Milan Sides Reveal Plans for New Stadium & Shopping Complex Worth Over €1.2bn

AC Milan and Inter have unveiled their plans for their replacement for the iconic San Siro stadium with a comprehensive ‘Technical and Economic Feasibility Study’ submitted to the city’s Municipality regarding a ‘New Milano Stadium’.

In a statement on their official website, the Rossoneri explained: “AC Milan and ​FC Internazionale today filed with the Municipality of Milan the ‘Technical and Economic Feasibility Study’ for the new Milan stadium and its multifunctional district. The New Milano Stadium is part of a larger project which foresees private investments for the city of Milan and the San Siro area of over 1.2 billion euros.

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“The proposal to the local institutions marks a first official step by the Clubs, beginning a shared journey together with the Municipality towards constructing a modern, sustainable and accessible urban district in the San Siro area, built around a new world-class stadium.”

They later revealed that, though there was no ‘architectural component’ in this study as of yet, once the Municipality registered their interest in the project, a ‘definitive plan’ will be drafted, and with it a process to select an architect from some of the world’s leading firms.

Summing up the project’s aims, the club claimed the new San Siro area would be bolstered with ‘a new modern stadium, of approx. 60.000 seats, in the area adjacent to the existing Meazza’ as well as ‘a multifunctional district in the area where the Meazza currently stands, dedicated to sports, entertainment, and shopping, that will become a vibrant destination for citizens, fans and tourists 365-days/year, creating jobs for over 3,500 people’.

For this, the ​Serie A clubs are seeking private investments worth over €1.2bn, which they see as ‘essential in bringing Milan’s football back to the elite of the European and global football arena’.


They also outlined why such a project was far more economically viable than a refurbishment of the old San Siro, explaining: “The current structure presents a series of technical issues, of which the solution would have required a complete refurbishment, with enormous execution risks, possible cost overruns and unpredictable complications.

“In addition, there would have been organizational issues linked to the simultaneous management of football matches, longer construction timings, revenue loss connected to the temporary reduction of the available capacity to even less than 45,000 seats, safety concerns and the need to hold home matches outside the city of Milan.”

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50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football

​Football is a sport loved and cherished by millions of people across the globe. Therefore, a footballer’s image has always been something that attracts the attention of many an adoring fan. 

As the new season dawns upon us, 90min takes you through the silly, stylish and shocking as we count down the 50 most unforgettable footballer hairstyles of all time. 

Fasten your seatbelts folks, this is going to be quite the ride. 


50. Edgar Davids 

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The former Dutch international’s dreadlocked ponytail was so long at one stage that it probably gave him an aerodynamic sprint boost of about 5mph per game. 

A tough-tackling, tenacious midfielder, Egar Davids played for an impressive spread of clubs including ​Inter, Barcelona and Tottenham throughout a career that was unfortunately cut short by injury. 


49. Kevin Kampl

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In this picture, Kevin Kampl’s monstrosity of a hairdo resembles a custard-coloured Oral B toothbrush. 

His bulging shin-pad also makes it appear as though he plays with a Nokia brick in his sock, but you could be forgiven for missing that given the beacon-like brightness of his mohican. 


48. Jason Lee 

The ex-Nottingham Forest forward could take his place on this list for the horrible moustache and goatee alone.

However, he had to worsen matters by donning a set of dreads that resemble a congealed bowl of spaghetti. Not a pretty sight. 


47. Raheem Sterling 

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​Raheem Sterling has come a long way since he burst onto the scene for ​Liverpool back in 2012. 

Not only has his footballing ability improved, but so too, thankfully, has his sense of style. It had to really, unless he fancied carrying a molehill on his head for his whole career. 


46. Olivier Giroud

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​Olivier Giroud’s suave slick-back ​​has led to the Frenchman being labelled as ‘the sexiest man in football’. 

That tag will be a matter of public opinion, but it wouldn’t be ludicrous to suggest that the Chelsea striker deserved a spot on Love Island.


45. Paul Scharner 

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Former Wigan and West Brom man Paul Scharner took his hair very seriously. It was so important to him that he almost seemed to have a new hair colour every week. 

The Austrian seemed to be incapable of sticking with one colour for any length of time. He is not a man you would like to go clothes shopping with, for sure. You’d be there for days on end. 


44. Hector Bellerin 

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 This snap gives the impression that the Arsenal full-back is trying his best to be a new-wave Cockney gangster. 

His huge man-bun is all over the show and his moustache immediately screams 

’15-year-old drinking WKD on a night bus’, but it gets top marks for fearlessness. Bold. 


43. David Ginola 

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‘Oi Ref, he pulled my hair!’

‘Oh grow up Dave.’ 

The Frenchman strutting his stuff at the Lane was an iconic period that any fan of the 

​Premier League around the millennium would struggle to forget. Just in case they did though, David Ginola’s fine-flowing cut would remind them of his magical, ghost-like presence on the pitch. 


42. Gareth Bale 

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A much-maligned figure at Real Madrid, ​Gareth Bale certainly lets his hair do the talking when his football fails to. 

You dread to think how much of his wages he spends on hair gel judging by the state of the above shot. It’s a pity Bale wasn’t around in the 1930s to be the face of Brylcreem alongside ex-England cricketer and Arsenal player Denis Compton. What a pair they would have made!


41. Robbie Savage

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‘He looks like a girl, he looks a girl, Robbie Savage, he looks like a girl.’ Those were the ​chants directed at the ex-Leicester and Birmingham midfielder after he decided to grow his hair to match the length of his nose. 

Perhaps the chants were crude, but Savage seemed to be asking for a taste of his own medicine given the way he dealt with opposition players. Boy did he take no prisoners. 


40. Raul Meireles 

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The expression on Raul Meireles’ face during this press conference seems to be one that is questioning his wisdom (or lack thereof) of trying to combine a beard with a mohawk. 

Sadly for the Portuguese midfielder, this effort is almost as disappointing as his spells at Liverpool and ​Chelsea, though he was awarded a Champions League medal with the Blues in 2012. 


39. Marouane Chamakh

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Marouane Chamakh’s look of disbelief makes me think only one thing here: the cameraman must have been holding out a mirror for him to see the horror that the Moroccan deemed to be a hairstyle. 

As it turns out, having an unforgettable hairstyle might be a blessing in disguise for the former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker, so mediocre were his performances on both sides of the Thames. 


38. Sergio Aguero 

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Sergio Aguero is 31 years old. Why, at 31, would you choose to make yourself look like a geriatric by dyeing your hair the colour most people fear it will become in later life? 

A decision so bamboozling it could have been a Shane Warne googly. What were you thinking Sergio? 


37. Mario Balotelli

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​​I’m not sure which is the more shocking thing about Mario Balotelli here: his trim or the fact that he learned to put a bib on. 

You have to admire the Italian’s knowledge of British snacks here, he’s completely nailed a Millionaire shortbread with that caramel-ginger mohawk. 


36. Nicklas Bendtner

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Nicklas Bendtner looks to have given the aforementioned Bale some inspiration with this one. 

To many, he is one of the least talented footballers to have played in the Premier League era, yet he does hold the record for the quickest goal by a substitute, scoring just six seconds after coming on in a north London derby against Tottenham in 2007.


35. David Seaman  

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The ex-England shot-stopper was very good on his day, but could also be very, very bad on others. 

