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Kits, Shoes, Tactics and Team of the Tournament (World Cup 2002) Part 2

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Kits

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The big performance feature of the tournament was a mesh panel over a sewn in base layer. Adidas went for contrasting colors on some shirts which worked with most jerseys except for the white ones, with France and China coming to mind. Nike’s template saw an angled chest section accented with several different features: contrasting colored triangles at the collarbone and rib cage panels, raglan sleeves and a mixture of collars.

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Of course the most unique kit had to have been Cameroon, which saw sleeves sewn into a tank top designed kit in order to meet FIFA regulations. Germany wore the same kit (white shirt, black shorts, white socks) in every match. I owned the Nigeria home shirt from this competition for while but eventually got rid of it. My post on the shirt and the Super Eagles tournament can be found here.

For full pics, please check out Historical Football Kits World Cup 2002 page and, for informed analysis on kit design, listen to the Football Attic Kit podcast dedicated to the tournament.

Shoes

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On the shoe front adidas had recently released the Predator Mania ahead of the tournament. The shoe was much less stylized than the previous versions and didn’t have the fins. A traditional looking boot, the tongue was held in place with an elastic band that went under the shoe, and blades rather than studs were used and the shoe featured a heel cup.

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Nike continued on with their Mercurial Vapor line and launched it with the famous Secret Tournament campaign. Focusing on making the lightest boot possible, the outsole was made of a synthetic material called Nike Skin. The shoe also contained an external heel counter and a “glass” filled outsole called NikeFrame.

Tactics

I couldn’t find much in the way of tactical innovations so I focused on the US v Mexico Round of 16 game and the winners of the tournament.

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I had it stuck in my brain that Claudio Reyna played some sort of RBW/RM but didn’t know if that was right or why one of the most technical players in the US Soccer history was manning the channels. Research proved that I remember correctly and this position was the result of squad changes. Bruce Arena rolled out a 3-5-2 against their CONCACAF rivals. Friedel was between the sticks with Berhalter, Pope and Sanneh in a three man back line with Mastroeni back in the squad to help clog the middle. Lewis and Reyna played wing back to provide defensive cover and O’Brien and Donovan started and linked the attack, which was led by Wolff and McBride. The US gave up possession but kept Mexico at arm’s length, only giving up one shot. An early goal from McBride allowed a dogged organization to take over and the United States saw off Mexico. This tactical tweak secured the result for the Stars and Stripes and added another Dos a Cero to the rivalry.

(Thanks to MLS Soccer and US Soccer for resources.)

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As for Brazil, everyone remembers an awesome attack of the three R’s but the midfield corps was disrupted by an injury to Emerson before the tournament and a change by Scolari in the knockout stages. Michael Cox of Zonal Marking examined the team and saw the Seleccao move from a midfield of Emerson and Juninho Paulista to a midfield of Gilberto Silva and Juninho Paulista, who was then replaced by Kleberson. The result was a 3-4-1-2 with a back three of Lucio, Edmilson and Roque Juinor and Cafu and Roberto Carlos as wingbacks. Ronaldinho took the ball off the back line and got it up to Rivaldo and Ronaldo. Not really a tactical innovation by Scolari but one that got Brazil’s World Cup Qualification back on track, maximized his player pool and captured the country’s fifth title.

Team of the Tournament

Reviewing the Team of the Tournament, the memories came flooding back. Kahn was a beast but had an unfortunate moment in the Final. Rustu would get a cup of coffee at Barcelona but spent most of his career in Turkey. Hong Myung Bo was a rock in the back for the hosts. The three R’ed attack of Brazil was a sight to behold. I loved Hasan Sas and actually created a player based on him for a FIFA game. And of course who could forget El Hadji Diouf. The Senegalese striker had a great summer but a series of terrible spells followed in England afterwards.

Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Germany); Rustu Recber (Turkey)

Defenders: Roberto Carlos (Brazil); Sol Campbell (England); Hong Myung Bo (South Korea); Alpay Ozalan (Turkey); Fernando Hierro (Spain)

Midfielders: Rivaldo, Ronaldinho (Brazil); Claudio Reyna (United States); Michael Ballack (Germany); Yoo Sang Chul (South Korea)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Brazil); El Hadji Diouf (Senegal); Hasan Sas (Turkey); Miroslav Klose (Germany)

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All in all, a strange tournament due to the timing and multiple locations but one that I will remember for the United States’ fine performance and exposure to new teams like Senegal, Turkey and South Korea. Kit game wasn’t that strong but some of the goals were quite tasty.

Read Part 1 here and check out more posts on my trips, research and memories on the MatchDay Memories page.

Arsenal Kit Pod

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Arsenal Kit Pod

My brother Sam came back on the SoccerNomad podcast to discuss his Arsenal kit collection and Gunner kits through the years. We talked about the best and the worst, unicorn kits and more.

