The best kits in European football

Most of the European Football Leagues kick off this weekend, and we'll be seeing some new kits. Some good, some bad, but which are the best?

Remember the feeling when you got your first football kit? Mine was a #11 Didier Drogba Chelsea Kit from 2006/07. I’d bought it on eBay and, boy, was it worth the lengthy wait. It had taken 3 weeks to convince my dad I needed it, and I had to wait another 4 weeks for it to come in the post. Luckily it turned up the afternoon of my first training of the season at a new club and thinking I was Didier Drogba somehow took away all the nerves.

Being enamoured by football kits is an innately child-like thing. Why would a fully grown man want to emulate a boy 15 years younger than him who only wears the shirt in return for ridiculous wages? It hardly makes any sense, yet every June and July I trawl through photos of new kits and spend far too much money on them.

Earlier on in the preseason, RealSport reviewed the new kits of the English Premier League, and with the majority of Euro Leagues about to kick off, we rank the top 15 kits for the coming season from the continent.

Honourable Mentions

With so many great kits, a few had to miss the top 15, so here are a few that did good kits, with outstanding features…

Bundesliga club Freiburg get an honourable mention for their new home kit. I know what you’re thinking, it looks like a pretty stock standard red kit; well check out this detailing on the inner collar.

Ligue 1 side Bordeaux will be looking to shake things up this year as a mid-table side, and if the Fluoro interwoven pink and purple sleeves don’t do that, then I’m not quite sure what will.

15 – Real Madrid (Home)

Featuring white, Real always have one of the cleanest looking kits in world football, especially moving to a regular white rather than the off-white they featured last year. They’ve also changed the detailing to an ocean blue, which makes the kit look particularly fresh and pepper-minty.

14 – Red Bull Leipzig (Away)

The entire footballing world hates RB Leipzig obviously, which creates somewhat a biased opinion of their kits, however if I told you another club was wearing this you’d probably quite like it. The blue and yellow complement each other quite well, and the shoulder pattern is eye catching.

13 – Bayern Munich (Third) 

Granted, this kit is essentially just the reverse of their home kit: white with red, instead of red with white… but it’s very pretty as the white is much nicer. Also, the home kit does somewhat look like Santa Claus’ pyjamas.

12 – Inter Milan (Away)

Quite a nice reinterpretation of the blue and black stripes on Inter’s home kit, using them to colour the sleeves, with a nice white body, The graphite effect on each sleeve is also easy on the eye

11 – Juventus (Home)

How could any kit list not feature the black and white stripes? It’s similar to other years but it’s still a classic; If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. The new Juve logo copped a lot of flack for its over-the-top release, but it fits well here.

10 -Atletico Madrid (Away)

Sure, the majority of Nike kits look the same; one main colour, with a highlight colour under the arms and on the collar. So don’t look at the others that feel like a variation on this recipe, as Atletico Madrid’s is the best of them.

9 – Ajax (Away)

Ajax have brought out a kit that pays homage to the one they wore 1995 in their Champions League Final win. I know I’ve spent the first part of the article bashing Camouflage print, but the paintbrush dabbing effect on the front is eye-catching here. The dark blue is pristine, with the red being a nice highlight across the shoulders.

8 – Atalanta (Away)

Let’s talk about the V- Neck. Italians have a certain sexiness; a real manly, maturity that other nationalities can’t pull off. Picture any Italian footballer (Pirlo, Buffon, Totti) with their chest hair poking through that collar, and try not to start sweating. Well, there will be 11 Atalanta players all running around at once with it this season. I’m probably going to watch more Serie A this year.

7 – Celtic (Home)

I know it’s sacrilegious that the new Celtic kits don’t have an embroidered badge, but I can get past it for the gold detailing, and the classic green and white hoops.

6 – Valencia (Away)

Forget everything you were told about throwing bright colours together; sometimes it does work. Of course this is a homage to the clubs iconic Senyera kit, so there is some method to the madness, but from time to time, it works.

5 – Wolfsburg (Home)

I generally don’t like green kits, they’re hard to pick out from the grass on FIFA, and too often clubs are tempted by fluorescent green, or a dark green like Juventus have done on their third kit (Search it if you dare, but make sure there’s an adult nearby). But this is a nice green, and it pairs well with the blue. It feels like a very environmentally friendly green; maybe buying it can help the environment.

4 – Monaco (Away)

I think we can certainly say that Monaco’s mass exodus of the 2017 Summer was not due to players hating the kits. Easily one of Nike’s best kits, the way they use different shades of blue is spectacular, and the red complements it well.

3 – Fiorentina (Home)

If I were designing a kit from scratch, purple is one of the last colours I’d try. Nothing against it, I’m just not a purple kind of guy. But every year, Le Coq Sportif come out with a spectacular home offering for Fiorentina, and the purple has become iconic. The red and white lining on the arm cuffs is perfect, as is the shadow of time clubs crest on the shoulder.

2 – Bayern Munich (Away)

The Bavarians make quite a kit; we already knew that. 2017/18’s away kit is is one of their best yet though. It’s a fresh new reinterpretation of their 1990s home kits, and their first Navy kits since 2015/16. There aren’t many football kits that go well in a casual setting; you’re often quite obviously the dork who forgot to get changed before heading out to dinner at a friend’s house, but his kit is clean enough to warrant consideration for nice outings though. While that’s hardly the criteria for a great kit, it speaks volume as to how good looking it is.

1 – AC Milan (Away)

What were the rules we outlined at the start for the perfect kit? Make sure it’s clean, still retain your clubs colours, don’t be afraid to use white. Yeah, AC killed it. The sleeping giant of Italy has risen after an enormous transfer window; they’re going to look good while winning the title.

Which kits are your favourite out of this list? Or do you have some further beauties under your sleeve? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Josh Duggan


Tasmania, Australia. I write about Basketballs and Footballs and the players that play with them