Stay classy? Well that’s Atlético Madrid all over. Although Atléti lack the original “Real” or Royal approval of their noisy neighbours at the Bernabéu, theirs is the strip with the true regal quality, here modelled by Spanish mega hero David Villa. Believe it or not, Atléti’s red striped shirts are as a result of a trip to England in 1911, by a club representative who picked up some Southampton FC shirts. Atléti originally played in blue & white stripes and blue shorts. They kept the latter and from 1911 forward, played in this, one of the most iconic strips in La Liga history. Their kit earned them the name Los Colcheneros – ‘the Mattressmakers’ as at the time Spanish mattresses were also red & white striped. We don’t care what Spanish beds look like but we do love this kit.
2. REAL VALLODOLID – Home Shirt (2013/14)
A history of moving up and down the league system, generally hovering in the land of the mid-table while wearing beautiful stripes. Sound familiar? Real Valladolid ARE the purple West Bromwich Albion and we like them. Nicknamed the “Pucela,” although no-one knows what this name really means – Real Valladolid finished 14th in La Liga last year. What will 2013/14 hold in store? The Pucela rely heavily on striker Javi Guerra, their talented Number 9, who has scored 60 goals for the club and is now the subject of heavy transfer speculation. We and Prince both love that RV play in purple, what stunning shirts and don’t get me onto their crest….
Real Valladolid playing in the 2011/2012 kit pictured with their unusual caped mascot.Nice boots..
Javi Guerra (right) by Carla Delgado Arenas
3. MALAGA – Home Kit 2013/14
I know what you are going to say, “its just Argentina” but it isn’t, it’s MALAGA, its Raymondo Winstone in Sexy Beast and it’s hot. Who doesn’t have fine memories of the Costa del Sol and the South of Spain? “Los Boquerones” (the anchovies) are the kings of simple kit design and have been wearing the pale blue & white stripes since 1941.
Malaga have roots that stretch back to 1904 and were originally formed as a team to play against the crews of ships that docked in the city’s port. A tumultuous history has followed and the modern club were created from a merger between two rival clubs in early post Civil War era Spain. Malaga had a great 2012/13 La Liga season and ended up sixth (but that was when they had Manuel Pellegrini….) We wish them well in 13/14, though there may be tough times ahead for our favourite Spanish fish….Below a pic of this season’s kit in a shop window in Puerto Banus. It got me with Hola..