WITH the World Cup just around the corner, can you identify these classic international football shirts which have stood the test of time?
Take our this yearâs tournament.
It comes as research of 2,000 football fans revealed the greatest international football shirt of all time as Argentinaâs 1986 World Cup blue and white striped home jersey worn by Diego Maradona during the infamous âhand of Godâ tournament.
Englandâs World Cup winning Umbro 1966 red strip came second, followed by the 1970 Brazil home top made by Athleta International and notably worn by PelÃ© when leading his country to victory.
Belgiumâs Adidas home shirt from 1984 and Englandâs once maligned Admiral home jersey from 1982 are fondly remembered too.
A spokesman for CopyBet, which commissioned the research and developed the quiz, said: âFootball fans remember kits with great sentiment and affection, and we wanted to celebrate that ahead of the World Cup by uncovering the best international kits of all time.
“Despite a difficult relationship between England fans and the victorious 1986 Argentina team, the legendary performances of Diego Maradona mean this particular kit is still held in the highest regard as an icon of the game, as is Englandâs 1966 away shirt which saw them clinch the trophy all those years ago.
“These shirts carry so much history and what a way to reflect their linage ahead of the next tournament which is just around the corner.â
Other noteworthy tops include Nigeriaâs 2018 Nike home shirt â much sought after its release, Walesâ retro-inspired 2006 Kappa red top, and Jamaicaâs 2021 Umbro away shirt.
While the Argentina 1986 shirt was selected as the single greatest in international history, research found Brazil has the most iconic kits throughout the years, followed by England and Argentina.
And Cameroon and Colombia also tend to âget it rightâ when it comes to their football attire.
The study also identified what makes a strip âiconicâ – with colour combinations (18 per cent), historical significance (16 per cent), and keeping with tradition (16 per cent) the top considerations.
Four in 10 adults polled consider replica tops to be fashion items â with 1990s shirts deemed the most stylish, followed by those released in the 1980s.
Despite this, 48 per cent of footy fans believe current shirts are as good now as ever before â suggesting tops from the 2020s might be coveted in the future.
More than a third (35 per cent) who own a World Cup shirt from the past said theyâd like to own even more â with 43 per cent having a specific top theyâre especially keen to get their hands on.
And theyâre so set on owning such a strip theyâd be willing to spend an average of Â£140 on it â with 10 per cent content to spend Â£400 or more, illustrating the demand for vintage shirts from down the years as a fashion item.
But whether fans of the two home nations taking part in this yearâs World Cup â Wales and England â will want to spend this much on their sideâs latest efforts remains to be seen.
On a scale of one to 10 â with 10 being great â the Nike 2022 England home shirt scored an average of 5.91, while the Adidas Wales strip scored 6.03 among those polled.
And with 48 per cent of the opinion the shirt a team wears can impact performances on the pitch â for better or worse â both Wales and England might have a fairly mediocre tournament in-store.
Carried out through OnePoll, the study revealed of the 36 per cent of non-England fans who intend on buying a replica shirt for this year, 21 per cent are looking to buying a replica of Brazil kit, while 18 per cent are considering a USA and Germany top respectively.
Fans of the Three Lions also voted on their favourite ever England top with the 1966 World Cup red strip securing first place ahead of the Italia 1990 away kit.
A spokesperson for CopyBet, added: âFootball shirts have become an important part of the sport, especially when it comes to the World Cup.
“With an increase to 48 countries in the 2026 World Cup, there will be even more shirts to enjoy, with this survey highlighting the fun and excitement fans get from owning and wearing the best international shirts on offer.â
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