Images of kits we discussed:

FAVES

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Arsenal's Thierry Henry celebrates at the end of the game after the 1-0 win against Southampton

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WANT LIST

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

WORST

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Arsenal kit history resources

Historical Football Kits

Design Football pods

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The Arsenal Shirt: Iconic match worn shirts from the history of the Gunners by James Elkin (Author) and Simon Shakeshaft (Author)

Museum of Jerseys blog

SoccerNomad blog posts

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ATL Gooners

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SoccerNomad podcast: ATL Gooners

Some of the Atlanta Gooners came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk about the Supporters Group and the club. From the 2016 Summer Tour to Highbury to the classic Manchester United/Arsenal games of the late 90s/early 2000s to kits, we covered a lot of ground and had a great conversation.

Find out more about the group on their various platforms:

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Learn more about Arsenal Football Club from the following resources:

Books

  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
  • Invincible by Amy Lawrence
  • Addicted by Tony Adams

Blogs

SoccerNomad Blog posts on Arsenal

Arsenal America Supporter Groups

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Czech Republic World Cup 2006 Shirts

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The Czech Republic separated from Czechoslovakia in the early 90s and their first international tournament was Euro 96, which was a critical moment in my soccer fandom. During this tournament I fell in love with Croatia, picked up a Spain shirt and followed the Three Lions all the way to their painful loss to Germany in the Semis.

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Looking back over the last twenty years, I realized that the Czech Republic have produced some of my fondest football memories. Poborsky’s chip against Portugal as well as their dramatic appearance in the Euro 96 Final introduced me to this wonderful footballing country. Who could forget their epic comeback against Holland at Euro 2004 or their destruction of the United States in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup? Plus when Pirlo scored his penalty against England at Euro 2012, I was introduced to the panenka, which was created by a Czechoslovakian.

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2006 was the only World Cup the Czech Republic have qualified for despite being perennial guests at the European Championships. Their 3-0 win over the Stars and Stripes provided a good foundation for advancing, but a 2-0 loss to Ghana in the following match put their tournament in jeopardy. The Czech Republic fell behind Italy in the first half and then had a man sent off. Their 2-0 defeat sent them packing but boy did they look good.

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The Czech Republic kits are traditionally red at home and white on the road. The 2006 version was a complementary, well designed set. The home shirt was solid red with narrow royal blue cuffs while the home was white with royal blue cuffs. There were two key design elements to shirt. The first was a lion shadow printed across the chest, and second was a narrow band that ran across the back and stopped just under the clavicle. The lion is the central item of the national team badge and Puma added a subtle reminder on shirt. As for the trim on the back of the jersey, I really liked how it framed the name and number.

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This simply designed shirt was paired with shorts and an interesting pair of socks. The red shirt was completed with blue shorts and white/blue socks and the away strip was a white shirt and socks with blue/white socks. Puma’s socks for this tournament had a contrasting color running up the shin which was flanked by a another color. Definitely different and to this day, I still don’t know if I like or hate it.

While I was writing this post, I came across the shirt on Classic Football Shirts. The home replica was on sale plus CFS was celebrating their ten year annivesary with a 20% off sale. I figured the fates had aligned so I broke one of my kit buying rules and picked one up. The shirt lived up to my expectations in terms of design and weighs almost nothing.

For me I was inspired by many players of the Czech Republic (Nedvěd, Rosický, Berger, Jankulovski and Poborsky) and feel privileged that I got to see them play. Now I own a shirt from this wonderful footballing nation and look forward to future generations. 

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John Devlin/True Colours

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John Devlin/True Colours

John Devlin, author of True Colours: Football Kits from 1980 to the Present Day, Volumes 1 and 2, came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk kit history and design. His wealth of knowledge is remarkable and I learned a lot. After a great conversation, we finished with some listener questions.

Learn more about kits and get in touch with John.

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Sample page from True Colours

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Early kits

England 1872-1879

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Aston Villa 1878-1879

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Woolwich Arsenal 1894-1899

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(images courtesy of Historical Football Kits)

Sample jersey styles from Picking Up the Threads

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Kit Design Elements

Tramline kit

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Jacquard

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Sublimated dye

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Collar Styles

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50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever

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SoccerNomad Podcast: EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

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EPL 16/17 Kit Preview

JR Francis (@paynomind) returned to the SoccerNomad podcast to look at the kits for the upcoming EPL season. After we both rant about the Manchester teams, we gave comments on the rest of the league and picked our top 5. Plus there’s some news and notes on the manufacturers.

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Best (and Worst) 16/17

Ahead of each season I skim football kit websites looking at the upcoming season’s offerings. Here are some of the best and worst I came across. (Note: no EPL kits below as I will be doing an 2016/17 EPL kit preview when the new season starts.)

