Fashion

Classic Cut

We challenged ourselves to find all eight shirts from the teams in the first Champions League group stage in 1992/93. We tracked down five, and they remain a beautiful sight. The starball patch appears on the sleeve but there are no shirt sponsors, prohibited under competition rules

WORDS Tayler Willson | PHOTOGRAPHY Eduardo Zappia

Marseille

The iconic three-stripe trim that branded adidas kits was phased out in 1991, heralding an era of more variety. For Marseille this meant three bold blue stripes running down from the right shoulder, an effect mirrored on the shorts. The likes of Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Franck Sauzée, Alen Bokšić and Basile Boli certainly wore it well, beating AC Milan in the final to lift the trophy.

AC Milan

Simple, classic, iconic black-and-red stripes (“red like fire, black like the fear we invoke,” according to the English creator). The adidas trefoil, no wordmark, balanced against the Italy crest and a single gold star. This was the season Marco van Basten won the Ballon d’Or, scoring six times en route to the final. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Frank Rijkaard – it was a team of champions. But not this year.

Penalty Pedigree

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Marseille

The iconic three-stripe trim that branded adidas kits was phased out in 1991, heralding an era of more variety. For Marseille this meant three bold blue stripes running down from the right shoulder, an effect mirrored on the shorts. The likes of Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Franck Sauzée, Alen Bokšić and Basile Boli certainly wore it well, beating AC Milan in the final to lift the trophy.

AC Milan

Simple, classic, iconic black-and-red stripes (“red like fire, black like the fear we invoke,” according to the English creator). The adidas trefoil, no wordmark, balanced against the Italy crest and a single gold star. This was the season Marco van Basten won the Ballon d’Or, scoring six times en route to the final. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Frank Rijkaard – it was a team of champions. But not this year.

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IFK Göteborg

It doesn’t get much better than the resolutely old-school simplicity and uniformity of these blue-and-white stripes. The crest is great too – a sword-wielding lion with a shield bearing the three crowns of Sweden.The two group winners advanced to the final in this first Champions League season and IFK (UEFA Cup winners in 1982 and 1987) impressed, finishing runners-up to Milan in Group B.

PSV Eindhoven

This was Romário’s year in the red-and-white stripes of PSV even if the Dutch side finished bottom of Group B. The Brazilian top scored with seven goals, the pick of them struck while wearing the blue away kit at home against Milan – juggling the ball with his back to goal before swivelling to rifle high into the net. As written above the crest, the club were officially called Philips SV in the Champions League that season.  

Rangers

The adidas-infused blue base, that deep, heavy V-neck leading down to the crest, three white stripes draped over each shoulder – this shirt brings back great memories for Rangers fans. The Scottish champions beat Leeds United in the second round to become Britain’s first group stage contenders and they finished the campaign undefeated, missing out on a place in the final by a single point to eventual winners Marseille.

Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts | Shoot location Powerleague Nine Elms

Penalty Pedigree

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Marseille

The iconic three-stripe trim that branded adidas kits was phased out in 1991, heralding an era of more variety. For Marseille this meant three bold blue stripes running down from the right shoulder, an effect mirrored on the shorts. The likes of Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Franck Sauzée, Alen Bokšić and Basile Boli certainly wore it well, beating AC Milan in the final to lift the trophy.

AC Milan

Simple, classic, iconic black-and-red stripes (“red like fire, black like the fear we invoke,” according to the English creator). The adidas trefoil, no wordmark, balanced against the Italy crest and a single gold star. This was the season Marco van Basten won the Ballon d’Or, scoring six times en route to the final. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Frank Rijkaard – it was a team of champions. But not this year.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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