By Neil Sherwin
Juventus celebrate winning the 1995-96 Champions League final vs Ajax
In the early to mid-90s I wasn’t fortunate enough to be subscribed to the new wave of football hysteria that was Sky Sports so my Sunday afternoon football fix came via the ever-exciting ‘Football Italia’ on Channel 4. A combination of the live action and James Richardson’s preceding Saturday morning round-up/preview show meant I had, in football terms, slightly broader horizons than my school mates.
It wasn’t just the football that was interesting; it was the shirts as well. Sampdoria, Roma, Genoa, Parma… it seemed that all the clubs in Serie A were competing for the ‘Best Dressed’ award.
That generation of kit designers spawned some absolute classics but for me the lure of the black and white of Juventus was too hard to resist. A combination of Alessandro Del Piero and the fine tailoring of Kappa couldn’t be beaten, and the obsession only escalated further when Zinedine Zidane rose to prominence in the same colours.
The 1995-97 Juve home shirt with the black square on the back was perfect for a number 10 or 21; however my favourite of the Juve shirts isn’t one of their