Ranking the Top 30 Kits in World Football in the 2013/14 Season
We're into the closing weeks of the season, and once again it has been a campaign which has provided us with plenty of thrills, spills, glory and controversy. It's also provided us with some pretty special kits, too.
In some cases, the performances of teams has only made us grow to like their kits more, while in others a kit has lost its appeal following several disappointing outings.
Which clubs' kits take the honours as the best of the campaign though?
Let's get ranking!
30. Inter Milan Home
You know what you're getting with an Inter shirt, but this season's vintage was well put together; the button collar adding yet another touch of class to the unmistakable blue and black stripes.
Sadly for Inter, they haven't been able to keep pace with the Serie A pacesetters while wearing it.
29. Fluminense Home
Always an intriguing addition to any Brazilian season, the distinctive Fluminense kit again didn't disappoint in the 2013 campaign, even if the team did.
Having come into the season as champions, Flu only narrowly avoided relegation to Serie B thanks to a Superior Court of Sporting Justice ruling after a disastrous season featuring two managerial sackings.
28. Fiorentina Home
This season's Fiorentina kit contained everything that you want from the shirt of one of the most easily recognisable teams in Italy.
That signature deep purple colour is there and has helped inspire Fiorentina to fourth place in the table.
27. Boca Juniors Home
You want a Boca Juniors kit to be simple, with the distinctive thick yellow stripe wrapped around the dark blue shirt, with the same blue seen on the shorts and socks. And that's exactly what Nike delivered this season.
Boca, however, haven't been quite so impressive, and currently find themselves mid-table.
26. Watford Home
Seemingly taking inspiration from Borussia Dortmund—who turned in fairly bland efforts this season—Championship club Watford produced a somewhat stylish design which featured a black panel on top of their distinctive yellow shirt.
The Hornets won't be sporting a kit in the Premier League next season, though, as they currently sit mid-table in the Championship and out of touch with the play-off places.
25. Tottenham Away
It's been a strange season for Tottenham, but they were at least able to showcase this light blue number to add a touch of style to a campaign that missed the qualities of Gareth Bale.
The new signings Spurs made to replace Bale didn't quite work out, and they are ending the season out of touch with the Champions League places.
24. Flamengo Home
Like a sideways AC Milan, Flamengo kits are pretty much always easy to get right, but their 2013 effort was up there with the best they've had in recent times.
Sadly for the Brazilian club, the kit wasn't enough to inspire them to any higher than 11th in the league.
23. Liverpool Home
At the start of the season this looked like just another Liverpool kit, but it has been a grower throughout 2013/14 simply because the Reds have enjoyed absolutely hammering teams while wearing it.
22. AC Milan Third
You probably need to earn the right to wear a garish, shimmering gold number, and although AC Milan's storied history certainly suggests that they have, this has largely been a season to forget for the Rossonneri.
Nonetheless, let's still pay tribute to a shirt which is the closest that Milan have come to gold during this campaign.
21. Bayern Munich Home
Very clean, very precise, very German. Bayern Munich's home kit this season has been very much the image of the club themselves, and they'll be hoping to wrap up a second successive Champions League title in it.
Having already secured the Bundesliga, this kit has tasted success, but that is exactly what the Munich giants will have expected.
20. Everton Away
The clear contrasts between the yellow and the blue is what makes this kit stand out, though it also helps that Roberto Martinez's Everton have been playing some excellent football in it, too.
The Champions League could be calling for the Merseysiders, and this kit would grace that stage as well as it has done the Premier League this campaign.
19. Athletic Bilbao Home
On first glance this looks just like a normal red and white striped shirt, but what sets it apart from the several others that we see week in and week out is the collar.
Like Athletic Bilbao, it's a bit different and a bit old fashioned, and following another season in which the Basques have impressed it finds a place onto our list.
18. Barcelona Away
If you're a firm believer that a kit should represent something about the team who are wearing it, then this season's Barcelona away strip would be one for you.
Yes it is somewhat bright and garish, but it represents the Catalan flag, of which Barca natives are extremely proud. If only Gerardo Martino had been able to steer his team to a bit more success while wearing it.
17. Club America Home
Mexico's Club America have always had bright, distinctive kits, and 2013/14's effort was no exception.
Featuring their distinctive yellow and the usual, eye-catching sponsor Bimbo, this shirt also contained a clever and stylish V on the front, and it was worn as Club America finished top of the Apertura championship—only to lose in the final of the Liguilla to Club Leon.
16. Real Madrid Third
Is it orange? Gold? Tangerine? Amber? Maybe the best way to describe Real Madrid's third kit this season is simply "eye-catching."
Real wore this shirt as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale each scored two goals in their 6-1 victory over Schake in the Champions League round of 16 tie, and they'll hope that both European and domestic glory follows in it, having already won the Copa del Rey in their more traditional all-white number.
15. Chelsea Away
On first glance, Chelsea's away shirt seems to be a pretty plain offering. However, the simple design is brightened up by a sort of elongated Dutch flag.