As a result, it is fitting that his hairstyles follow suit, with this one the pick of the bunch, resembling Nirvana-era Dave Grohl, but with too much fake tan on the side. 


34. Andrea Pirlo 

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One of the greatest midfielders in the modern era, Andrea Pirlo was renowned for his sharp and crisp personal appearance. 

Like a fine wine, it became better as the years passed by, with his long locks and beard becoming a regular look in the twilight of his career. 


33. Stephan El Shaarawy 

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Touted as a future star when he broke onto the scene with ​Milan in 2011, the Italian international never really lived up to expectations.

This eyesore of a trim looks like a peacock that has contracted alopecia. Hopefully, Stephan El Shaarawy can get his career and fashion sense back on track, having completed a move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua from Roma this summer.


32. Neymar

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This gem from ​Neymar’s early days at Santos makes it apparent that the Brazilian must be a massive fan of Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia

The PSG winger must have changed his mind about a regular grade three, as for some inexplicable reason, he opted for a lion mane mohawk over the top of what would have been a decent trim. 


31. Bobby Charlton

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The Charlton combover really is a classic. 

The fact that his brother and team-mate Jack is wearing a hat whilst sat next to his sibling in this picture begs the question: did two World Cup-winning siblings really still allow their mum to cut their hair? 


30. Marouane Fellaini

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It is a mark of Marouane Fellaini’s time at ​Manchester United that he will be remembered more fondly for his humungous afro than his contributions on the pitch. 

No wonder he won just about every header that he competed for at United, his afro gave him an extra foot in length whilst jumping. It would have been great, just once, to see the ball nestle on top of his shrub-like number. 


29. Carles Puyol

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You did not mess with Carles Puyol. His rugged, no-nonsense defending brought him spectacular success with Barcelona and Spain. 

The same could not be said of his mad mop of curls. Puyol’s defensive skills deserve even more credit given that he probably struggled to see through his locks whilst on the pitch. 


28. David Luiz

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Crazy and calamitous. David Luiz managed to pick a hairdo that matched his defensive abilities. 

The Simpsons is a programme loved and adored universally but, Mr. Luiz, that doesn’t mean you have to emulate the look of Sideshow Bob. 


​​27. Gervinho

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Goodness me this guy was bad at football.

Yes, he had a forehead bigger than Dele Alli’s ego, but Gervinho did not do himself any favours at all with this effort. Much like Gervinho on the pitch, his headband didn’t do its one job. Just as well we only had to watch him in the Premier League for two seasons. 


26. Rio Ferdinand 

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You’re being unveiled at one of the biggest clubs in history next to one of the best managers of all time, it’s your big moment…

And you go for a style that makes you look like the third member of Right Said Fred?! The white suit looks horrific to boot. At least Rio made up for that hiccup, as he went on to win six Premier League titles in a 12-year spell at Old Trafford. 


25. Rodrigo Palacio

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Apologies to everyone who has to view this image, because some things just cannot be unseen.

Rodrigo Palacio must have had to do this as a result of losing a bet. There is simply no other explanation other than that as to why anyone, let alone an international footballer, would sport a rat-tail braid. Gross. 


24. Rigobert Song

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The former Liverpool and West Ham defender ended his career in memorable fashion, sporting this blonde beard and dreadlock combo at his fourth and final World Cup with Cameroon in 2010.


23. Joe Cole 

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​Joe Cole reported for pre-season duty with West Ham United in 2002 with the haircut that resembled the type you might see on a lads’ holiday in Ibiza after the stag crew have drunk their body weight in tequila slammers. 

His loyalty to West Ham, weirdly displayed by a red-purple J, didn’t last long, as he moved across London to ​Chelsea the following season. 


22. Giovanni Simeone​


Diego Simeone is a great manager. He does not deserve to be disrespected like this.

Perhaps it is justice that his son Giovanni hasn’t quite hit the heights that he was tipped to since his move to ​Serie A in 2016, although he did make his international debut for Argentina last year. 


21. Wayne Rooney

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Hair loss is an issue that hampers almost everyone. However, ​Wayne Rooney had a trick up his sleeve. 

In an effort to prevent what little hair he had left from disappearing, he forked out £7,500 on a hair transplant in 2011. Sadly for the Manchester United legend, it hasn’t really paid dividends in the present day. 


20. Tom Huddlestone 

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Following a goal for Tottenham in a 3-3 draw against Arsenal in 2011, Tom Huddlestone was dared by a team-mate not to cut his hair until he scored again in an effort to raise money for charity.

Well, little did Huddlestone know that he wouldn’t score again for 32 months, as he ended his scoring drought on Boxing Day in 2013, raising £35,000 for charity in the process. 


19. Freddie Ljungberg 

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The Swede will be remembered most by ​Arsenal fans for the role he played in the Invincibles team of 2003/04.

This style comes a close second though, as Ljungberg turned heads everywhere he went with his pink dye job. The experience might have been a sobering one, as he took a dramatic switch to a skinhead look for the remainder of his career. 


18. Pavel Nedved 

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Look at the shine on those locks. Pavel Nedved could probably see the Ballon d’Or reflect through his hair, never mind the other way around.

Nedved had many madder styles throughout his time at ​Juventus, but he certainly made sure that he looked the part to receive football’s most prestigious individual award in 2003. 


17. Jairzinho 

This iconic afro deserves to be featured inside the top 20 of the list for the effort it would have taken to comb on a daily basis. 

An integral member of Brazil’s all-star 1970 World Cup-winning team, he also won eight trophies in 14 seasons at boyhood club Botafogo. 


16. Paul Pogba 

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​If there is one man on this list who could create his own hair salon, it would be talismanic French midfielder ​Paul Pogba. 

This statement arguably takes the biscuit, with Pogba choosing to fade the phrase ‘Pogboom’ into his head before Euro 2016. It’s certainly unique. 


15. Ivan Perisic

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If Pogba thought his effort was going to earn him the most eye-catching haircut at Euro 2016, he would have been in for a surprise when he saw Ivan Perisic’s response. 

The Croatian took hair-dye to unprecedented levels when, in a show of support for his nation, he dyed his hair to match the chequered pattern of the Croatian flag. Cheque that out. 


14. Vagner Love

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Talking of matching your hair to your team strip, here is Vagner Love’s contribution. 

If the Brazilian’s name wasn’t quirky enough, this striking set of blue dreadlocks would have captured everyone’s attention during the striker’s short stint with CSKA Moscow. 


13. Djibril Cisse

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Djibril Cisse was no stranger to a questionable cut or two during his time in the Premier League, where he garnered attention after some shocking style choices whilst at Liverpool (I bet you forgot that he was ​a Champions League winner).

However, it is his ghoulish green shave, complete with a barbaric-looking beard during his time at Sunderland, that gets the nod here. 


12. Ruud Gullit

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The magical Milan midfielder not only had the skill to endear himself to the public eye, but he also had the looks too. 

On the rare occasions that Gullit did not make football look like fine art, his picture-perfect dreads did the job. 


11. Ronaldinho 

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The streets won’t forget. The Nike headband and the toothy grin were bad news for defenders. It meant Ronaldinho was ready and when Ronaldinho was ready, he could not be stopped. 

It’s a shame that the former ​Barcelona playmaker never really enjoyed a sustained period of dominance. Never was one player so good in such a short space of time. 


10. Chris Waddle ​

We kick off the top ten with a classic Chris Waddle mullet.

