see some slight variations, but usually they hold pretty true to the traditional colors of the national flag.
There are a few exceptions, some good some bad.
Here are my choices for the top national team jerseys:
In their classic form, the pure white jerseys of England are very cool, especially when coupled with slight red accents to
match the English flag. I really think the “Three Lions” logo looks really imposing. These symbols are quintessential English, and are well represented on the national team jersey.
I did not know the story of how Italy, a country with a red, green and white colored flag, ended up wearing blue sports jerseys.
Apparently they have been doing so since 1910 as a tribute to the house of Savoy, which had previously ruled parts of Northern Italy. In any event, blue is one of my favorite colors for sports jerseys, and the color coupled with the odd tradition makes Italy top national team jersey.
This is another jersey that stays pretty close to the colors of its national flag. Traditionally, the french team wears navy blue jerseys.
What makes France’s jerseys so great is the crest of the French Football Federation, which contains a rooster. This is very unusual, and sets the French jersey apart.
Argentina is a traditional soccer power that also has some pretty beautiful jerseys. I really like the blue and white colors
from the Argentine flag, and the crest of the national team also incorporated the yellow from the flag. Many great players have worn this jersey, making it even a more powerful symbol of soccer greatness.
Spain is another country that stays pretty true to the colors of its national flag, although it does incorporate navy blue as well. What makes the Spanish national team jersey so great is its crest, which might be my favorite of all international flags. Recently, Spain’s on field success has also added to the prestige of its jersey.
Avoid These Jerseys
In order to find the worst soccer jerseys in the world, a good place to start would be in MLS.
Generally speaking, MLS jerseys are low budget attempts to rip off popular jerseys from other leagues, whether it be the NFL or European Soccer clubs.
Here are my choices for the worst Soccer Jerseys in the world:
I really really REALLY don’t like neon green as a color for any sports team. I don’t like it on the Seahawks of the NFL, and I also don’t like it as part of the Sounders jersey. In my opinion, a more traditional green would look much better with the blue.
New England Revolution
The color scheme of this club is pretty
much expected- red, white and blue. What makes this jersey one of the worst in the world is the logo. It looks like it was designed by a young child, and not fitting for a professional soccer team.
Real Salt Lake
I really don’t like anything about this club. Their name is a ridiculous rip off of Spanish clubs that makes no sense. The
logo is a disaster as is the jersey’s design.
New York City Football Club
I know that this club is owned by the
same people that own Manchester City, but be a little unique! Instead, they 100 percent copied Manchester City’s jersey.
Nigeria Neon Jerseys
As I mentioned before, I really dislike neon
green as a sport team color. In the last world cup, Nigeria took this to the extreme. This was disappointing, considering that Nigeria’s traditional colors are just fine.