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(pic courtesy of Footy Headlines)

NK Maribor first came to my attention in the late 90s/early 2000s during their dominant period in Slovenian football. When I saw their away shirt I instantly loved it. One of adidas’ new templates is a horizontal bar that alternating different shades of the same color, in this case purple, which switches in the middle of the chest. The yellow trim around the crew collar is a nice touch. Definitely a hipster’s choice.

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(pic courtesy of Football Fashion)

As I scanned through the jerseys for the upcoming season, this kit from Bologna really jumped out at me. Similar in the way the Crystal Palace home shirt from last caught my eye, the home strip for I Rossoblu gets the job done. The half and half colored collar and sleeves and big bold stripes give the strip a great look.

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(pic courtesy of Footy Headlines)

Another Italian team got a really nice shirt for the upcoming season. Palermo is usually associated with their pink home shirt but their white away kit kit for the upcoming season is gorgeous. Taking the band that typcially goes across the chest, Joma broke it up and it serves to highlight the club badge. A pink collar accents the shirt as well as the black piping. Beautiful shirt and wonderful set from Joma for the 16/17 campaign.

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(pic courtesy of Footy Headlines)

Porto almost always makes this annual post, usually for bad reasons. For this season New Balance has taken a recent design element one step further. Pinstripes inside of solid vertical bars seems to be a trend, I’m thinking Montreal Impact, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and the American company has amplified it with a gradient visual.  Up close it’s an interesting take but will probably barely even see it on TV.

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Staying in Portugal, while I like shirts painted on women as much as the next guy, this release from Benfica is top notch.

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(pic courtesy of Footy Headlines)

OMFG. What can you say about this? Bordeaux’s third strip uses images from the city and maybe it’s because I’ve never been there but this doesn’t work for me at all. Cluttered, jarring, just not good. Perhaps had they taken one image and shadow printed it, that might have worked. Puma overstepped the bounds on this one.

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(pic courtesy of Football Fashion)

No idea how I found this one but Hummel produced a jersey Danish club Odense that uses their iconic chevron branding and combines it with vertical stripes. Inside the bars you will not find pinstripes but a checkered geometric pattern. I like this shirt, the stripes, the color and solid back for the number set.

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(pic courtesy of Football Fashion)

Usually when I look at Turkish teams, I am drawn to Galatasaray, who have had some really sharp designs over the last couple of seasons. Scrolling though the 16/17 kits I saw Besiktas’ home offering and wondered if this team going to compete for the Turkish Super Lig or the American League crown. Holy pinstripes. Don’t like this one at all.

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(pic courtesy of Football Fashion)

NEC Nijmegen won promotion to the Eredivisie and decided to put two designs up to fan votes. Based on the post from Football Fashion, the voting was so close that the club will two home jerseys. I like the simplicity and use of club colors for both. Whether two shirts is good or bad, I’m not sure and hope this doesn’t give major manufacturers and clubs a horrible idea moving forward.

If you know anything about the early years of the Premier League, then you’ll know about this shirt:

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(pic courtesy of Norwich City)

Now there’s this:

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(pic courtesy of Footy Headlines)

Errea decided to bring it back but in white. I think the only positive is that the Canaries are in the Championship, so I won’t have to see this unless I really really want to.

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Let’s end on a high note. Footy Headlines brought the new Hajduk Split home kit to my attention and I am so thankful. What a kit. Clean white shirt with hints of gold paired with royal blue shorts and royal blue socks with white turnovers. Real beauty.

 

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Check out my previous season previews and other kit reviews on the Strip Club page of the SoccerNomad blog.

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So those are the ones that caught my eye. If you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the following sites. . .

Football Fashion

Football Kit News

Football Shirt Culture

Footy Headlines

Quality posts, great pictures and a wide selection on offer.

Plus there are several great podcasts on kits and kit design. Check out the Football Attic kit podcast and the podcast from Design Football.

SoccerNomad Podcast: Summer Tournament Kits

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Summer Tournament Kits

Fellow #KitNerd JR Francis (@paynomind) came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk about kits for the upcoming tournaments this summer–Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016. We didn’t discuss all 80+ kits but discussed some general trends, mentioned some of our best/worst and had a passionate discussion about the future of US kits.

For more information, check out these podcasts and posts.

