Burgers, Onesies and Elephants – Weird and Wonderful Football Kits From Across the Globe

When playing as a team, we’re all in this together. That inevitably means wearing the same kit, be that for better or for worse. Some kits are iconic, known worldwide for their beauty and elegance. Some are utterly bizarre, but can grow cult appreciation due to their shall we say, acquired taste. Throughout football’s history we have been treated to the highs and lows of design in team wear – with the 1990s being a particular high point for those in search of unusual kit creations. Here are some of the weirdest and wonderful designs to ever grace the beautiful game:

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Puma at AcoN 2012

Puma supplied many of the kits to the countries competing in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, with artists from across Africa supplying designs for the shirts. Each truly was unique, with a background silhouette in the centre of each shirt lending itself to the climes and nicknames of each country. Cameroon were treated to an extremely large facial profile of a lion, while the Ivory Coast boasted an elephant with an extremely long trunk which circled its way all around the shirt. Namibia sadly fell during the qualifying rounds, meaning that many did not get to see their sun-based design which had more than a bit of a wallpaper-quality to it.

Hull 92

Hull might not boast the climate of Africa, but they are no stranger to animal-based kits. Hull City have the nickname ‘The Tigers’ and so in 1992-93 their shirt manufacturer decided that in honour of this nickname they should design the shirts to look like actual tiger skin, becoming quite a cult classic amongst the fan base.

Getafe Royalty

In what must be regarded as one of the most inventive means of advertising on a football shirt, Burger King actually sent instructions with their 2009-10 Getafe shirts. Not only did the La Liga club have the well-known logo on the chest of the shirt, they also had the face of the Burger King himself on the inside, meaning that when a player pulled the shirt over his head, the face of the King was the one smiling back at the crowd. Not what most footballers will have joined the game for, but a fun form of advertising nonetheless!

Cameroon’s Onesie

Cameroon caused quite the stir when they unveiled their one piece kit at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. Never one to stand still, Puma combined shorts and shirts to create a one-of-a-kind kit which caused all sorts of controversy. Fined and docked points by FIFA as a result of their creation, it is unlikely that we’ll see another one-piece any time soon.

Most sports require some version of team wear, be sure to pick out a style which is right for you.

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