The latest updated edition of the English magazine Four Four Two Among its main articles was the creation of a ranking with the 100 best shields in football history. There are insignia from all continents and even some that have fallen into disuse since the teams themselves have modified them. For their selection, the use of colors, shapes, objects and even animals that appear in them was taken into account.
“From minimal badges that capture your intrigue to over-the-top coats of arms that really shouldn’t work, we’ve listed our 100 favorite crests to adorn club football kits. We have included some of your favorite discontinued badges, super modern logos and badges from around the world,” published the prestigious British site.
The first to appear on the list is 1860 Munich, “one of the founding fathers of the Bundesliga and a dominant force in the early days of Germany’s top flight.” The team currently plays in the third division of their country, but its “simple and classy” logo, composed of a two-tailed feline that commands respect the moment it is sighted and that “would not look out of place on a bottle of beer or in an old car.”
Next to appear is the Aberdeen of Scotland for its originality in using the letter A. On the shield, this simulates an arch seen from the side with a ball inside: “Great font, magnificent shade of red and a complete classic.”
The podium is completed by AC Milan, a club that was born for cricket and was founded by the English, hence the oval shape and the cross of Saint George. This significance of details and shapes allows the roots of the institution to be appreciated by anyone who sees the insignia, which is why the Italian set is among the most original.
Among the first five that appear is the Ajax, who “also has a pretty fancy badge that matches his beliefs. The knight who appears on the crest of the Dutch giants is Ajax, a Greek hero and legendary warrior in the Iliad of Homer. It is drawn using only 11 lines, the number of players on a soccer team,” and the Al Ahly of Cairo, whose emblem features a black eagle, many stars and the phrase “the club of the century”: “They think a lot about their club and it is a big, bold design that attracts attention.”
Although Europe is the continent that predominates on the list and England is the country with the most shields, there are 10 representatives from South America. And the one that appears first in this last item is Boca Juniors with the version used since 1996: “It is perhaps the coolest of all. A blue and gold shield, sprinkled with stars and marked with that American college-style CABJ. It is a badge worthy of associating with the great Diego (Maradona)”.
Of the Argentina also stands out Newell’s Old Boys, although the Rosario club had help as those who chose it admitted: “There is something in its simplicity that we love. Black and red with white font, letters and nothing else. Perhaps, deep down, it is the knowledge that both Maradona and Messi played for the Argentine club, which makes this badge so attractive.” Another is River Plate, who they praise for being one of the pioneers of the crossed band that hardly shines in football: “It also features stylized letters of its acronym in a tight shield design. Few shields on the football planet are so well known and respected.”
The other Argentine that appears is San Lorenzo: “Pope Francis is a die-hard fan and his stadium is incredible. However, that’s not all that makes them great – we love that shield with a passion. He’s checking a lot of boxes: crest, stripes, elegant typography and elegant colors. Very nice!” says the magazine.
For its part, Brazil has four representatives, Chapecoense, Fluminense, Palmeiras and Vasco Da Gama. Additionally, the Chilean stands out Colo Colo and the Red Star of Venezuela.
SOME OF THE SHIELDS PRAISED
The list with the 20 best soccer shields in the world and the four Argentines among the top 100:
1- 1860 Munich
3- AC Milan
5- Al Ahly
6- Arsenal (the one he used between 1936 and 1949)
7- AS Bari (the one he used between 2011 and 2013)
8- AS Roma
11- Atlético de Madrid
14- Bayer Munich
17- Blackburn Rovers
18- Boca Juniors
20- Bolton Wanderers
63- Newell’s Old Boys
81- River Plate
84- San Lorenzo