Below are images of the some shirts we discussed:

Uruguay home/away

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Ecuador away

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Jamaica away

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Germany away

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Portugal away

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Belguim/Portugal friendly

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Albania set

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Hungary home

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Wales home/away

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Belguim away

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Mexico home

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Argentina away

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England home

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Croatia

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USA home/Dorothyusa-2016-copa-america-home-kit-4 Dorothy - Inspiration

USA away/Cop Car

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Arsenal Change Shirts-Premier League Era

My typical modus operandi is to spout off without information or consideration, and I have always claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea have had the ugliest change shirts in the Premier League era. In the last two decades, the two London teams have been United’s biggest rivals for hardware, so I have had a keen interest in their sporting and fashion performance. With all that said, I decided to look at each team’s away kit collection and make an informed, well-reasoned claim to their kit ugliness.

Here are my thoughts on Chelsea change kits.

As I skimmed Arsenal’s away shirts through the years, I was surprised by how much the Gunners used white as a change strip but now almost never use it. I also learned the backstory of the club’s yellow and blue kit:

In 1968 the FA banned navy shirts (they looked too similar to referees’ black kit) so the Gunners turned out in yellow shirts and blue shorts for the first time in November, an outfit that recalled that FA Cup win of almost 20 years previous.

Finally, the navy blue shirt that I like so much hearkens back to an option used in the first quarter of the 20th century.

Going through the kits, I was reminded of some really nice strips, including their third strip from 07/08 and the current 15-16 away, while the 97-99 away kit will be always locked in my brain as the moment Overmars bore down on Schmeichel and scored to give the Gunners a 1-0 victory and swung the momentum to London for that season’s Premier League. (Check out Historical Kits link for the visual.)

As for the Premier League shirts, honorable mention for the worst strip goes to. . .

2007-08 Third

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This one should be so great, combining my favored navy blue with the red currant shade used for the 2005-06 home shirt. The result is blech and is made even worse with the red Arsenal badge jarring against the darker red.

2015-16 Third
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Is it black? Is it blue? (According to Footy Headlines the color is anthracite.) Is it Newcastle in disguise? Why the alternating bands start below the sponsor logo is beyond me. Plus three different colors? Plus the bands are at angle? Clearly out of ideas on this one. (Although the monochromatic gold badge is quite nice.)

2009-10 Third

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Plain but not. The pin stripes are less visible at greater distances but close up create a very weird look. Nike and the club have used pinstripes on different kits over the last dozen years or so but not to great effect.

THE WORST

2014-15 Third

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This kit is the continual regression of the navy blue and turquoise kit introduced in 94-95. The next version in 95-96 wasn’t too bad, and Nike reintroduced the color combination in 11-12 with a Monaco-esque verion, but Puma just took the design and crapped all over it with more stripes and lime green accents.

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2012-13 Away

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Nike introduced their Purple Reign (Pain) line for the Gunners and Portuguese power Porto. Why? I have no idea? Purple belongs to Anderlecht, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Orlando City. (Probably others that I’m forgetting.) The choice seemed to out of left field, much like the 82-83. From Historical Football Kits:

In 1982 Umbro introduced what became known as the “bluebottle strip,” a mirror image of their new home kit but in green and navy blue. The kit proved unpopular with supporters and was replaced the following season by a rather more traditional affair that substituted navy for royal blue and, for the first time, incorporated red trimmings.

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1991-93 Away

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The bruised banana. A yellow and blue based away strip. Check. JVC sponsor. Check. Old school adidas logo. Check. Short shorts check. Unsettling geometric pattern that captures 90’s kit design. Check. Simply doesn’t work for me although it is iconic.

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As with Chelsea, maybe I hate Arsenal’s third shirts more. Their 90’s designs really weren’t that bad (considering what was going on around them) but the travashamockeries of the last 20 years overshadow everything else.

Arsenal fans, how do you defend your club? Those with anti-Gooner bias, what did I miss? Let me know in the comments below.

Special thanks to Historical Kits for the images.

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If you want to learn more about Arsenal wearing variants of their change strips, check out this post from Cork City Kits.

For a detailed look at Arsenal kits from the adidas years (1986-1994), read more at Museum of Jerseys.

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Rich Johnson

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Rich Johnson

Rich Johnson came on the SoccerNomad podcast to discuss his contributions to the Football Attic blog as well as his love for Coventry City. We also made mention of the 50 Greatest Football Shirts Ever, touched on England kits both past and present, and Rich shared his thoughts on Coventry City kits.

You can find Rich via the following media:

Consider buying one of his Kit Collection books.

Below are images of the some shirts we discussed:

England 1980-82 Home

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England 1984-87 Home

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Current England Kits

Home

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Away

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England 1987 Home

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Coventry City 1986-87 Home

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Coventry City 1987-89 Home

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Coventry City 2013-15 Home

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Coventry City Talbot kit (1981-83)

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Coventry City Tram Lines Kit (1975-81)

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Coventry City 1999-00

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Coventry City Chocolate kit

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Sampling of Coventry City Away kits

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Thanks to Historical Kits for the renderings of the kits. See all of the Coventry City home kits here.

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