Business in the front, party in the back. The former Spurs man really made it his own throughout the 1980s. He and Paul Gascoigne together look like Britain’s next biggest electropop duo. They certainly both had the temperament to form a band. 


9. Ronaldo 


This haircut might have been atrocious, but Ronaldo wouldn’t have cared one jot, as he put in some unstoppable performances to lead Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002. 

The ex-​Real Madrid striker also secured the Golden Boot, as he scored eight goals, including a brace in the final, to earn his country their first world crown since 1994. 


8. Taribo West​

Judging by this hairstyle, Taribo West was one brave man (he also played for both Milan clubs consecutively).

The poor guy looks like he’s done his own hair blindfolded, with some green superglue and string as his only tools. This one is just a complete shocker from every angle. Dreadful stuff. 


7. Abel Xavier ​

Abel Xavier was partial to an odd fashion choice or two… or three!

As his career progressed, his hairstyles became more and more incredulous. Then again, none of us should really be surprised because, just like West, he committed the footballing equivalent of homicide by transferring from Everton to Liverpool in 2002. 


6. Rudi Voller  

Take nothing away from Rudi Voller, he was an excellent footballer, just slightly mad in and out of the head.

He looks like a poodle that found a Chuckle Brothers moustache in the water whilst having a leisurely paddle. Props to you Voller, because against all odds you somehow pulled it off. 


5. Carlos Valderrama ​

The great Carlos Valderrama is Colombia’s most-capped player with 111 appearances to his name.

That is academic, for all he will be remembered by, and all he needs to be remembered by, is this magnificent blonde afro. A truly iconic style that must one day be recreated. 


4. Rene Higuita 

Another crazy Colombian cut, Rene Higuita proves that you really do have to be slightly insane to be a goalkeeper.

There was nothing Higuita couldn’t do – penalties, free-kicks, he even invented the famous Scorpion kick. Despite playing in goal, Higuita took more risks than a five-year-old dizzy on lemonade hurtling a trolley around ASDA. 


3. Roberto Baggio

What a player. What a sight. What a ponytail.

Anyone who watched the 1990 World Cup in Italy could wax lyrical about the ‘Divine Ponytail’ itself, never mind the person who possessed it and his footballing ability. 

Not content with inspiring a generation, Roberto Baggio enhanced his reputation as a bloke who is impossible to dislike when he won the 2010 Man of Peace Award for his efforts in helping raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. What a guy. 


2. Romania – 1998 

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What could be more wacky than a player dyeing his hair blonde? Well, in Romania’s case, the whole team choosing to follow suit. 

I think their 1998 World Cup squad took the meaning ‘blonde bombshell’ a tad too literally in this instance. Top marks for effort, but all of those marks must be deducted for the abhorrent execution of this hairstyle. Should have gone to Specsavers. 


1. David Beckham 

At number one we have the legendary, the unforgettable, the unmissable…

David Beckham in cornrows. 

Just let that sink in for a second. Beckham, one of the best players we have ever witnessed in the sport, in cornrows. Unfathomable scenes that we will all remember, we will all laugh at but, most importantly, scenes we will never forget. 

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Inter Officials Set to Fly to UK for Talks With Man Utd to Speed Up Romelu Lukaku Transfer

Representatives from Inter are set to fly to the United Kingdom this week to hold talks with Manchester United in an attempt to speed up a deal for striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international has been the subject of heavy interest from the Nerazzurri this summer but so far the Serie A outfit have been unable to stump up Lukaku’s £75m asking price, also failing to sway United into accepting a player-plus-cash deal.

Stalling negotiations has seen​ Juventus join the fray and they have a growing interest in Lukaku this summer, but Sky Sports claim that representatives from Inter will now fly to England to hold talks with Manchester United about the transfer.

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Lukaku is currently away with his teammates in Australia for the start of pre-season and he’s remained largely tight-lipped over his future since the window opened, but it’s known that the 26-year-old is eager for a move to go through sooner rather than later.

He’s been outspoken about his desire to move to Italy during his career, and joining Inter would offer Lukaku the chance to work under Antonio Conte – who tried to sign the Belgian while he was still in charge at Chelsea – next season.

It’s widely understood that Inter first have to sanction Mauro Icardi’s move away from the club before they can consider a cash-only deal for Lukaku, having already spent £55m on new signings ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Although Inter have still been able to recoup £35m through sales this summer, they’re understandably treading carefully around Financial Fair Play regulations to avoid being kicked out of European competitions like city rivals AC Milan.

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Radja Nainggolan ‘Considering’ Offers From Chinese Super League as Inter Move on From Belgian

​Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan has admitted he’s open to a move to the Chinese Super League as his future in Milan looks increasingly bleak.

Inter’s director of Sport Beppe Marotta admitted over the weekend that the Belgian would not be part of the club’s plans for this season, leading to interest in the midfielder from the Chinese Super League.

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Now, according to Sky Sports Italia (via Football Italia), the midfielder is ‘considering’ offers from Shanghai Shenhua and Dalian Yifang, after being ‘stunned’ when learning of Marotta’s announcement.

The midfielder has struggled at ​Inter since his move from Roma last season and was suspended in December for ​disciplinary reasons. That wasn’t the first time Nainggolan has run into trouble with his club, with the Belgian also being suspended at Roma and retiring from his national team following a fallout with manager Roberto Martinez.

With Antonio Conte planning a ​drastic rebuild of the Inter squad, he has made it clear that no player is safe in the team. This has seemingly marked the beginning of the end for Nainggolan’s time in Italy.

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Though the player has been shown the door by Inter, he has seemingly rejected a chance to join Turkish side Galatasaray on a loan deal, opting for a permanent move elsewhere, with the Chinese Super League a likely destination.

Though the midfielder is often found caught up in controversy, he scored some crucial late goals last campaign, ultimately ensuring Inter’s qualification to the ​Champions League for the coming season.

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Italy vs France: Where the 2006 World Cup Winners Are Today

​Ok, it’s time to feel old. 

On this day 13 YEARS AGO Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shootout to win their fourth FIFA World Cup. 

And, yes, that means that on this day 13 YEARS AGO Zinedine Zidane created the first-ever football meme after headbutting Marco Materazzi into the upside down. 

Feel old then, yeah? Don’t worry, I do too. 

So while you (and I) wallow in the acquiescence of time, contemplate mortality, talk about the ‘good old days’ etc. why not find out what all of the 2006 FIFA World Cup winners are up to now? 

Spoiler: one is a convicted criminal. 


Gianluigi Buffon

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​Gianluigi Buffon is still going strong at the age of 41, and looks set to finish his career at Juventus after re-signing for the club this summer. 

​His quest to win the UEFA Champions League goes on, but no matter what happens during the 2019/20 campaign, he’ll be remembered as the greatest goalkeeper of all time. 


Gianluca Zambrotta

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One of the many, many, many players to leave Juventus in the aftermath of Calciopoli, Gianluca Zambrotta was at the peak of his powers at the 2006 World Cup, but these powers then steadily declined during spells at ​Barcelona & ​AC Milan.

Following his retirement in 2012, the Azzurri legend would transition into management – but not that successfully. Spells at FC Chiasso and Delhi Dynamos were followed up by an assistant coach gig with Fabio Capello at Jiangsu Suning in China between June 2017 and March 2018. 

