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Real-life work has prevented us from doing this as quickly as we’d like, but better late than never, here is the first tranche of our ode to the kits of the 1990-91 Serie A season, featuring AC Milan, Atalanta and Bologna.

Milan went into the season as back-to-back European champions and would win five of six from 1991-92 to 1995-96 inclusive, but here they finished second, five points behind maiden champions Sampdoria. Kappa had been replaced as suppliers by adidas, but the kit was pretty much unchanged, with the three stripes nowhere to be seen. In addition, the trefoil logo was more squat than its usual dimensions.

White away kits were common in Italy and for Milan they hold a special cachet, being worn in so many European Cup final wins. The European Cup featured on the left breast, below the star awarded to sides when they reach ten league wins.

Atalanta were one of three teams in Serie A that season with black and blue stripes. They had Ennerre kits, the home plain and uncomplicated while the away might have been of interest to adidas’s lawyers, taking its design cues from the best shirt of all-time (albeit flipped).

Bari were also in adidas, in a style used by the French and Polish national teams but not seen on any British teams’ kits. The home has been dubbed the ‘McLaren-Honda kit’ by an Italian site, while the away was a straight reversal.

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