THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Notable kits of yesteryear

Valencia77-8326 September ~ The launch of Barcelona's away kit for this season, featuring the colours of the Senyera flag, is a reminder of classic kit that also used the pattern. Valencia CF were pioneers in the use of this emblem – associated with Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon and the Balearic Islands – in a football kit. It was the more than 30 years ago, from 1977-83, and in their case it included some blue details in the collar and shorts, respecting the city's version of the flag. Sponsors didn't feature on club shirts back then, so the Valencia badge is the only element breaking the yellow and red stripes.

This kit has come to symbolise a glorious era in Valencia, and it's widely remembered for being worn by the Argentinian World Cup winner Mario Kempes, who scored more than 100 goals in his six seasons with the club. The Matador, as he was called, was in the team who won the European Cup-Winners Cup and the Super Cup in 1980 against Arsenal and Nottingham Forest.



More modern versions have been produced since then by Valencia, but it wasn't until 2011 that the club created a faithful replica which was really popular with the fans, even if the team rarely wears it on the pitch nowadays. Neighbours Levante, as well as Barcelona, have created their own versions of the Senyera shirt recently. Antonio Mateo

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