Outside of football, Zambrotta owns a fitness complex in Como called the Eracle Sports Centre, so he’s probably still as fit as ever. 


Fabio Cannavaro

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The best player in the world and captain of the World Cup winners in 2006, it’s fair to say that the year was the best of Fabio Cannavaro’s footballing career. 

Like Zambrotta, Cannavaro abandoned ship when ​Juventus were relegated to Serie B, and like Zambrotta, his powers quickly waned thereafter. Cannavaro would spend a few pretty unremarkable years at Real Madrid before crawling back to Juventus with his tail between his legs in 2009

The Italy legend would call time on his career in 2010 after a brief stint at Al-Ahli Dubai, and then become a manager who exclusively manages teams that can pay him a stupendous amount of money. 

Guangzhou Evergrande, Al Nassr, Tianjin Quanjin; you put a pile of consonants together and give him £12m a year after tax, and Cannavaro will probably manage you. 


Marco Materazzi

Marco Materazzi

More than the FIFA World Cup winners’ medal. More than the World Cup final goal. More than the historic treble at ​Inter. More than anything that he’ll ever do from now until the end of time, Marco Materazzi will be remembered for one thing: 

Being head-butted so hard by Zidane that his chest nearly fell out of his arse. 

Following his recovery from the headbutt heard around the world, Materazzi retired and became the manager of Chennaiyin, who he won the Indian Super League with in 2015. 


Fabio Grosso

Fabio Grosso

The surprise package of the 2006 FIFA World Cup showed why his impressive performances were such a surprise after scoring the winning penalty in the final, during his stints at Inter, Lyon (no I don’t remember this either) and Juventus.

After hanging up his boots, Grosso took up a youth coaching role at Juventus, before becoming the head coach at Bari and then Hellas Verona. His time with the latter was pretty disastrous, as he was acrimoniously sacked by the club following a 3-2 defeat to Livorno. 


Mauro Camoranesi 

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Unlike Cannavaro and Zambrotta, Mauro Camoranesi stood by the Old Lady of Turin in the post-Calciopoli era. 

Camoranesi became a Juve legend in this period, racking up nearly 300 appearances at the club. 

The World Cup winner would then spend three years at Stuttgart and Lanus respectively, and then did what most ex-pros do post-retirement: he became a pundit.  


Gennaro Gattuso

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Gennaro Gattuso is a scary man. 

He screams a lot. He shouts a lot. A knife once broke on his bone during an operation because, well, he’s a wee ripper. 

So it makes sense that a man this scary would become a manager following his retirement. What also makes sense though is that striking the fear of God into players doesn’t necessarily breed success.

Here’s report card of his managerial career:

FC Sion: D

Palermo: E

OFI Crete: F

Pisa: C –

AC Milan: C


Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo was like [insert tedious wine metaphor that you’ve read every single time Pirlo is mentioned in an article]. 

The Regista was one of the very few players that, after the 2006 FIFA World Cup triumph, just got better and better. 

While Cannavaro, Zambrotta et al’s talents waned, Pirlo thrived, enjoying a career renaissance following his free transfer to Juventus in 2011. 

In the final few years of his professional career, Pirlo finally came to be recognised as one of the greatest players of his generation, leading Juve to four consecutive Serie A titles and a UEFA Champions League final. 

Oh, and he also completely mugged off Joe Hart at Euro 2012. Essentially ended his career. 

Following his retirement, Pirlo can be found drinking wine in a vineyard listening to smooth jazz and shooting the breeze about Caravaggio…probably.  


Simone Perrotta

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Yeah, no one is 100% sure how Simone Perrotta managed to find his way into Italy’s starting XI for a FIFA World Cup final. No one ever will be. 

Despite his distinctly average footballing ability, Perrotta – who was born in England (‘OH MY GOD AN ENGLISHMAN WON THE WORLD CUP?! FOOTBALL IS COMING HOME!’…shut up) – is now immortalised by a statue in Tameside.


Francesco Totti

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup triumph was the crowning achievement of Francesco Totti’s career. 

And what an astonishing career it was. 

AS Roma’s all-time record appearance maker. 

AS Roma’s all-time record goalscorer. 

Totti gave everything he could to the club he loved, but sadly, judging by his comments after he left his directorial role at the club, the club were unwilling to do the same: 

“Did someone stab me in the back at Trigoria? Yes. I will never name names, but there are people in there who don’t want me there. These people are hurting Roma, not doing what is best for the club.”

Lousy. 


Luca Toni

Italian forward Luca Toni celebrates aft

Coming off the back of a 31-goal ​Serie A campaign with Fiorentina, Luca Toni’s measly two-goal haul at the World Cup was slightly disappointing; but seeing as he won the whole thing, it’s doubtful that he cares. 

Toni would follow up his World Cup win with a billion goals at a myriad of clubs, even winning the Capocannoniere at the age of a billion while at Hellas Verona. 

Now armed with a coaching licence following his retirement, Luca Toni will likely be teaching people to score billions of goals in the very near future. 


Daniele De Rossi

Frank Ribery,Daniele De Rossi

Like Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi enjoyed an incredible career at AS Roma before it all went tits up this summer. 

The former Italian international is now without a club and is said to be considering retirement. 

Lousy. 


Vincenzo Iaquinta

Italian forward Vincenzo Iaquinta celebr

Where is Vincenzo Iaquinta? Has a pretty simple and wildly surprising: 

Iaquinta has been sentenced to two years in prison for ‘illegally holding firearms’ for the ‘Ndrangheta mafia in the north of Italy. 

Seriously. 

He’s set to be played by Al Pacino in an upcoming movie.*

*Not seriously. 


Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero might be the nicest guy in Italian football history. 

And he definitely, 100%, without a shadow of a doubt, is the greatest footballer in Juventus’ history.

The number ten stayed with Juventus through thick (the million league titles) and thin (Calciopoli) to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer and appearance maker. 

Del Piero would round his career off with a few forgettable stints in India and Australia before becoming a pundit. 


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Mauro Icardi: How the Argentine Striker Blew the Biggest Summer of His Career

Few men can attest to being as available as Mauro Icardi in this summer’s transfer window. Okay, apart from Gareth Bale. The weird thing is, no one seems to be interested in either.

Now, Bale has had his fair – bordering on unfair – share of injuries of late and, when he’s not strapped to the operating table, he’s steadily galloping towards the wrong side of 30. Combine that state of affairs with his purported €650,000,000-a-week contract, and you can see why clubs aren’t forming an orderly queue.

But Icardi? Icardi is 26 and one of the best strikers around. Seriously, back in October, when those last minute Champions League goals were flying in for fun, the guy was being branded the best number nine in the world. Even with all the shenanigans that have ensued since then, he’s still got to be top five in the world. So why does no one want him?


Well, those shenanigans have certainly played a part. Having been embroiled in a number of strange ‘I’ll set my men on you’ spats with Inter’s ultras – no seriously, the sentence ‘I’ll bring 100 criminals from Argentina who will kill them’ appeared in his book – Icardi settled down for a time, leaving his talking for the field. For a time.

Then the talking started up again, only this time it wasn’t the fans he was concerned with, it was the boardroom. And the talks essentially unfolded like the ‘where’s the money’ scene in The Big Lebowski, with Wanda Nara acting as the blonde-haired aggressor and Icardi taking the role of the peripheral rug-pisser. 

