Power Ranking La Liga Jerseys
Stripes are definitely de rigueur for La Liga jerseys in season 2013/14 with no less than 14 of the 20 home shirts having stripes of some description.
There are some wonderful examples of simplistic design that are visually stunning, and which any fan would be proud to wear.
Equally there are a couple of questionable efforts where you take one look and say to yourself "what on earth were they thinking?"
Getafe's "Burger King" effort of some seasons back will take a lot of beating in the marketing stakes but let's take a look at the home jerseys of all 20 La Liga clubs, ranked in order of most aesthetically pleasing design.
20. Real Valladolid
There is just so much wrong with this effort from Real Valladolid. Purple on a football shirt—are you kidding me?!
The retro arrows design is very reminiscent of the 1980s, which really says it all about this one. And what is that small dash of purple in the collar, which doesn't even go full stripe width all about?
Out of date.
Red and white horizontal stripe shirts are synonymous with Granada and there have been fantastic, classic shirts over the years. This isn't one of them.
A star, a "flower," different coloured writing and further down, and although you can't see it in this picture, more writing.
It's too busy. Simplicity is genius.
Espanyol have quite a unique aspect to their home jersey this season. The small white stripes that have been inserted into the collar look more like rabbit teeth.
What is going on, people?
Why can't designers just leave well alone sometimes, instead of introducing these unnecessary tweaks?
The sponsor logo also takes the eye away from the overall look of the shirt, which isn't bad.
The extras kill it. Hop on.
Elche's home shirt is good and bad in equal measure.
The simple green chest stripe is decent but no real need to run it through and under the arms.
A nice green round-neck collar to top off the apparel has been split on either side of the neck to link up with the piping. Another designer's whim, no doubt.
And the small flag just under the collar. Why?
For the "best team in the world" you might have thought they would play in the best gear. Barcelona have scored a bit of an own goal here though.
A white sponsor logo is the best place to start. Did not one single person understand the significance of having white anywhere on a Barcelona shirt?!
Then we have a bright yellow collar. White logo, yellow collar. Hmmmm...
To top off the monstrosity we don't even get plain sleeves. Red fuses into blue gradually.
Not a fan.
Levante's is another shirt where there is much to admire but it's just not quite right.
Simple, elegant lines; beautiful, deep colours.
So why would you allow your sponsor to put a palm tree on your shirt? It's plain ridiculous.
14. Real Betis
Another green-and-white-stripe effort, this time for Real Betis.
A much "cleaner" shirt, this is a proper football effort. Matching collar and cuffs, and a not-too-invasive sponsor logo.
Another daft sponsor logo—a recurring theme—and another animal. Is it a cat?!
An otherwise reasonably decent Osasuna shirt, a nice deep red with navy blue collar and three stripe manufacturers signature look down the shoulders.
Not too much to dislike other than the "cat."
12. Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao. Red and white striped shirts and black shorts. Period.
A bit of a '70s collar going on, and the stripes on the arms of the shirt may have worked better being just a single block colour.
Not bad, but a slight makeover required.
You've got to love the "Yellow Submarine" haven't you? I mean, how interesting can Villarreal make a yellow shirt...
No matter. The plain black sponsor logo perfectly complement the base colour of the shirt and although the collar could perhaps be a little less "fly-away," that's a minor irritant in an overall decent-looking piece of clobber.
Almeria might be struggling in La Liga but their shirt is a beauty.
What makes this effort stand out is the slightly "washed out" look of the red stripes, giving it almost a salmon tinge. Lovely colourway.
Plain collar and cuffs top it off nicely. Not much wrong with this at all.
The stripes just keep on coming with Malaga's stunning effort.
Look at how uniform this is. Navy sponsor logo, navy manufacturer logo, navy collar and cuffs. Solid sky blue sleeves.
Getafe's "Burger King" shirt will quite possibly never be beaten in the marketing stakes. A stroke of genius.
This might not be in the same class in those terms but my word, a beautiful looking shirt.
The rust colour for piping and collar/cuffs is a great accompaniment to the ocean blue shirt. Even a larger than normal sponsor logo can't take away from the quality of this effort.
7. Atletico Madrid
Don't let "Azerbaijan, Land of Fire" put you off. Atletico Madrid's red and white stripe classic is, like many of their performances this year, out of the top drawer.
The simple blue "v" at the base of the collar sculpts the neckline well, a nice solid red throughout the shirt.
6. Real Madrid
Across town, rivals Real Madrid have gone one better.
The most simple of sponsor logos, a beautifully engineered two-tone collar with matching piping from underarm to base of shirt.
The thin white pin stripe within the material of the shirt is a masterstroke, and stops this from becoming just another boring white t-shirt.
Sevilla can therefore count themselves lucky that Warrior hit the jackpot in Andalusia.
Like wearing a formal white shirt with a "slim jim" red tie down the middle, this shirt is sharp.
Great use of the diagonal stripe and a simple badge to top it off.
4. Rayo Vallecano
Can you ever love a football shirt? You know, properly love it.
Well, fall in love with Rayo Vallecano's retro stunner. THIS is what it's all about.
No tinkering with this one save for some completely unobtrusive red piping at the base of the shirt.
Wait...no sponsor logo...OMG!!
3. Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad are a hard working and cultured, classy side who fully earned their place at Europe's top table this season.
What better synergy than to have a shirt of such elegance and panache. Another without a sponsor logo, this is a shirt for the ages.
Runner-up position and Valencia show their class with an outstanding work of art.
There is one element to this shirt that is absolute genius. The monochrome badge. It makes the shirt.
There's a little hint of Real Madrid in the orange and black piping, but there the comparisons end.
What a winner this is.
1. Celta Vigo
Oh my word. Now we are getting serious. Just look at the Celta Vigo shirt. Drink it in. It's a beauty isn't it?
The best thing about this shirt? It's timeless, cool and an instant classic.
Ever heard the phrase "less is more?" You're looking at the football shirt embodiment of that.
Wear it with jeans, wear it with pride.
A worthy winner.