Barcelona 91/92, Valencia, 12/13, Dortmund 96/97 – That’s a shocker ref!

To celebrate the last round of Champions League group phase we thought we would do something special…but instead we chose to poke fun at some horrendous kits that have graced European football’s elite competition over the years. For some reason the design geniuses at various unnamed sporting manufactures thought the use of fluoro-yellow and green shades of doom have a place in football. I suppose they do, its just in this hall of shame. Check it out and if you can add any horror shows to the mix then do so in the comments section below. 

10. Barcelona 1991/92

Barcelona in the Champions League is a story of breathtakingly good football and success – particularly in the last decade – but many forget the Catalans won their first European Cup/Champions League only 20 years ago. Or maybe they’re just trying to forget that awful orange kit…

9. Borussia Dortmund 1996/97

Dortmund won their first and only European Cup in 1997, surprising heavy favourites Juventus in the Munich final. Who can forget Lars Ricken’s fairytale? The 20-year-old local Dortmund boy had  been on the pitch for only 16 seconds when he chipped Angelo Peruzzi from 20 yards to dash Juventus’ hopes of a comeback.

Sadly for Dortmund, their Champions League kit for that season was more a horror story than a fairytale, with black and white stripes converging into some sort of black hole on the chest. Used very rarely, the kit is now a collector’s item…if anyone wants to collect it.

8. Marseille 2010/11

French clubs are a sport retailer’s wet dream with the three or four different kits they seem to produce every season. Sadly, creativity can run dry and although a larger number kits can increase the possibility of having a nice shirt, it also escalates the chances of being treated to a complete shocker like the strip OM wore in their 2010-11 Champions League campaign.

The kit scared opponents away until the round of 16 when United, mercifully, showed OM and their shirts, the door.

7. Copenhagen 2010/11

Copenhagen achieved their best result in the Champions League in 2010-11, as they negotiated their way through the group stages before surrendering to Chelsea in the round of 16.

Sadly they’ll be mostly remembered for the bright pink kit they sported in Europe. Not exactly a colour that would make their opponents feel threatened….well unless you are insecure with your sexuality.

6. Valencia 2012/13

The best thing about this one is that you maybe able to see it live tonight! Or worst case scenario check out Valencia’s opening match of the 2012/13 Champions League and you too can choke on your beer. 

Sometimes you wonder what goes through someones head when they design a kit, sometimes you think ‘I could have done better than that’ or ‘I remember doing a Jim’ll fix it application to design my teams kit…thank god that wasn’t successful’. This beauty is more reminiscent of a hot dog van than it is a shirt to be taken in to battle! I think I am going to be sick…

5. Werder Bremen 2005/06

Never has a side with such a ridiculous kit been taken so seriously. Bremen’s shirt might have resembled a patchwork quilt, but their form was far from patchy as they established themselves as one of Germany’s top teams.

Werder Bremen reached the round of 16 in 2005-06 for the second year running but, unfortunately for them, they again crashed out of the competition, this time at the hands of Juventus…thank god.

4.  Vác FC-Samsung 1994/95

The Hungarian minnows – now known as Dunakanyar-Vác FC, having changed name for the 17th (it’s true) time in their history – might be toiling away in their domestic second division now, but were once a force to be reckoned with. Well, sort of. 

Vác FC-Samsung’s biggest contribution to the 1994-95 European Cup was being mauled 5-1 on aggregate by PSG in the qualifying round, while sporting a shirt that today would have anti-tobacco organisations going berserk, as the Hungarians’ main sponsor was the same brand soon to be seen on McLaren’s F1 cars.

Vác FC-Samsung are perhaps the living proof that smoking is NOT a habit to indulge in.

3. Anderlecht 1987/88

Okay, okay, so this beauty of a kit doesn’t quite come under the current format of the Champions League and yes it is from the days when the competition was known as the European Cup, but it is an ABSOLUTE BEAUTY! When your club’s colours are purple and white, the chances to produce an abhorrent kit are extremely high. In fairness to Anderlecht, they always did a good job with their kits, which perhaps explains why this stands out even more. And for all the wrong reasons. The purple was slightly lighter than in previous kits, making Scifo & Co. look like a bunch of plums.

Despite their kit, Anderlecht went on to reach the quarter finals where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Benfica.

2. Kosice 1996/97

Slovak football is very much in the ascendency these days. The national team reached the knockout stages at the 2010 World Cup and players like Marek Hamsik and Martin Skrtel are pivotal figures in their respective clubs.

Hard to imagine what could have motivate them, considering that in their childhood they were treated to kits such as Kosice’s – a truly memorable 90s trash. The striped black and orange kit (perhaps remotely inspired by Blackburn’s red and black effort in 1995?) is characterised by white shades scattered all over the shirt – a malfunctioning washing machine or an ill-advised decision by the producers?

Not surprisingly, Kosice and their kit were shown the door after six defeats in six games.

1. Valencia 1999/00

Valencia took Spain and Europe by storm at the turn of the millennium, with a team packed with relatively unknown players and a quick counter attacking football that led to back-to-back Champions League finals.

Sadly for the viewers, their away kit was nowhere near as entertaining as Valencia themselves, with a mixture of shades of orange, grey and blue leaving millions of fans to return their TVs, convinced that there was something wrong with the colour adjustment settings.

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