Unfortunately, just like the two punks in that Coen Brothers masterpiece, Wanda and Mauro made a mistake. Inter didn’t have the money. I mean, they had more money than ‘the Dude’, but not the kind of money the pesky pair were after, and they weren’t willing to do anything to wrangle it from somewhere, either.

So, he was branded a trouble maker. A contract rebel. And he went from being a €100m-plus signing to an €85m one. And then a €75m player. And then, if rumours are to be believed, he stooped to a ‘cash plus Romelu Lukaku, we’re begging you’ evaluation. Which is about as low as it gets. And STILL, no takers. 

According to 90min’s very own sources, it was the persistent and unpredictable intrusions of Nara that put the Red Devils off.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi,Wanda Nara

Now, despite all that has just been laid out, at first glance, that completely baffled me. To be honest, and I know this is quite the claim, I don’t think I’d ever been more baffled by a piece of transfer rumor-mongering in my life than that Lukaku rejection. Ever.

Because, let’s be honest, almost every single player in the game – especially the good ones, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Robert Lewandowski, Marcelo, hell, Wayne Rooney back in the day – is at a near-constant state of contract bartering and bettering. This is how it works. This is what we’ve signed up for in ‘Modern Football’.

The point is, Icardi’s antics are nothing new.

But, and there is a but, you then consider the circus that Manchester United have been in in recent times, and the stability that they so clearly crave, and the act of thinking twice about signing an antagonistic Argentine doesn’t seem so egregious. 

And then, you realise that Manchester City have Sergio Aguero AND Gabriel Jesus, Liverpool have Roberto Firmino AND Mohamed Salah, Tottenham have Harry Kane AND Heung-min Son, Arsenal have Alexandre Lacazette AND Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea have Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham AND a transfer ban, and the picture becomes clearer; Icardi couldn’t have picked a worse time to chuck his toys out of the pram.

Mauro Icardi

That last one is the most affecting, because if there was one place in England where Icardi’s talents would be most cherished, it would be at Stamford ‘still-grieving-the-loss-of-Diego-Costa’ Bridge. Because, not only are the Blues more than happy to cater to the world’s less looked-up-to strikers, but, as the trials and tribulations of Maurizio Sarri showed, they are the only top-six side who seem averse to the trappings of modern football’s philosophy-bent ways. 

Which is important because, regardless of his inordinate talents, Icardi is an outlier in the modern game. He is not a proficient linkup player and doesn’t really do pressing. He’s a poacher, and a world-class one at that, which is what the Giroud-led Blues have been crying out for, because the World Cup-winning Frenchman, though useful, is at the opposite end of that goalscoring spectrum.

So yes, FIFA notwithstanding, the Blues would surely have happily coughed up the €100m plus required to trigger the 26-year-old’s release clause. But FIFA are not notwithstanding, FIFA are standing firm, and their stance looks set to stick, so this is pure fantasy.

As would a return to Barcelona, considering their inevitable purchase of Antoine Griezmann, with Real Madrid and Atletico similarly tied up in other talents. 


Which leaves Icardi stranded in Italy, after being unceremoniously snubbed from La Albiceleste’s Copa America squad, waiting like a slack rope for one of Napoli and Juventus to win out in their domestic tug of war over his signature. 

And, though the reasons for his snubbing from the rest in this summer transfer window are seemingly plentiful, you can’t help thinking that, old fashioned and unstable or not, those clubs know something the others don’t.

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Napoli Offer Mauro Icardi €7.5m Contract Despite Striker Favouring Juventus Move

Mauro Icardi might be one step closer to ending his Inter nightmare after being offered a €7.5m per year contract plus bonuses by Napoli.

The writing has been on the wall for some time. Icardi had previously damaged his relationship with the Inter ultras back in 2016 after publishing a controversial book, while he was frozen out of the squad and stripped off his captaincy back in February after his wife and agent, Wanda Nara, criticised the Inter players and management on Italian TV.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi,Wanda Nara

Although he was eventually allowed back into the Nerazzurri squad, ​Ic​ardi has effectively been put in the shop window by ​Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta, who stated: “We’re ready to negotiate with anyone who wants to buy Icardi, respecting the value of this player.”

Sky Sport Italia (via ​Football Italia) have reported that ​Napoli have made the first move, offering the Argentinian striker a contract that will eventually reach €10m a year with the bonuses.

Icardi is apparently receptive towards the idea of moving to Stadio San Paolo, but ​Juventus would still be his preferred destination. It’s understood, however, that Napoli would be more likely than Juventus to accept Inter’s asking price of €60m.

If this transfer happens, it would be a massive coup for I Partenopei, who will have one of the best strikers in the world if the Argentinian is able to improve his attitude and maintain a good relationship with his teammates. 

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

Icardi made 37 appearances for the Nerazzurri last season, scoring 17 goals and making five assists. He is also currently Inter’s eighth all-time scorer; his 124 goals just pipping Christian Vieri’s 123. 

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FIFA 20: Every Inter Player’s Predicted Ultimate Team Rating

The 2019/20 season is nearly upon us and with it comes FIFA 20 and a whole host of new Ultimate Team ratings to debate.

Inter have been involved in a huge number of transfer sagas already this summer and their squad could look totally different by the time August rolls around.

With I Nerazzurri already making some important additions to their squad in the form of Diego Godin and Matteo Politano, their FIFA 20 squad will certainly be exciting. 

Here’s how they could be rated when the game is released.


Roberto Gagliardini

Roberto Gagliardini

Position: Defensive Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 78

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 79

An injury hit season for the Italian but he still managed five goals in 19 league games from central midfield.

Has competition for places in his position but has done enough to earn a slight increase in rating.


Andrea Ranocchia

Andrea Ranocchia

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 rating: 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 75

This lad has been around for ages, and still has a contract with Inter until 2021!

However, with Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar, Miranda and Diego Godin all already fighting for the two, possibly three central defensive positions under Antonio Conte, how many games he’ll get next season is hard to tell.

Will probably get a slight decrease.


Daniele Padelli

Daniele Padelli

Position: Goalkeeper

FIFA 19 rating: 74

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 73

Played one game in the cup last season. It turns out Samir Handanovic is a good goalie, so Padelli’s had to make do with bench warming.


Dalbert

Henrique Dalbert,Riccardo Orsolini

Position: Left Back

FIFA 19 rating: 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 75

Featured sporadically throughout the 2018/19 season, with Kwadwo Asamoah starting most games at left back.

A wee decrease is to be expected for the Brazilian.


Antonio Candreva

Antonio Candreva

Position: Right Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 79

Mainly appeared as a substitute last season, scoring once in the league from 18 appearances in total.

Has been floating around the 80 and 81 ratings in the last few years but may drop into the 70s when FIFA 20 is released.


Samir Handanovic

Samir Handanovic

Position: Goalkeeper

FIFA 19 rating: 88

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 89

After playing in every Serie A game last season and only conceding 33 goals, it’s fair to say Handanovic had an impressive season.

Although already rated at 88, a small increase is the least the Slovenian number one deserves.


Kwadwo Asamoah 

Kwadwo Asamoah,Jose Callejon

Position: Left Back

FIFA 19 rating: 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 80

Asamoah had a solid season at San Siro, securing a regular place in the starting XI in his first season with Inter.

He may not have set the Italian league alight but a starting left back at a club the size of Inter should at least be rated in the 80s.


