A flag, if the wind does not blow, can be a simple rag. Something similar happens with soccer jerseys. Its meaning is due to what a handful of players have gotten tucked into them or the social context in which they have appeared.
To collect some 150 of the most iconic has been dedicated British collector Neal Heard in A lover's guide to Football Kits Discount, a book that is just that, football pornography for lovers of design and history of team shirts and selections.
These are the most beautiful, those that we would put to go to our own wedding.
Why not go dressed, the "happiest day of our life", the Sampdoria of 86. When they had not yet won their only Scudetto, Vialli and Mancini barely peeked in and the Italian club managed to take Genoa to Trevor Francis The Graeme Souness. The publi of Phonola, the mark of cult NR and above all that electric blue crossed by the horizontal band white, red and black, make unique the maglia of the Samp.
Or of the West Ham of 78. With the shirt that at the time looked like Frank Lampard father. Peaked neck with lapel, working class hammers and an already disappeared cult mark, Admiral.
O del Fluminense del 91. Original combination of colors and advertising that, despite being timeless, takes you mentally to three months of vacation in summer.
If there is a color associated with a national shirt, that is the azzurro to Italy. But why blue if that color is not part of your flag? Although originally the Quality Football Kits of the selection was white, says the legend that the blue was associated with the nazionale because it is the color of the Savoy house. It was adopted in 1911 during the long reign of Víctor Manuel III, that after leaving without passage to the years of Mussolini, would finish abdicating in 1946 by the majority rejection of the Italian population to its figure. Even so, it is with this color that Italy continues to give unforgettable images to football, such as that of the alienated celebration of Marco Tardelli when marking one of the goals with which the Azzurri was world champion in 82.
But if there is a Football Team Kits that is worn, the palm may be that of the French Saint-Étienne. Who knows if for the green, for those huge advertising Super Télé and-eye-of the arms company Manufrance, because it is a team that made at times the best football in Europe without a continental award or because his brand has known ) Sell them well, you feel that little complement more than a jeans or a jacket you need that shirt to go to a wedding or conquer the planet.