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Jerseys are the figurehead of every club. Player uniform, advertising space, distinguishing feature. The ultimate identification tool for fans. Worldwide. Even before the scarf. However, optical derailments crept in again and again in the long history of the sports jersey, which mostly caused horror in the own appendix and most of all enthusiasm among jersey collectors. What were the 5 ugliest jerseys ever? I have delisted them for you.

VfL Bochum – 1997/98

The 90s stood for bright colors, for the Berlin Love Parade and for colorful advertising. The Bochum-based company “Faber Lotto Service” not only had rainbow colors in the company logo, the main sponsor of the VfL – then as now known as footballing “gray mouse” – took half of the jersey with its colorful paint, after all Faber was also an outfitter and so the company brand was on the collar too, no joke! You couldn’t get more marketing. The hideously colorful jersey in which Bochum even played in the UEFA Cup has become an absolute cult. Which doesn’t change its ugliness.

Mexico’s Jorge Campos goalkeeper jerseys in the 90s

If the word “Love Parade” already came up, then this also applies to the look of the crazy man from Acapulco. But something like that. Jorge Campos had the privilege of being able to design his goalkeeper jerseys himself: always too big and always with the most violent color combinations. At the 1994 World Cup in the USA, Campos appeared in a pink, poison green and light yellow dress in a zigzag pattern. ¡Dios mío!

CD Pinzón – 2016/17

Somewhere in the desert of Andalusia, the creativity in jersey design is taking on obscure forms. The current sixth division attracted attention by designing jerseys in strawberry (home) and blueberry (away) designs. The connection to the fruit is quickly established, after all, the corner south of Seville is very much influenced by agriculture – and that is where strawberries and blueberries are grown.

CD Palencia – 2016/17

Spanish amateur teams and their soft spot for extravagant jerseys. In Palencia, a small town in the Castile and León region, they also joined this illustrious selection and presented the meat jersey. “Not serious,” do you think? But! The players ran up in this incredibly ugly shirt that depicted skinned muscle packs. The matching club motto at the time: “We give you our skin for the ascent.”

Lokomotive Moscow 2008/2009

Attention, if you see the jersey in Google image search, there is an acute urge to vomit! The current Russian champion Loko Moscow created a monster in the history of jerseys eleven years ago: a blend of mint green and fire brigade red. It is a miracle that none of Loko’s season ticket holders went blind at the time.