The top 5 international football shirts

For football fans just the glimpse of a national team shirt conjures up all kinds of images and associations. In these cases international football shirts truly are representative of their nations.  Grab your own replica versions of these 5 favourites in the high street stores, or retro jerseys at ebay (www.ebay.co uk) or the Old-Fashioned Football Shirt Company (www.toffs.com)

1. The canary yellow of Brazil immediately summons up images of the timeless genius of Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho, not to mention those arresting blonde female fans of Brazil who always prove endlessly fascinating to cameramen at every World Cup.

2. The pale blue of Argentina's iconic stripes sound even better in the Spanish word albiceleste. Older fans will remember the stripes and outlandish hairstyles of the 1978 world champions, but the shirt attained its global status in 1986, clinging to the stocky torso of a certain Diego Armando Maradona.

3. The orange shirts of the Holland side of the 1970s, suited their style of play, bright, original and like nothing we'd ever seen on a football field before. Now it is the uniform of the hordes of Dutch fans following the oranje. Sadly it was a little tarnished by Holland's unedifying performance in the 2010 World Cup final, but we still have memories of  '74 and '78 to cherish.

4. Simple, stylish, unforgettable. The plain medium blue of Italy's azzurri doesn't need any messing around or updating. It's a style classic, perhaps at its best in its v-necked version in 1982, as modelled by Marco Tardelli in that spectacular World Cup final goal celebration.

5. One from Africa, the cool green of Cameroon's Indomitable Lions. It's ideal attire for performing a celebratory shimmy with a corner flag, as popularized by Roger Milla in the 1990 World Cup. It was the moment when instant recognition of international football shirts branched out to a new continent.

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