Fashion

Classic Cut

These teams may not have made it past the quarter-finals in 1996/97, but their kit choices were all high-fliers in the fashion stakes

WORDS Tayler Willson | PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Ower-Davis

ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

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PORTO

Buoyed by signing Mário Jardel, Porto surged to the league title in 1996/97 and also topped their Champions League group. The Brazilian forward caught the eye, as did this other new addition, shown off against IFK Göteborg. Avoiding a clash with the Swedish club’s blue-and-white stripes, Porto ran out in an off-white base and dark navy stripes down one side, plus a button-up collar. It was a triumph to match their unbeaten group stage, before they were defeated by Manchester United in the last eight.

RANGERS

For the late Walter Smith and his Rangers team, 1996/97 was a season of mixed fortunes. Despite winning the Scottish Premier League and League Cup, the Gers managed only one solitary victory in the Champions League – thanks to an Ally McCoist double against Grasshoppers. But the team’s home strip hit the mark, featuring a metallic base plus red, white and blue stripes down either shoulder. As well as an open cotton collar, the kit displayed the club’s scroll crest and that old familiar sponsor emblem across the midriff.

Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts | Shoot location: Powerleague Shoreditch

ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

Classic Cut
Fashion

Classic Cut

These teams may not have made it past the quarter-finals in 1996/97, but their kit choices were all high-fliers in the fashion stakes

WORDS Tayler Willson | PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Ower-Davis

ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

Penalty Pedigree

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ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

PORTO

Buoyed by signing Mário Jardel, Porto surged to the league title in 1996/97 and also topped their Champions League group. The Brazilian forward caught the eye, as did this other new addition, shown off against IFK Göteborg. Avoiding a clash with the Swedish club’s blue-and-white stripes, Porto ran out in an off-white base and dark navy stripes down one side, plus a button-up collar. It was a triumph to match their unbeaten group stage, before they were defeated by Manchester United in the last eight.

RANGERS

For the late Walter Smith and his Rangers team, 1996/97 was a season of mixed fortunes. Despite winning the Scottish Premier League and League Cup, the Gers managed only one solitary victory in the Champions League – thanks to an Ally McCoist double against Grasshoppers. But the team’s home strip hit the mark, featuring a metallic base plus red, white and blue stripes down either shoulder. As well as an open cotton collar, the kit displayed the club’s scroll crest and that old familiar sponsor emblem across the midriff.

Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts | Shoot location: Powerleague Shoreditch

ROSENBORG

Rosenborg donned arguably the most impressive collar in Champions League history in 1996/97. Sat around the neck like civic regalia, the jet-black effort rounded out a pleasing black-and-white kit, which colour-matched everything from the club’s crest to the Champions League badge on the sleeve. After qualifying from a group containing Porto, AC Milan and IFK Göteborg – and winning 2-1 at the San Siro to knock out the Rossoneri – the Norwegian side were dismissed by eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals.

GRASSHOPPERS

Christian Gross’s Grasshoppers were handed a tricky group including French champions Auxerre, the previous year’s finalists Ajax and Scottish giants Rangers. The Zürich outfit beat all three but failed to progress – yet they were resounding winners in the wardrobe realm. Their away strip was a particular success, comprising a mustard-yellow base with electric-blue patches down the sleeves and a button-up collar, completed by a centralised adidas logo atop an inherently 1990s sponsor logo.

Penalty Pedigree

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