Words: Charlie Morgan 
Images: Classic Football Shirts

Each year, four teams jostle to reign as the kings of Rio. But only one of them can boast the largest following of any club in Brazil.

Only one of them has never been relegated from the top flight. And only one of them plays their home games in the fucking Maracanã...

It’s Flamengo. And their kits are class as well.


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Flamengo’s prodigal son came home, and was wrapped in these regal robes. After a spell at Udinese, Zico returned in 1985 to wear thedefinitive Flamengo shirt. Every stripe is exactly where it needs to be; the trefoil logo stands proudly alongside a fantastically massive Flamengo badge, and a Brazilian car lubricant’s plastered across the front.


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I don’t care what other kits are out there, you will not find a better one for you and four other portly lads to squeeze into when you play fives tonight. No chance. How many stripes even are there? Snag it for your next game over at Classic Football Shirts.

1995—Home Centenary

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My word, those bods at Umbro know how to make a beautiful shirt. This came about in a vintage Flamengo season, where they won the Rio State Championship undefeated and rinsed everyone in the CONMEBOL Gold Cup. The classic red and black stripes got a 100th Birthday upgrade, with little faint Flamengo badges stitched into the body. And those sleeves… Oh, the sleeves. Umbro double diamonds underneath some calligraphy? Jesus wept. Try those teary eyes and pick it up at Classic Football Shirts.


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There was a time when Umbro made all of the best shirts in the world. Let's get back to that, shall we? Available from, yep, CFS right now.


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Romário. Savio. Bebeto. Sublime players in a sublime shirt. The collar fucking ties up. This wouldn’t have looked out of place in A Knight’s Tale. William Thatcher, strolling around looking pensive, in his casual non-jousting gear. “Oh this? Yeah, they ditched the stripes and released it to celebrate 100 years of them fucking battering everyone. Lovely, innit?” Sure is, obscure movie character. It sure is. We'd direct him to Classic Football Shirts to pick up a copy if knights had broadband.  


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Dennis the Menace wore this. Flamengo snagged their first Brazilian title in it, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the opponents were too busy lustfully staring at this beauty to notice the boys from Rio running riot. Whoever designed this had preemptively read MUNDIAL once. Font’s bang on, V-neck is a nice touch, and it says bloody ‘MUNDIAL' above crest.


I’d buy Umbro x Flamengo anything. Understated office furniture, a line of musical instruments, camping equipment, you name it. If the attention is as glorious as this, then so be it. Until those glorious times, you'd best go over to Classic Football Shirts and grab it. 

Kits are great, aren't they? Bloody lovely. We write about loads of kits in our mag—the new issue out out mid-December, but you can subscribe below right now.

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