Marcelo Brozovic

Marcelo Brozovic

Position: Defensive Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 82

Brozovic was part of the Croatia team that made it all the way to the World Cup final in 2018 and he carried his great form into the 2018/19 season.

A rating of 80 is far too low for a consistent and important part of Inter’s set-up, so Brozovic’s rating should increase.


Borja Valero

FBL-EUR-C3-INTER-EINTRACHT

Position: Centre Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 78

Valero had a disappointing season and is now firmly in the latter years of his career.

The 34-year-old may only see his ability decline from now on in, leading to largely decreased ratings. 


Stefan de Vrij 

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-AC MILAN-INTER

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 rating: 84

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 84

De Vrij was crucial at the heart of Inter’s defence last season and will be expected to help Inter finish in the top four again in the intense fight for ​Champions League qualification in Italy.

The Dutch centre back remains the same standard that he was at in the previous season.


Danilo D’Ambrosio​

Joaquin Correa,Danilo D'Ambrosio

Position: Right Back

FIFA 19 rating: 76

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 78

Mirroring his left back partner Asamoah, D’Ambrosio had a good season for Inter and deserves recognition for it.

The Italian should also see his position switch to right back from the left hand side that he was previously attributed to.


Joao Mario

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-TORINO-INTER

Position: Centre Midfield​er

FIFA 19 rating: 81

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 81

The ex-West Ham player failed to blow the Premier League away and it seems that the pattern continued with his Serie A performances.

A fairly uneventful season should see his rating stay the same.


Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez

Position: Striker

FIFA 19 rating: 79

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 81

Although he played second fiddle to ​Mauro Icardi for most of the season, Martinez has huge potential and will likely be offered more more opportunities next term with Icardi ​expected to be moved on.

Grabbing six goals in just 13 league starts should see the Argentinian’s rating increase.


Radja Nainggolan

Radja Nainggolan

Position: Centre Midfielder 

FIFA 19 rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 85

Where Nainggolan plays his football next season is still in question, having been told alongside Icardi that he is not wanted at Inter.

Judging on his similar standard of performances in the last couple seasons his rating should remain at 85.


Ivan Perisic

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-INTER-CHIEVO

Position: Left Midfielder/Winger

FIFA 19 rating: 86

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 86

The Croatian star has been previously linked with Premier League clubs, most notably ​Arsenal. He wasn’t the most prolific for Inter last season but was still integral to their efforts that led them to fourth in Serie A.

A case could be argued for his rating decreasing or staying the same.


Miranda

FBL-ITA-TIM-CUP-INTER-LAZIO

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 82

Miranda was kept out of the side by a strong centre back pairing and seems to be past his best.

Much like Valero, age will be the cause of the Brazilian’s decreasing ratings.


Matteo Politano

Matteo Politano

Position: Right Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 82

An impressive loan spell for Politano has led to Inter making the deal permanent for £18m.

A switch from left to right and an increase in his ratings is to be expected.


Diego Godin 

Diego Godin

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 rating: 90

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 90

There is no doubt that Diego Godin is still one of the best centre backs in the world and will be a sensational signing for Inter. With De Vrij and Skriniar both still at the club competition for places will be fierce.

At 30 Godin still has a few years left to play at the top of his game and so his rating remains the same.


Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

Position: Striker

FIFA 19 rating: 87

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 86

Icardi’s 2017/18 campaign was always going to be hard to beat and he struggled to reach the same heights last season as he did a few years ago.

A small decrease to his rating is to be expected but there is no doubt he is still a world class striker.


Milan Skriniar

Milan Skriniar

Position: Centre Back

FIFA 19 rating: 85

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 86

Skriniar formed a formidable centre back pairing with De Vrij and if Inter manage to keep hold of the two defenders they will hope to close the gap to second place ​Napoli.

At only 24, Skriniar is both one for the future and the present and should be rated highly. 


Matias Vecino

FBL-ITA-SERIEA-INTER-CHIEVO

Position: Defensive Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 80

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 80

A relatively unassuming season for Vecino, who got on with his business while not grabbing the limelight.

The 27-year-old is in his prime years and seems to be performing the best he can, keeping his rating the same.


Valentino Lazaro

FBL-GER-BUNDESLIGA-LEIPZIG-BERLIN

Position: Right Midfielder

FIFA 19 rating: 75

Predicted FIFA 20 rating: 77

Having had an impressive season at Hertha BSC, Lazaro joined Inter for a fee of £19.8m.

Lazaro received a mid-season upgrade and this should be continued into FIFA 20.

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50 Most Iconic Football Shirts of All Time

For football fans across the world, a team shirt is not just an item of clothing worn by eleven players during a match, but a symbol of the team itself. ​

Having previously given a run-down of the ​50 worst football shirts at 90min, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at the most iconic shirts to have graced the beautiful game. 

A singular rule applies to this list: a maximum of two shirts per club and one per country.

Let the countdown begin. 


50) Getafe – 2009/10 ​


We kick things off with a kit that is downright hilarious on so many levels. Fast food and football are not exactly synonymous, but Getafe didn’t let that bother them as they chose Burger King as their main shirt sponsor. 


49) Bolton – 2005/06 

Kevin Davies

​This kit may not be one that will be remembered by many, but is certainly worthy of a mention given the success that Bolton, featuring the legendary Jay-Jay Okocha, enjoyed in the 2005/06 season. 

After a sixth place finish the previous season, Sam Allardyce guided his side to the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by Marseille, with a young Franck Ribery scoring the winner. 


48) Rayo Vallecano – 2015/16​

Now this is a shirt that deserves to stand the test of time given the commendable statement Rayo made by including a rainbow strip on their away shirt in an effort to promote and support LGBT rights. 

The diagonal rainbow stripe also fits in really well on a black background. Props to Vallecano.


47) Celtic – 1984/85


Though this season was not as successful in comparison to many others in Celtic’s illustrious history, it is one of the finer club strips to have been made. 

The 100th Scottish Cup Final inscription, which The Bhoys won against Dundee United, is a nice vintage touch too. 


46) Everton – 1984/85

Graham Sharpe and Paul McGrath

This was the golden era for the Toffees as the men from the blue half of Merseyside won the league and European cup double that season. 

What a kit to do it in too! What happened to white socks with hoops? They need to be 

re-instated to modern kits urgently.


45) Romania – 1998 ​


A kit that wouldn’t immediately rack your brain should you see it as a stand-alone shirt, it played a key role in one of football’s most bizarre fashion statements. 

Why on earth the entire Romanian team went for a bleach-blond Britpop look, like they had all simultaneously discovered Oasis for the first time, remains a confusing mystery. 


44) FC Porto – 2003/04

Michel Salgado,Hugo Miguel Pereira Almeida

A kit design that doesn’t get many mentions because all the focus from Porto’s Champions League tends to be on a certain Jose Mourinho, nowadays known as The Sacked After Three Seasons One. 

A beautifully simple number that begs the question: What happened to regular colour schemes on modern football shirts?


43) Spain – 2010 


The fact that Spain’s national anthem doesn’t have any words is unimportant for it was their players who struck fear into the opposition before kick-off. 

A star-studded team featuring the likes of Iniesta, Xavi and Fernando Torres in their prime were no match for anyone else, as they won European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 


42) Mexico – 1994 

Jorge Campos

This one is just a belter all around. Realistically, the goalkeeper kit could be a stand-alone feature here. Jorge Campos’ jersey is the sort of wavy garm that attracts tourists to Camden Town like bees to honey. 


