Football kits are as important as they come, and it is not surprising that a lot of attention to detail is paid during their production.
Football teams that play in white
Fans are always eager at the beginning of every campaign to see what their teams will be wearing for the season, and some of the biggest clubs and national sides in the world are part of the teams that play in white kits.
- Bolton Wanderers rock a white shirt, dark blue shorts and white socks, with white, blue and red lines donning the round neck and sleeves.
- Derby County and Fulham both wear white shirts and black shorts, while Leeds United wear a white shirt, white shorts and white socks.
- Swansea City are also fully kitted in white, with black, red and white lines on the neck and sleeves.
- Tottenham Hotspur play in a white shirt and dark blue shorts at home.
- Beşiktaş wear a white top and black shorts, Lyon play in full white kits, with a single red/blue vertical stripe in the middle of their shirt.
- Marseille also wear full white kits, with sky blue lines on the neck, sleeves and socks.
- Real Madrid play in an all-white kit, with purple lines on the arms of their shirt and on the sides of their socks.
- Sevilla wear a white top, white shorts and black socks, with some red designs sprinkled all around, while Valencia play in a white shirt and black shorts.
- At international level, some big sides are part of the teams that play in white jerseys.
Football clubs with white kits
Beşiktaş were founded in 1903 and have won 35 major trophies.
The Istanbul-based outfit have worn white kits since they were founded and are one of the three most successful sports clubs in Turkey.
Often called Kara Kartallar (Black Eagles) and Siyah Beyazlılar (Black and Whites), Besiktas have never been relegated and have won 16 Turkish Super Lig titles, 10 Turkish Cups and nine Turkish Super Cups.
English football clubs that play in white
Bolton Wanderers were founded in 1874 as Christ Church F.C and have won five major trophies.
They have worn white kits since 1884 and were renamed Bolton Wanderers in 1877.
They are also called the Trotters, the Wanderers and the Whites and have won four FA Cup titles and one FA Charity Shield.
Derby County were founded in 1884 and have won four trophies.
They have worn white kits since the 1890s and are sometimes referred to as the Rams.
Derby have two league titles, an FA Cup and one Community Shield to their name.
Fulham were founded in 1879 as St Andrews Cricket and Football Club and are still in search of a first major trophy.
They have worn white kits since 1903 and are London’s oldest football club.
Fulham are also called the Cottagers, the Whites or the Lily Whites.
Leeds United were founded in 1919 and have won nine major trophies.
They have worn white kits since 1961 and are often referred to as the Whites or the Peacocks.
Leeds have won three titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two Charity/Community Shields and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.
Tottenham Hotspur were founded in 1882 and have won 26 trophies.
The North London outfit have worn white kits since 1898 and are often referred to as Spurs or the Lilywhites.
They have two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven Community Shields and two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles.
European teams that play in white kits
Lyon (Olympique Lyonnais) were founded in 1899 and have won 21 trophies.
The French giants have worn white kits since they were founded and are often called Les Gones (The Kids).
Lyon have seven Ligue 1 titles – doing so on the bounce between 2002 and 2008 – eight Trophées des Champions (French Super Cup), five Coupes de France (French Cup) and one Coupe de la Ligue (League Cup).
Marseille (Olympique de Marseille) were founded in 1899 and have won 26 trophies.
They have worn white kits since inception, starting out with white shirts and shorts with blue socks before going all white in 1986.
Marseille boast nine Ligue 1 titles, 10 Coupes de France, three Coupes de la Ligue, three Trophée des Champions and a Champions League.
They are often dubbed Les Phocéens (The Phocaeans) or Les Olympiens (The Olympians)
Real Madrid were founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club and have won 92 trophies.
The Spanish giants have worn white kits since inception and were renamed in 1920.
Often called Los Blancos (The Whites), Los Merengues (The Meringues), Los Vikingos (The Vikings) or La Casa Blanca (The White House), Madrid have won most La Liga titles (35) and most Champions League titles (14).
They have 19 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cups), 12 Supercopa de España (Spanish Super Cups), five UEFA Super Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups.
Sevilla were founded in 1890 and have won 14 trophies.
They have worn white kits since they were founded and are often called Rojiblancos (red and white).
The Andalusians have won a La Liga title, five Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España, six UEFA Europa League titles and one UEFA Super Cup.
Swansea City were founded in 1912 and have won just one major trophy.
The Welsh team have worn white kits since inception and are nicknamed the Swans or the Jacks.
Swansea won the English League Cup in 2012-13, and also boast of 12 Welsh Football League titles and 10 Welsh Cups.
Valencia were founded in 1919 and have won 21 trophies.
They have worn white kits since inception and are often called Los che (the mates).
Valencia boast six La Liga titles, eight Copa del Rey, one Supercopa de España, two European Super Cup/UEFA Super Cups, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, one UEFA Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup.
National teams that play in white kits
The England national football team were founded in 1870 and have won a major trophy.
The Three Lions have worn white kits since inception and are the oldest national team in football.
England’s only trophy is the World Cup from 1966, and they are the only team to have won the World Cup at senior level, but not their major continental title.
The Germany national football team were founded in 1901 and have won nine trophies.
They have always worn white kits and are sometimes called Nationalelf (National Eleven), DFB-Team, DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven) or Die Mannschaft (The Team).
Germany have won four World Cup titles, three UEFA European Championships, one FIFA Confederations Cup and one Summer Olympic Games Gold medal.
The Senegal national football team were founded in 1960 and have won one major trophy.
The Lions of Teranga have worn white kits since they were founded, with the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations their first international trophy.
Other teams that play in white kits
Other teams that play in white kits include:
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Dynamo Kyiv
- Hamburger SV
- LA Galaxy
- Legia Warsaw
- MK Dons
- Port Vale
- Preston North End
- Pumas UNAM
- Rayo Vallecano
- Saudi Arabia
- Spezia Calcio
- United States