Want to browse some retro Barcelona shirts? Read on…
Team: Futbol Club Barcelona
Team Colours: Blue and Red
Year Founded: 1899
Stadium: Camp Nou
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Some of the all time greats have graced the famous blue and red of Barcelona – Cruyff, Maradona, Laudrup, Stoichkov, Ronaldinho and of course Messi. Take a look at the retro Barcelona shirts you can get to emulate your heroes:
There is something almost mythical about Barcelona for me – the players, the huge crowds, their European dominance and the classic red and blue kit which is timeless. I associate them with attacking, expansive football and some of the world’s best players – Messi, Maradona, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cruyff, etc, etc. Steve
Favourite player: Lionel Messi – so many players to choose from, but Messi is phenomenal.
Favourite kit: The 1984-89 home kit – again so many to choose from and everyone one of them looks great, this just pips it! Available from Classic Football Shirts (see below for link)
Classic Football Shirts set themselves apart from many other companies by the fact that their shirts are all original shirts from the dates listed, not reproductions trying to replicate a classic shirt. All shirts come with condition details – ie whether they are in Mint Condition, As New, etc, etc. The prices are slightly higher but you are really getting a piece of history.
They have over 500 classic Barcelona shirts and pieces of kit from 1984 to the present day. These include the 1984-89 home shirt. This vintage shirt was worn when Terry Venables was manager and he guided Barcelona to their only La Liga title of the 80s.
Venables was sacked at the start of the 1987-88 season and replaced by Luis Aragones, but his tenure was a short one as in 1988 Barcelona legend Johann Cruyff returned to manage the side.
You can also get the eye catching and ultra rare 1988-91 third shirt (above).
This light blue shirt was worn in both the 1989 European Cup Winners Cup Final victory over Sampdoria and also the 1991 defeat to Manchester United in Rotterdam.
It was during this period that several players started to graduate from the clubs La Masia youth programme which had been founded ten years previously. One of the first being future manager Pep Guardiola.
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Vintage Football Shirts also offer original shirts rather than reproductions with each shirt marked for its condition – from BNIB (brand new in bag) to Excellent (may have tiny defect, may not be noticeable).
With over 200 Barcelona shirts ranging from 1989 to the present day there is a huge selection to choose from. They include the 1992-95 home shirt.
This shirt was worn when Barcelona won back to back La Liga titles in the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, and were knocked out in the semi finals of the 1992-93 Copa del Rey, losing 3-2 on aggregate against Real Madrid. It was also worn when Barcelona made it to the final of the 1993-94 Champions League, losing 4-0 against AC Milan.
It was during this period that Johan Cruyff became the club’s most successful manager at that point in their history (his trophy haul would later be surpassed by Pepe Guardiola).
Another gem you can pick up is the 1999-2000 centenary home shirt (above). This shirt features 1899-1999 embroidered across the jersey and is much sought after as it celebrates this famous club’s centenary year.
The season saw Barcelona being knocked out at the semi-final stage of the Champions League and finishing runners-up in La Liga.
The remarkable thing about this was guess who won the league that season? Real Madrid? Nope (they finished 5th). Atletico Madrid? Nope – they were actually relegated! Valencia? Nope, they came third. The title that season was won by Deportivo La Coruna, becoming the second smallest Spanish city ever to have won the competition.
It is hard to believe Barcelona didn’t win their first European Cup until 1992 – relieve the action from that day.
Amazon have a large selection of retro Barcelona shirts including the 1979 home shirt. This classic shirt was worn the season Barca won their first European Cup Winners’ Cup beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-3 in a thrilling final.
It was also a vital season for the club for another reason – it was this season that President Josep Lluis Nunez began significantly investing in the club’s youth programme La Masia. It became a dormitory so young players from abroad could live there.
You can also get the 1982 away shirt (above). This was the season Barca signed Diego Maradona for a world record fee of £5million from Boca Juniors. The club won the Cup Winners Cup’ again but finished fourth in the league behind both Madrid teams and the league winners Athletic Bilbao.
The Kitbag range of Barcelona shirts is also extensive – with more than 150 shirts and other pieces of kit available. They have five classic retro shirts.
You can pick up the 1974 home shirt (above). This shirt was worn during the season that saw the arrival of club legend Johan Cruyff, who commanded a world record fee of £920,000 when he was signed from Ajax.
Cruyff’s presence helped the club win La Liga for the first time since 1960 – with the season including a 5-0 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. That same year Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or for the third time, becoming the first player to do so.
You can also get the 1992 away shirt. Worn by such luminaries as Koeman, Stoichkov, Laudrup and Nadal.
Managed by Johan Cruyff, Barca lifted the first European Cup in the club’s history when they defeated Sampdoria 1-0 in May 1992 thanks to a Ronald Koeman free-kick. This was one of Koeman’s 88 goals for the club and his goal tally per season was 19, 12, 17, 11, 19 and 10 – not bad for a defender!
TOFFS (which stands for The Old Fashioned Football Shirt) specialise in handcrafted, vintage football shirts made to the highest quality in the North of England – with each shirt as close to the real thing as possible.
TOFFS have five lovely retro Barcelona shirts. You can get a 1950s home shirt. This decade was a successful one for the club with them winning the league and cup double three times.
Laszlo Kubala played an important role in these triumphs. Signing in 1950 he scored 131 goals in 186 games over a decade and a statue of him has since been built outside the Nou Camp.
You can also get an eye catching 1970s away shirt (above) – a yellow shirt with a red and blue diagonal shirt running down from the shoulder.
The decade proved to be a time when Barcelona emerged from the shadow of their fierce rivals Real Madrid, winning league and cups galore and also their first European Cup Winners’ Cup.
So there you have it. If, like me, you are a lover of football and all things retro there are a huge selection of classic Barcelona shirts you can pick up to revel in the nostalgia of days gone by!