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Men in Blazers x Classic Football Shirts: Week 8, European Stars Outside of the EPL

MiB 22.09-1

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 Jack Grealish lose grip of his custom Gucci duffle, 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.

Every 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. This week’s selection pays homage to 11 of Europe’s biggest continental names who never signed with English clubs. Spanish, Italian, French, and German legends are all part of MiB x CFS’s “Week 8, European Stars Outside of the EPL” list.

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Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Alessandro Del Piero shirt.

Number: 10

Club, manufacturer, and season: Juventus home shirt, made by Lotto for the 2000-01 season.

Design: A classic Bianconeri design, with some memorable flourishes, namely the TELE+ sponsor logo, and the bright, red Lotto shoulder patches. Also features the classic two-star Juve crest, which was used by the club from 1989-2004.

Why it's special: Juve finished second in Serie A that season, with Del Piero contributing nine goals in 33 total appearances. Even more prolific days were ahead for the stylish playmaker, as he would go on to score at least 11 goals in each of the next 11 seasons for the Northern Italians.

Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Zinedine Zidane shirt.

Number: 5

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2002-03 season.

Design: Maybe it’s the sleek collar, maybe it’s the classic stencil font for “Zidane 5” on the back, or maybe it’s that this is about as monochromatic as a football shirt can get. Either way, this Real top is a tidy, minimalistic gem of early 2000s design.

Why it's special: The Galacticos won the La Liga title in ‘02-03, with Zidane contributing 12 goals in 48 total appearances from midfield. Real also made it to the semifinals of that year’s Champions League, where they were eliminated by Juventus. Zidane was awarded his third FIFA Player of the Year award that season for his efforts. 

Shirt No. 3 of 11: Personalized Raul shirt.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid away shirt, made by Adidas for the 1999-2000 season.

Design: A very sporty, and very cool, Real away shirt, thanks to the black and orange color combination, as well as the miniature club crest at the base of the v-neck collar.

Why it's special: While the Galacticos only managed a fifth-place league finish in ‘99-00, they found glory in Europe by winning that season’s Champions League title. Raul led the way on all fronts, as the Spanish forward scored 29 goals in 57 total appearances.

Shirt No. 4 of 11: Personalized Andres Iniesta shirt.

Number: 8

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona away shirt, made by Nike for the 2017-18 season.

Design: An electric blue shirt that pays homage to the club’s history, via the Catalan flag on the back collar, as well as having the words “Forca” and “Barca” stitched on the right and left sleeves, respectively.

Why it's special: This was the away shirt worn by Iniesta during his final season with Barcelona, the club he joined as a 12-year-old boy. Barca captured the La Liga title in ‘17-18, a fitting sendoff to one of the club’s true legends.

Shirt No. 5 of 11: Personalized Robert Lewandowski shirt.

Number: 9

Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2016-17 season.

Design: From the subtle horizontal stripes on the front, to the white trim on the inside of the collar, this straightforward Bayern shirt somehow manages to be both eye-catching and understated at the same time.

Why it’s special: The shirt Bayern wore in capturing the ‘16-17 Bundesliga title, their then-fifth in a row. Lewandowski was unstoppable that season, scoring 43 goals in 47 total appearances. He also notched his 100th goal for the German giants that season, on March 11 against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Shirt No. 6 of 11: Personalized Lothar Matthaus shirt.

Number: 10

Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich away kit, made by Adidas for the 1995-96 season.

Design: A beauty of an away shirt for the storied Bavarian club, thanks to the single red-and-blue vertical stripe on the right of the kit, as well as the striped shield-shaped badge that holds the club’s traditional circular crest within.

Why it's special: Despite finishing in second place in the Bundesliga in ‘95-96, Bayern found glory in Europe, as they won the UEFA Cup that season, which has turned out to be the only Europa League title in the club’s history. Matthaus helped steer them in midfield on both fronts, making 26 total appearances — including seven in Europe — that season.

Shirt No. 7 of 11: Personalized Luis Figo shirt.

Number: 10

Club, manufacturer, and season: Real Madrid home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2000-01 season.

Design: An athletic take on the traditional white Real top, this shirt stands out thanks to the gray underarm panels, blue trim on the sleeves and hemline, and the miniature crest stitched into the back of the collar.

Why it's special: The shirt Figo wore when he crossed the line. After five seasons with Barcelona, the Portuguese winger joined bitter rivals Real Madrid in ‘00-01, injecting new levels of bellicosity into the already-intense rivalry. Figo let his play on the pitch do his talking, as he scored 9 goals in 34 league matches that season in helping Real capture the La Liga title.

Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Franck Ribery shirt.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2017-18 season.

Design: With four pinstripes on the front, and broad white trim on the collar and cuffs, this shirt was inspired by the club’s classic 1974 home kit which featured an almost identical design.

Why it's special: Bayern captured their sixth-straight Bundesliga title in ‘17-18, with Ribery contributing five goals in 20 league appearances. The French winger also broke a club record with his 366th appearance that season, the most ever by a non-German player. 

Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Franck Ribery shirt.

Number: 7

Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2017-18 season.

Design: With four pinstripes on the front, and broad white trim on the collar and cuffs, this shirt was inspired by the club’s classic 1974 home kit which featured an almost identical design.

Why it's special: Bayern captured their sixth-straight Bundesliga title in ‘17-18, with Ribery contributing five goals in 20 league appearances. The French winger also broke a club record with his 366th appearance that season, the most ever by a non-German player. 

Shirt No. 10 of 11: Personalized Clarence Seedorf shirt.

Number: 10

Club, manufacturer, and season: AC Milan home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2005-06 season.

Design: With its sharp, tapered black stripes and lightning-bolt Opel Zafira sponsor logo, this Milan home shirt has a wild, almost electric, appeal to it, which is further accentuated by the gold name and number on the back.

Why it's special: Milan came close to glory on both home and European fronts in ‘05-06, finishing third in Serie A, and reaching the Champions League semifinals that season. Seedorf was a rock in midfield, as the Dutch great scored six goals in 49 total appearances for the storied Italian side. 

Shirt No. 11 of 11: Personalized Xavi shirt.

Number: 6

Club, manufacturer, and season: Barcelona home shirt, made by Nike for the 2002-03 season.

Design: With just two red stripes on the front, and horizontal piping that crops the back stripes, this shirt is a sturdy, muscular take on the classic Blaugrana look.

Why it's special: While the ‘02-03 campaign was borderline unimpressive for Barca — they finished sixth in La Liga, and reached the quarterfinals of the ‘02-03 Champions League — Xavi continued to solidify his reputation as an elite European midfielder, making 44 total appearances for the Spanish giants that season.

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