Gear & kit

Euro 2008

Euro 2008 fashion crimes: John Motson and Lawro's spectacles

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Word to the BBC: ditch these two jokers now Uncle Motty has gone into a branch of Boots and chosen his glasses from the section marked "Plastic frames suitable for wacky children's TV presenters". Meanwhile, Lawro has clearly bought his...

Football Fashion Crimes: Rio Ferdinand's Kung Fu t-shirt

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Rio on holiday in Tel Aviv A handy pictorial reminder of why it's so refreshing that England aren't at Euro 2008. Much like any English tourists, there are few things more embarrassing than an English football star abroad. Rio, you...

Football fashion crimes: Viewers complain about BBC pundits' Euro 2008 "uniforms"

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Lineker, Hansen and co., more boring than ever The BBC has received complaints about the dress sense of its Euro 2008 football pundits. Viewers say Gary Lineker, Martin O'Neill, Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen look like they're in uniform, with...

First Spain player to score vs Sweden wins a Hummer... on one condition

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Bookmaker offers free gas guzzler to first Spanish goalscorer Paddy Power, a bookies that specialises in special and unusual bets, is offering a free Hummer to the first Spanish player to score against Sweden in tomorrow evening's Group D clash....

Euro Trash: Mascot hat

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More useless goods from the House of Platini

Top Six: Euro 2008 kits

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The greatest gear that Austria and Switzerland has to offer 1. Holland away Holland's powder blue change strip continues the retro theme that Nike have maintained for the last three years or so. The KNVB is looking good as is the band around the chest.

Arsenal

Shit Kits: Arsenal, 1991

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This Arsenal away kit is a high profile example of a Shit Kit. The sickly yellow and black outfit donned by the Gunners in the early 1990s has been confined to history as the 'bruised banana' shirt (for obvious reasons). Arsenal have had a few dangerous flirtations with the colour yellow, but this effort is by far the worst.

Kit Parade: New Arsenal kits for 2008/09 season... Or another fake?

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Is this what Arsenal will be wearing next season? This is a "leaked" photo of Arsenal's new home and away kits for the 2008/09 campaign. It's been floating around the web for a while now, but I'm still suspicious of...

Tottenham Hotspur

Shit Kits: Tottenham, 1985

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Spurs went for motorway chic with this mid-1980s kit. The design, courtesy of Danish company Hummel, features not only chevrons but also a hatched area across the chest. Dribbling round this lot must have felt like a tour of...

Football fashion crimes: Jermaine Jenas's white blazer/vest combo

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Spurs midfielder goes all Miami Vice A good look for JJ? We think not....

Tottenham Hotspur's new kits for 2008/09 season - does this mean that Berbatov is off?

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Spurs reveal new kits I guess we can presume from this PR shot that Ledley King, Robbie Keane and Jon Woodgate will all be at Tottenham next season? No Dimi Berbatov though? Does that mean that Spurs are more than...

Manchester United

Horror Hats - Nemanja Vidic

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If the cap Vids

Shit Kits: Manchester United, 1991

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Continuing our walk down the Hall of Football Shirt Shame of our Premier League teams, here is a youthful looking Sir Ryan Giggs sporting Manchester United's disgraceful away kit from 1991. Aside from being horrendous on the eyes, this shirt also managed to alienate Manchester United fans because it made them look like Scouse scallies and Manchester City fans at the same time.

Horror Hat - Cristiano Ronaldo's back-to-front baseball cap

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It seems Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a practical joke at the weekend. While the 40 goals a season winger was supposed to be conducting an interview with Match of the Day, some prankster had obviously misled C-Ron into believing he was attending an audition for a New Kids On The Block tribute band.

Chelsea

Shit Kits: Chelsea, 1994

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This shit goalkeeping kit made Chelsea's keepers look like patchwork Scousers. And nothing dates a football shirt quite like being sponsored by Amiga. Chelsea will shortly be taking to the pitch in Moscow wearing slightly more tasteful kits than this, but the blast from the past is being modelled by Russian goalie/poodle Dimitri Kharine.

Chelsea's new home kit for 08/09 - hit or shit?

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Chelsea's new home kits for next season (blue for outfield players, naturally, and Dutch orange for the goalies) have been leaked on the thing they call the interweb. So what do you think? The blue shirt, complete with old-school...

Football fashion crimes - John Terry's skintight jeans

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The crime The photo says it all - JT, out on the town with a few Chelsea team-mates (including Fwank Lampard, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Petr Cech, Michael Essien and 'loverat' Ashley Cole) at some Emporio Armani launch, was photographed by paparazzi...

Funny old game

Nomis 'damn boots' commercial

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A quite brilliant advert for Nomis football boots. I thought it was a spoof at first, but it seems that Nomis is a real brand of boot. Nomis claims its boots, which are made from kangaroo and bovine leathers for...

Football fashion crimes - Cesare Prandelli's purple puffa jacket

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The crime I noticed the Fiorentina head coach's jacket during the first leg of their Uefa Cup tie against Everton. By thunder, it's a hideous garment, arguably the most shocking coat I've seen a top manager dare to wear -...

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Football fashion crimes: Sol Campbell's Ali Baba pants

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Pompey defender, putting the loon into pantaloons Here's Sol in holiday mode, strolling along the French Riviera with his WAG Fiona Barratt, an interior designer to the stars. The white t-shirt is fine, the sandals are fine, the gold chain...

Shit Kits: Hull City, 1993

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Welcome to the Premier League, Hull City! The Championship play-off winners will be bringing their own unique brand of style and class to top-flight football for the first time in their history. We could not let the occasion pass without celebrating their 1993 kit, which is probably the worst football kit of all time.

Shit Kits: Everton, 1995

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An ugly, but practical kit. This Everton away strip was safe to leave on the washing line in Liverpool because nobody would want to nick it. The season does hold some fond memories for Everton fans as they won the FA Cup. It also heralded the arrival of Joe Royle, Duncan Ferguson and Daniel Amokachi.

Shit Kits: Newcastle United, 1990

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In 1990, Newcastle circumnavigated the traditional 'should we have thin stripes or thick stripes' debate by having both. The Toon Army still get fun poked at them for being walking barcodes, but I wouldn't be surprised if this particular kit did actually scan in the supermarket. Umbro served up this avant-garde disaster.

Kit Parade: West Ham launch new Umbro away kit for 2008/09

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Here's what the Hammers will wear on their travels next season. We like, a lot You can't beat a bit of claret and blue - it's a classic English football colour combo, used to great effect by Umbro for their...

New Nike football ad, directed by Guy Ritchie

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Guy Ritchie makes shit films (well, apart from "Lock Stock") but this time he has surprised us all by directing a pretty good ad: Some wonderful camerawork in there, although I'm not sure how much digital trickery has been employed....

Kit Parade - Johan Cruyff's New York Cosmos shirt

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Well-educated footy fans will know that Cruyff played for the Los Angeles Aztecs between 1979-1980, but few people know that he also made a couple of guest appearances for east-coast rivals the New York Cosmos (see photo). Anyhow, the 1979/80...