41) Fulham – 2009/10

Clint Dempsey

Fulham beat some seriously good teams in this outfit. 

On their run to the Europa League final, they beat the previous season’s Bundesliga winners Wolfsburg and Juventus. That’s right. *Fulham* beat *Juventus*. Not bad for a team that’s crashed back down to Championship mediocrity a decade later. 


40) Manchester City – 2011/12 

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Se

AGUEROOOOOO. 

A standard sky-blue City kit that became steeped in folklore instantaneously after a wild ending in stoppage time. A historic ​Premier League moment that will never be forgotten. 


39) Juventus – 2014/15 

Claudio Marchisio

Trademark Juve. The stripes of the Bianconeri have been all-conquering in Serie A for the best part of a decade. 

However, if you refer to our ​50 worst football shirts of all time, you will see that it is possible for black and white stripes to somehow go wrong. 


38) Borussia Dortmund – 2011/12 

Kevin Grosskreutz,Thomas Broeker

Dortmund were a fearsome proposition under Jurgen Klopp. The pace of Reus. The finish of Lewandowski. Hummels and Santana provided power and pace at the back. Fearsome. 

Bizarrely enough, the black-dotted scheme under a large but not too invasive EVONIK sponsor meant this shirt was a great sum of individual parts. 


37) Leicester – 2015/16

Wes Morgan

A simple kit but this was far from a simple season. 

It truly was a modern sporting miracle. After scraping Premier League survival the previous season, 5000/1 outsiders Leicester City proved that dreams can come true. An unforgettable fairytale. 


36) Croatia – 1998

Davor Suker

The man, the myth, the legend. Davor Suker.

Arguably one of the most underrated footballers of modern times, Suker won the Golden Boot at France 1998 to lead his country on a memorable run as they knocked out reigning European champions Germany en-route to the semi-finals. 


35) West Ham – 1980

David Cross

This is just pure brilliance from the good old Adidas days. 

Three stripes everywhere to be seen. Nothing overly complex, proving that simple can also mean suave on a football shirt. It is therefore fitting that the Hammers won the 1980 FA Cup in this kit. 


34) Chelsea – 2005/06 

Chelsea's Arjen Robben celebrates after

Here we see the ​recently retired Arjen Robben rocking one of the finer strips to grace Stamford Bridge. 

This is the shirt in which Chelsea secured back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho. The old Umbro logo will be fondly missed. 


33) Leeds – 1995/96 

Tomas Brolin,David Beckham

The LUFC scripture here does it all. Superb innovation. 

The blue ‘Thistle Hotels’ sponsor perfectly complemented Leeds’ classic all-white jersey that deservedly stood the test of time. 


32) Nottingham Forest – 1978/79

Trevor Francis

These were the glory days for Clough and co. at Nottingham Forest. 

As the first player to be bought for £1m, Trevor Francis really must have felt like a million-dollar man in this stunning strip. 


31) Roma – 2007/08 

Francesco Totti

Who else could be featured in this photo other than Mr. Roma himself?

Francesco Totti may have only won one Scudetto at his boyhood club but his unparalleled loyalty is something every modern-day football fan can admire. 


30) Tottenham – 1994/95

Jurgen Klinsmann

The Lilywhites had a cracking selection of kits from 1994.

Their away strip deserved no less than to be worn by one of the greats. That luxury fell to German legend Jurgen Klinsmann after he was signed from Monaco. 


29) Argentina – 1994 

ARGENTINA V BULGARIA

It was a World Cup to forget for Argentina as they were dumped out in the last 16 by Romania.

However, the sight of Gabriel Batistuta in his classic no. 9 shirt is one that will live long in the memory. 


28) Inter – 2009/10

Inter Milan's Argentinian defender and c

This kit begs the question: Whatever happened to Inter’s famous blue and black stripes?

Led by the old war-horse Javier Zanetti, the Nerazzurri achieved an unprecedented treble in 2009/10, the only Italian side ever to do so. 


27) Bayern Munich – 1971-1973

This squad featured club legends Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller at their peak.

Muller’s 40 goals that season, his most in a single campaign as a ​Bayern player, propelled the Bavarians to their second Bundesliga title. 


26) Chelsea – 1984/85 

Kerry Dixon

This stripy blue affair was a dashing item that came at a fitting time after Chelsea were promoted back to the First Division in 1984. 

The old ‘Le Coq Sportif’ logo on the chest of a fresh-faced Kerry Dixon is certainly a sight to behold. 


25) PSG – 1995/96

Carsten Jancker of Vienna falls over Paul Le Guen of Saint-Germain

These were the days before PSG spent more money on transfers than loaded tourists in Gucci on the Champs-Élysées. 

However, Les Rouges et Bleu still found success in this tricolore-like strip, winning the 1996 Cup Winners’ Cup. 


24) Juventus – 1996/97 

Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus (left) is congratualted by teammate Alen Boksic

This shirt advertises Mini Discs. “What are they?!”, I hear the younger readers among you cry. Surely you’ll recognise a certain Alessandro Del Piero though? 

It does not get more 90s than Mini Discs. Lest we forget those tiny hallowed relics. 


23) Cameroon – 1990

Roger Milla

Cameroon and Roger Milla, coming out of retirement aged 38, shocked the world in 1990. 

The Indomitable Lions beat world champions Argentina en route to the quarter-finals, where they narrowly lost to England thanks to two Gary Lineker penalties. 


22) AFC Wimbledon – 1987/88

Laurie Cunningham of Wimbledon

If Carlsberg did football shirts, they’d probably be the coolest in the world. 

This shirt is a fitting symbol for the Crazy Gang who might have been more hectic than the intro to Quantum Jump’s ‘The Lone Ranger’. If you don’t already get that reference, put the song on and you’ll immediately see what I mean. 


21) Manchester United – 2007/08

Wayne Rooney,Cristiano Ronaldo,Michael Carrick

This was potentially Sir Alex Ferguson’s finest time as ​Manchester United boss, as he staved off heavy investment from Chelsea to win three successive Premier League titles and a Champions League. 

This was the Rooney and Ronaldo partnership at its potent peak. The photobomb from 

Park Ji-Sung above gets a ten for effort, too. 


20) Blackburn Rovers – 1994/95

BLACKBURN V SO''TON

The previous generation’s Leicester City story, Blackburn Rovers sent shockwaves across the land when they pipped Manchester United to the title by a point. 

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton formed a scintillating strike-force, scoring 49 goals between them to propel Rovers to Premier League glory. 


19) Newcastle United – 1981/82


If you need a reminder of how much football can impact a city, look no further than Newcastle United’s 1981/82 shirt. 

Featuring the city’s Tyne Bridge landmark inside a star on a kit that has black and white stripes was an audacious move but it certainly looked the part!


18) Arsenal – 1991/92

Gordan Cowans of Aston Villa and Paul Merson of Arsenal

Our next one is certainly the Marmite of football kits. 

Many of you will love it, many of you will hate it, but all of you have an opinion on Arsenal’s 

so-called ‘bruised banana’ away strip that was worn by the Gunners in 1991. 


17) Milan – 2002/03

Fussball: CL 02/03, Ajax Amsterdam - AC Mailand 0:0

A great kit for Milan in 2002/03, which they made the most of by winning the Champions League that year, defeating Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford. 

Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini must surely be regarded as one of the best centre-back pairings of all-time, too. 


16) Tottenham – 1994/95

SPURS V SHEFF WED

As mentioned above, Spurs had a seriously tasty selection of kits for the 1994/95 season.

The shirt almost led ​Tottenham to glory but they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the 

semi-final stage in a humbling 4-1 loss to Everton. 


15) France – 1998 

French player Zinedine Zidane (C), holdi

The World Cup in France 1998 was the Zinedine Zidane show, which he ran, directed and produced from midfield. 

His two headers in the final helped France claim victory against a vaunted Brazil side to win their maiden World Cup on home turf. Zizou truly was unplayable on his day. 


14) Liverpool – 2004-2006

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard holds

Steven Gerrard led ​Liverpool to two of the most unlikely comebacks in their history to win the Champions League and FA Cup in this classic Carlsberg kit. 

His strike in the 2006 FA Cup final to level the score just as five minutes of injury time were announced is one that will be cherished by the Kop forevermore. 


13) Barcelona – 1998-2000

FUSSBALL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 98/99 FC BARCELONA

Rivaldo at his peak in go-fast red and blue stripes is all that’s needed for the inclusion of this kit.

The Brazilian forward’s presence at the Camp Nou for five years made this jersey unforgettable. Unfortunately, he was never quite the same player after an unsuccessful stint at Milan. 


12) The Netherlands – 1988

MANNSCHAFT HOLLAND mit dem EM-POKAL 1988;

The Netherlands made total football a joy to watch on their way to winning Euro 1988. 

Gullit. Van Basten. Rijkaard. Koeman. An eye-catching list of names that lived up to their billing with their on-field performances whilst somehow wearing three different shades of orange. 


11) Napoli – 1986/87 

Fussball: Freundschaftsspiel 1987, HSV - SSC Neapel

So impactful was Diego Maradona at Napoli that his no.10 is now retired at the club. 

Throughout an illustrious career, it is perhaps his spell in Naples that will evoke the most lucid memories, as the Argentine legend scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for the club. 


10) Nigeria – 2018 

FBL-WC2018-NGR-FEATURE

Our top ten kicks off with a kit that would be described as an instant post-modern classic were it a Waterstones book review. 

Taking inspiration from past designs, this electric green Nigeria shirt from last year’s World Cup was, understandably, an instant hit with football fans across the globe. 


9) West Germany – 1990

DEU: World Cup Final 1990 - Argentina v Germany

This one won’t be popular with England fans but, whatever your allegiance, you have to tip your hat to the Warhol-esque design of this kit. It’s shimmering, smart and snazzy but most of all, it is a statement. 

The goalkeeper kit is worth a mention too, bearing a close resemblance to the kaleidoscope effect on Photo Booth that makes you feel like you’re in an alternate reality. 


8) Real Madrid – 2001-2003 

Zinedine Zidane,Raymond Coppa,Alfredo Di Estefano,Ronaldo,Luis Figo

The Galactico era. Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo in the same team? Almost unsportsmanlike. 

Importantly, Zidane made the most of the excellent players around him with one of the greatest strikes of the 21st century so far, to secure ​Los Blancos’ ninth European Cup at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen. 


7) Barcelona – 2004-2006 

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho

The Galacticos give way to the sexy samba magic of Ronaldinho. This man made David Seaman, one of England’s greatest ever goalkeepers, look like a sub-par Sunday League player with a game-altering free-kick at the World Cup in 2002.  

The ​Blaugrana won back-to-back league titles and the 2005/06 Champions League, meaning this shirt will always be associated with Ronaldinho’s sumptuously skillful talent. 


6) Liverpool – 1987/88

Steve Chettle of Nottingham Forest and  John Barnes of Liverpool

*You can’t go slow or fast but do it at the right time*. Here is the legendary John Barnes putting his lyrics into action in an even more legendary kit that was one of football’s most recognisable partnerships. 

With Crown Paints as their sponsor between 1982 and 1988, Liverpool dominated the English game, winning four league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup. 


5) Arsenal – 2002-2004 

Arsenal's L to R Lauren , Jose Antonio R

Records were broken and history was made. So impressive was this ​Arsenal side that such heights may never be reached again in the Premier League. After all, the last team to go a season unbeaten before the Gunners in 2004 were Preston North End, in 1889. 

When Thierry Henry pulled his trademark Nike gloves on, with long sleeves to boot, you knew the game was over if he was in the mood. 


4) Manchester United – 1993-1995 

Apart from the fact that this shirt featured in one of the most ugly moments ever to have graced English football, when Eric Cantona launched a kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons, who hurled abuse at the Frenchman after he was sent off for a reckless tackle.

The incident aside, it was a wonderful strip that Manchester United fans will have fond memories of, as the Red Devils won the double in 1993/94. 


3) Brazil – 1970 

Two legends of football celebrating a World Cup win in a plain, yet impactful kit. The kit made such an impression, for it was worn by a team that Pele himself has labelled as the greatest team of all time. 

It is difficult to contest that statement, the team containing an unrivalled attacking quartet of Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivellino. 


2) Italy – 1990

WORLD CUP-1990-ITA-ARG

The 1990 World Cup was widely criticised for the negative defensive mindset that many teams employed which led to an average of only two goals per game, yet it is a tournament that many will still vividly remember. 

However, the Italians inspired a generation with their fast, flowing and flamboyant attacking play. The Azzurri’s success on home turf led to an unseen level of interest in the Italian game for the next decade. 


1) England – 1966 

Ray Wilson,Jack Charlton,Bobby Charlton

Could it really have been anything else to top the list? 

In a list of iconic kits that showcase and complement equally iconic moments, it is only fair that England’s World Cup triumph of 1966 takes the coveted number one spot.

Now more than 50 years of hurt for English fans, which would have been 12 months of joy you wouldn’t have been able to avoid. If only ​Harry Kane had scored a sitter at 1-0. What could have been…

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Valentino Lazaro’s Agent Reveals Why the Austrian Winger Chose to Join Inter

Valentino Lazaro’s agent has revealed that playing for Antonio Conte and competing in the Champions League are two of the main reasons he joined the Serie A club.

There were a number of teams interested in the right-wing-back, but Inter won the race to sign to sign the Austrian international, who impressed during his two seasons at Hertha Berlin.

Lazaro’s agent, Max Hagmayr, spoke of the player’s excitement ahead of the new season in an interview with FCInterNews.it (via SempreInter), saying: Inter are one of the most important clubs in the world.


“You can tell they’re looking to improve. They’ve appointed a top manager and are highly ambitious. Their project is serious and the fans are excellent too.” 

He added that Conte’s favoured 3-5-2 system is “absolutely perfect” for the way Lazaro plays, and his decision to join the Nerazzurri was made after he spoke to their new head coach.

“Lazaro wanted Inter and one of the reasons was because Conte is the best motivator in football,” he said.

Antonio Conte

​After an impressive spell in the Bundesliga Lazaro became a prime target for ​Inter, who have recently added Diego Godin and Stafano Sensi to their ranks ahead of Conte’s first season in charge.

The Milanese giants haven’t lifted a trophy since 2011 and after appointing the former ​Juventus and ​Chelsea manager they will be hoping to end that drought. They’ve been linked with a number of high profile players this summer as they look to challenge for silverware.

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