Everyone loves a bad kit. In fact, it's a curious twist of fate that these fashion fails are often better remembered than countless lovely strips produced down the years. These awful numbers tend to take on a life of their own and go into folklore - for better or worse.

In the what-might-one-day-be-regarded-as-a-classic-on-Instagram spirit, bundesliga.com takes a look at some of the Bundesliga's worst kits through time...

10) Bayern Munich, 2001/02

Is this a bin bag? It doesn't even have the club's badge on it. Not a good look at all. (Okay, we'll come clean: this was a one-off occurrence. Because Bayern's away kit was so similar to Cologne's home kit on this occasion, as you can see underneath the Bavarian giants were forced to wear a white throw over the shirt. Bayern won 2-0, so they obviously weren't too perturbed.)

Thorsten Fink (r.) models Bayern's dreadful kit in 2001.
Thorsten Fink (r.) models Bayern's dreadful kit in 2001. © imago / Ulmer

9) Greuther Fürth, 2013/14

What looks like a run-of-the-mill garish orange third strip is actually, on closer inspection, made significantly worse by pale black dots running up and down. Why?

Fürth finished third in the second tier and missed out on promotion in the play-off against Hamburg that season.
Fürth finished third in the second tier and missed out on promotion in the play-off against Hamburg that season. © imago / Revierfoto

8) Cologne, 1996/97

Toni Polster might look relaxed, but our eyes hurt. This is a bad colour combination.

Toni Polster in a fetching blue and yellow combination.
Toni Polster in a fetching blue and yellow combination. © imago / kicker/Liedel

7) Mainz, January 2016

Brought out in honour of Fastnacht, a jesters' ceremony (see the club badge) that initiates carnival season in southern Germany, Mainz wore this one - on Matchday 19 of the 2015/16 season in a 1-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Muto models Mainz's jester-inspired carnival shirt.
Muto models Mainz's jester-inspired carnival shirt. © imago / Jan Huebner

6) Schalke, 1992/93

How hard can it be to mess up royal blue?

You might have been better to have covered your shirts instead, chaps.
You might have been better to have covered your shirts instead, chaps. © imago / Oliver Hardt

5) Cologne, January 2016

Following a 3-1 defeat on home turf to Stuttgart, this shirt failed to live long in the memory of Cologne fans. If you're wondering why everything is upside down, it's because the theme of that year's carnival was "Mer stelle alles op der Kopp," or "We'll turn everything on its head".

It's no wonder the Cologne players look slightly quizzical here.
It's no wonder the Cologne players look slightly quizzical here. © imago / Herbert Bucco

4) Bayern Munich, 1995/96

Alexander Zickler models Bayern's 1995/96 away kit.

Looks like they nicked their colour combination from Norwich City.
Looks like they nicked their colour combination from Norwich City. © imago / Uwe Kraft

3) Eintracht Frankfurt, 1993/94

This is a sensationally bad away kit from the Eagles.

Frankfurt's summer signings pose in their new away shirt prior to the 1993/94 season. Many must have wondered why they had joined.
Frankfurt's summer signings pose in their new away shirt prior to the 1993/94 season. Many must have wondered why they had joined. © imago / Alfred Harder

2) 1860 Munich, September 2015

An Oktoberfest-inspired shirt, this kit becomes even stranger when you notice that it has "think blue" written on the front. One to live long in the memory for the wrong reasons.

Who in the marketing department signed this off as a good idea?
Who in the marketing department signed this off as a good idea? © imago / MIS

1) Bochum, 1998/99

In all their glory, here are Bochum's three kits from the 1998/99 season. Not content with one garish rainbow on their shoulders, the Ruhr district club went for it on all three kits. Points for consistency, we suppose.

Stefan Kuntz models Bochum's garish kit.
Stefan Kuntz models Bochum's garish kit. © imago / Contrast
Maurizio Gaudino almost blinded the opposition with this pass and move, so some have said.
Maurizio Gaudino almost blinded the opposition with this pass and move, so some have said. © imago / Uwe Kraft
Gaudino in action again. No wonder the midfielder left that summer.
Gaudino in action again. No wonder the midfielder left that summer. © imago / Pressefoto Baumann

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