Will Bochum's Stefan Kuntz come out bottom in the kit stakes? - © © imago / Contrast
Will Bochum's Stefan Kuntz come out bottom in the kit stakes? - © © imago / Contrast

The 10 worst Bundesliga kits of all time!

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...

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

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.)

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

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?

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

8)Cologne, 1996/97

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

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

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.

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

6)Schalke, 1992/93

How hard can it be to mess up royal blue?

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

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".

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

4)Bayern Munich, 1995/96

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

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

3)Eintracht Frankfurt, 1993/94

This is a sensationally bad away kit from the Eagles.

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

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.

Stefan Kuntz models Bochum's garish kit. - © imago / Contrast

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.

Maurizio Gaudino almost blinded the opposition with this pass and move, so some have said. - © imago / Uwe Kraft

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Gaudino in action again. No wonder the midfielder left that summer. - © imago / Pressefoto Baumann