Not since Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies took New York Fashion Week has there been a fashion duo quite as dreamy as this one. In a move that’s sure to make Son Heung-min stop dead in his Calvins, Men in Blazers has proudly teamed up with celebrated curators of football fashion, Classic Football Shirts, to stock the MiB Shop with some of the greatest football shirts to ever hit the football pitch.
Each week we’ll provide a breakdown of our Top XI Shirts of the Week, with each collection hand-picked by Rog, Davo, and the great minds at Classic Football Shirts. Our Week 2 selection pays tribute to a beloved English sports apparel company as we take a look back at 11 Umbro Classics.
Shirt No. 1 of 11: Olympigue Lyon home kit
Club, manufacturer, and season: Olympique Lyonnais home shirt, made by Umbro for the 2008-09 season.
Design: A highly appealing white shirt that stands out thanks to the vertical red-and-blue sash running down the left side of the kit.
Why it’s special: After winning seven straight Ligue 1 titles, OL finished third in ‘08-09, but not for a lack of talent. Some of the big names to play for Lyon that season included Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, and renowned free-kick specialist Juninho Pernambucano.
Shirt No. 2 of 11: Inter Milan home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: FC Internazionale Milano home kit, made by Umbro for the 1994-95 season.
Design: Features Inter’s signature blue and black vertical stripes, which are complemented by smart cuffs and a sporty striped collar.
Why it's special: Inter won the UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League) in ‘93-94, but were unable to defend their title in this jersey, getting knocked out by Aston Villa in the first round of the European competition. This was also the final Nerazzurri home shirt worn by Dennis Bergkamp, who signed with Arsenal in the offseason.
Shirt No. 3 of 11: Manchester United home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester United FC home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Design: A symmetrical, collared red shirt that’s well worthy of being worn in the “THEATRE OF DREAMS” (which is printed on the bottom front of the jersey) that is Old Trafford.
Why it's special: A kit so nice they used it twice, this shirt was worn by a host of United’s one-name wonders, including Beckham, Keane, Giggs, and Scholes. Club legend Eric Cantona also retired in this shirt after the ‘96-97 season, but not before scoring one of the most memorable goals the Premier League has ever seen.
Shirt No. 4 of 11: Brazil home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Brazil national team home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1993-94 season.
Design: Features Brazil’s signature yellow look, which is enhanced by the jersey’s patterned green collar and green trim on the sleeves.
Why it's special: Led by the likes of Romario, Bebeto and Cafu — along with a 17-year-old Ronaldo on the bench — Brazil captured the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. while wearing this shirt, thanks in no small part to Roberto Baggio’s famous missed penalty for Italy.
Shirt No. 5 of 11: Everton home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Everton FC home shirt, made by Umbro for the 2005-06 season.
Design: Bright Toffee blue with white accents, this mid-naughties kit further grabs the eye thanks to a subtle collar and the attractive Chang Beer sponsor logo in the middle.
Why it's special: While Everton played in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup in this shirt — getting bumped from the third qualifying round of the former, and the first round of the latter — this kit is probably best known for being the final home uniform worn by club legend Duncan “Big Dunc” Ferguson.
Shirt No. 6 of 11: Parma home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Parma Calcio home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1991-92 season.
Design: The rare white shirt that pops, thanks to the eye-catching yellow and blue stripes on the sleeves, collar and v-neck. Moreover, the classic “parmalat” sponsor logo in the center really works to bring the shirt home. Literally.
Why it's special: Parma won its first-ever major trophy in this shirt, as they captured the ‘91-92 Coppa Italia, which included a win in the final over Juventus. This triggered a strong decade for the Italian side, as they went on to capture two more Coppa Italia titles (‘98-99 and ‘01-02) as well as two UEFA Cup trophies (‘94-95 and ‘98-99).
Shirt No. 7 of 11: Celtic away kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Celtic Football Club away shirt, made by Umbro for the 1996-97 season.
Design: Celtic’s signature hoops, but in bumblebee fashion, this away shirt is memorable for its bright colors, buttoned collar and impressionistic stripes.
Why it's special: While the Bhoys finished a frustrating second to rival Rangers, they did see some sparkling play up front, led by attackers Paolo di Canio, Pierre van Hooijdonk, and Jorge Cadete. Cadete was particularly impressive that season, as the Portuguese forward scored 33 goals in 45 total appearances for the Scottish side.
Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Roy Keane kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Republic of Ireland national team home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Design: Orange accents on the neck and collar — as well as the outline of the player’s name and number on the back — breathe plenty of life into this rugged green shirt.
Why it's special: Ireland nearly made it to the 1998 World Cup while wearing this shirt, only to lose to Belgium in a two-legged playoff after finishing second in their qualifying group. Regardless, any Ireland shirt worn by the one and only Roy Keane can certainly be considered “special.”
Shirt No. 9 of 11: Personalized Wayne Rooney kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: England national team away shirt, made by Umbro for the 2010-11 season.
Design: A bold red top with tidy white trim on the sleeves that features the player number on both the front and back of the shirt.
Why it's special: As worn by Wazza and company in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where they successfully made it out of group play before losing to Germany in the round of 16. England also successfully qualified for Euro 2012 while wearing this uniform.
Shirt No. 10 of 11: Rangers home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Rangers Football Club home shirt, made by Umbro for the 2008-09 season.
Design: Thin diagonal shadow stripes and the beloved Carling sponsor logo complete this shirt’s tasteful look.
Why it's special: Rangers captured a domestic double while wearing this kit, as the Gers won both the league and the Scottish Cup in ‘08-09. Kris Boyd was on fire that season, as the Scottish forward managed 31 goals in 46 total appearances.
Shirt No. 11 of 11: Ajax home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: AFC Ajax home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1999-2000 season.
Design: Highly unique despite its simplicity, this smartly-designed white shirt uses a wide red center stripe to great effect, as it’s one of the few kits that has a rotated sponsor logo running vertically down the front.
Why it's special: Despite this shirt’s unique appeal, there wasn’t much special about the ‘99-00 season for the Dutch side, as they finished a disappointing fifth in the Eredivisie. American John O’Brien did make his Ajax debut that season, however, and went on to make 20 appearances for the club overall.