World Football's Top 20 Vintage Uniforms That Should Be Brought BackMarch 2, 2012
World Football's Top 20 Vintage Uniforms That Should Be Brought Back
While there are multiple opinions on the subject of the best kits around, these listed together are the best of the best that should get a run out once again.
Vintage looks have ran through other major sports in the world such as the United States' Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Football League, and it would be great to see some throwbacks done around the globe in the world's greatest sport.
Many of the most recognizable are European based, but national teams have had some iconic kits as well that deserve mention, and of course there is always at least one that just catches an extra eye.
Get the conversation started in the comments as you roll through and either blast or praise my opinion.
HM: 2011 Portman Kunis United
In what is one of the strangest yet most epic instances in football, this is the 2011 kit of division 11 indoor soccer club Portman Kunis United based out of Dallas, TX.
The club are named after Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, no joke.
On top of that their main sponsor is a tattoo parlor.
Maybe it is not yet old enough to be vintage, but it is perhaps one of the most interesting finds in my Bleacher Report research history.
2001 Leeds United
In 2001, Leeds United was still yet to implode and their run to the Champions League semifinals.
This was also the last season before Leeds started their downward spiral.
Although never as successful as the sides under Don Revie in the clubs hay day. The 2001 kit is a legendary one for the club to say the least.
The decade that saw Liverpool go all red thanks to club legend Bill Shankley will forever make the 1960s Liverpool kits legendary.
Shankly propsed to have the uniform go from a red jersey and white shorts and socks to all red as an intimidation factor.
It must have worked, as Liverpool became an English power during those years, winning the second division in 1962, two first division titles in 1964 and 1966, the 1965 FA Cup and three straight Charity Shields in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
The famous Mars sponsored kit of Italian Serie A side Napoli was worn during one of the best era's in their history.
It was seen in both the UEFA Cup Championship as well as during the club's 1989-90 Scudetto-winning season.
1979 Nottingham Forest
The greatest moment of Nottingham Forest's history is enshrined in the 1979 kit above that was worn when Brian Clough led his club to the first of two straight European Cups.
Maybe a few nostalgic moments could help lift them back into the top flight with hopes to rebuilding what was once a club feared and revered throughout all of Europe.
1970s New York Cosmos
Players such as Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Pele and Johan Neeskens made sure that the New York Cosmos remain the most successful North American team of all time, despite having not participated in a league since 1984.
The Cosmos dominated American football during the NASL era, but are looking to reenter the game as an expansion team to Major League Soccer some time in the near future.
It would be great to see them in the classic kit of old once again.
The classic Nintendo kit will forever be remembered as the 1990s and the career of Gabriel Batistuta made Italian Serie A club Fiorentina a force to be dealt with.
Although there was never a Scudetto brought back to Florence, purple was a safe color for all to wear as the Viola brought class and dignity to men in the color.
England's only World Cup win was in 1966 and it is clear why this shirt has become one of the most iconic the world has seen.
The Three Lions defeated West Germany to win the biggest prize in football in their own Wembley Stadium.
It was only fitting for the cradle of football to finally see their nation triumph.
Now, if only England could get back to that type of victory on the international stage. It could be time for the Red kits once again.
USA made sure to be remembered with their style at the 1994 World Cup as the host nation.
However, the side that helped MLS icons such as Alexi Lalas and Cobi Jones also made their mark with a 2-1 defeat of Colombia in the opening round.
It was a long time before the current tenure of Ian Holloway, but Blackpool were a force when Sir Stanley Matthews was in the side.
During the mentioned year—1953—the Tangerines were the victorious side in the FA Cup lifting the silverware in their only trip to the final.
With the club once again knocking on the EPL door, perhaps they can regain some of their former glory in due time.
The Lisbon Lions will forever remember this iconic vintage kit worn by Scottish giants, Celtic FC.
Their 1967 European Cup victory changed the face of football in the United Kingdom as they became the first British club to be crowned the champions of Europe and are still the only Scottish club to have done so.
1969 Newcastle United
Newcastle United won their first of three pieces of European silverware in 1969 when they defeated Hungarian club Újpest 6-2 on aggregate in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
The competition was held from 1955-71 and is considered the forefather to the UEFA Cup previously and now the UEFA Europa League.
It was one of the crowning achievements for the Magpies at the time and still will forever be iconic in the history of the Geordie's.
1999 Manchester United
The 1999 Manchester United kit is another vintage icon in the history of football.
Sir Alex Ferguson led the Red Devils to a UEFA Champions League crown, the League Title and the FA Cup for their most famous team of the current era.
While many remember the 2005 Arsenal kit for its tribute to Highbury, the 2004 kit was the one worn by the Invincibles.
There is without a doubt no more proud a moment for an Arsenal fan than knowing they had a side go undefeated in the English Premier League.
There are a few things that Liverpool failed to do in their 2001 calender year.
With a unique treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup, the Reds can look back on that as one of their most successful seasons, and as a great way to have rung in the next millennium.
1960s AC Milan
One of the best eras in Italian side AC Milan's history was the 1960s, which saw them win two Scudetto's, an Italian Cup and two European cups amongst all their success.
The Rosseneri also were the winners of the 1969 Intercontinental Cup.
Almost the same treble which was won by Manchester United in 1999 had already been done before by Liverpool in the 1983-84 season,
Liverpool won the English League, the League Cup and their fourth European Cup in a remarkable treble that saw the Reds last top-tier European trophy until 2005.
The 1980s was the club's most dominant era by far, and this kit will forever be remembered by both fans and other clubs alike.
The Azzurri were the toast of the 1930s, winning their first and second Cups in back-to-back tournaments in 1934 and 1938.
Legend Giuseppe Meazza led the team to both trophies and scored 33 goals in 53 matches for his national team.
The Dutch squad had a classic kit from 1974-78 which donned a large lion graphic on the chest. Johan Cruyff wears it well in the picture above.
It is one of those kits that is known worldwide as meaning beautiful attacking football, and it truly defines the Dutch nation's style of play altogether.
During the time frame of this kit, the Oranje were World Cup runners-up twice, in 1974 and 1978, while placing third in the 1976 UEFA European Championships.
1950s Real Madrid
Real Madrid were the kings of Europe in the 1950s as they crushed every opponent in the opening five European Cups.
With players such as Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas leading the line it was no surprise that the club were so powerful.
In many people's opinion, Real's club in the late 1950s is arguably the greatest team in the history of football.
Along with their five European Cups, the club also earned four La Liga titles but were never able to win the Copa Del Rey during that time, having been runners-up twice in 1958 and 1959.
This kit is perhaps the most recognizable Brazil kit of all time, and was worn by the likes of Pele and Jairzinho in the 1970 World Cup.
Brazil claimed their third World Cup title out of their current five with a victory over a strong Italian side.
The Samba stars truly showed once more that they were true football masters.
There are many more classic, iconic and vintage kits to choose from that would be great to see thrown on for a game these days.
Get the discussion going with your own favorite kits below, and I will start an aditional honorable mention page at the beginning and include all of the fans' picks.
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