A homage to Ruud Gullit perhaps? Or Ed de Goey? Or Winston Bogarde? Whoever it is, it certainly works, and this strip gains recognition despite its most memorable outing being the 3-1 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain that almost ended the Blues' Champions League hopes.
14. Zenit St Petersburg Home
As with plenty of the teams featured here, there is only so much that you can do with a home shirt—unless you're Vincent Tan, of course.
Zenit St Petersburg win points for the inverse V design on the front of this season's kit, which contrasts well with the white V-neck collar. It looks good, and new manager Andre Villas-Boas wouldn't have settled for anything less.
13. Manchester City Away
Sleek and stylish are two words that immediately come to mind when looking at Manchester City's away kit, with "the sort of football shirt that Batman would probably wear" coming not too far behind.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Co. haven't worn this one too often this season, but with the almost-metallic black contrasting well with the gold it is certainly a winner. Whether City win the Premier League in it remains to be seen.
12. Porto Away
It might look simple at first, but this year's Porto away kit wins more and more points the more you look at it.
The two different blues merge together to form a shirt which stands out. Despite this shirt, Porto are way off the pace in the Portuguese Liga and sit third behind champions Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
11. Atletico Madrid Away
There's something good about a yellow away kit, as we'll discover over the coming slides, and Atletico Madrid's shirt this season has been a fine example.
The V-neck, yellow and navy blue all combine to create a shirt which stands out, something that Atletico have been doing all season as they bid for an astonishing La Liga and Champions League double.
10. Newcastle Away
Contrasting with how we described the Liverpool kit earlier, Newcastle's away shirt hasn't failed to get any worse despite the Toon Army's dreadful performances in the past few weeks.
This remains a very nice kit, albeit one which hasn't seen much action recently—a bit like opposing goalkeepers when facing Alan Pardew's side.
9. Celtic Away
Yellow and green has long been a staple of Celtic's away shirts, and this season the Scottish champions sported this number during their Scottish Premiership and Champions League campaigns.
The green V-neck works on its own, but the seven green stripes going across the kit bring in an element from the club's illustrious home shirt and top off a very stylish kit.
8. Napoli Third
Surely the brightest of any of the yellow away kits we've featured—and a complete opposite to the bizarre camouflage number Napoli list as their official away shirt—it is no wonder that the club seem to prefer wearing this change strip during what has been a largely impressive campaign.
Napoli certainly stand out in the yellow kit, and they might even wear it in next week's Italian Cup final against Fiorentina.
7. Arsenal Away
Before their season followed the pattern of previous campaigns, there was a period when Arsenal were top of the Premier League and sparkling in this traditional yellow and blue away kit, which proved a hit with the fans.
The strip was worn during several impressive displays away from home, before its reputation was seemingly damaged by the 5-1 hammering at Liverpool in February, a result that neither team seems to have got out of their system.
6. Juventus Away
Pretty much exactly the same as that Arsenal kit, but featuring a deeper shade of yellow and plain socks instead of the needlessly stripy ones, this Juventus away kit scores extra points for style because it has been seen on Andrea Pirlo.
There's more to it than that of course, with its bold colours and cool collar. Actually, no. It's pretty much the Pirlo thing.
5. AC Milan Home
We all know what we're getting with a Milan home shirt, but this year's one seemed to be just right.
It's difficult to pinpoint just how and why it looks so good, but it is probably something to do with the spacing of the famous red and black stripes and then the contrast with the gold on the sleeves and the V-neck collar.
4. Lazio Away
Lazio are mid-table in Serie A, and just like their performances their away kit has been understated. In the kit's case though, that's a good thing.
Without a sponsor's name plastered all over the front of it, this almost-calming yellow shirt looks all the better, and although it hasn't inspired the team to many great displays while wearing it, it is a certain winner in our book.
3. Paris Saint-Germain Home
There is something so simple and yet so clean about this season's Paris Saint-Germain home shirt, with the block style combining to form an excellent design.
PSG are once again running away with the Ligue 1 title and also won the French League Cup last weekend, and in one of the fashion capitals of the world they have certainly impressed many with this number this season.
2. Paris Saint-Germain Away
Considering that the home shirt worked so well, when it came to designing the away kit the PSG authorities simply decided to swap around the white and the dark blue. It worked a treat.
Although this kit will be best remembered for the Champions League exit at Chelsea, it still impressed many people this season and can certainly be considered nicer to look at than PSG's rumoured away kit for the 2014/15 campaign, which is rather bland by comparison (h/t FootyHeadlines.com).
1. Roma Home
Any football kit which features this deep red colour is immediately thought of as "a Roma kit," and this season's vintage certainly didn't disappoint.
As with neighbours Lazio, this shirt is all about clearing off any unnecessary items and simply focusing on what makes a Roma kit so special. The collar and trim on the sleeves have all been done to perfection, adding a terrifically retro feel to one of the most impressive teams in Europe this season.