Focus has departed the past and is looking forward to the new European football season to kick-off in a couple of weeks time. And with it comes the excitement of a fresh set of armour for players to look the part.
So far, we’ve seen Adidas bring some interesting new styles to their new club signings, notably taking over Juventus and Manchester United over from Nike. New Balance has hit the market too, whilst Puma and Umbro are playing catch-up as well.
Thus, let’s begin our first LOOKBOOK edition of eight shirts we rate and hate.
1. LIVERPOOL FC
New Balance has taken over from Warrior and brought Liverpool FC along with them to produce a brand-new bold RED shirt. Going for the checkers loo, we don’t half mind it. It will be interesting to see how New Balance’s designs evolve from here forward. 7.5/10
2. AS ROMA
Nike has taken another beautiful step forward in improving a perfect shirt. The beautifully aligned ROMA shirt is pure class and out of all Nike’s offerings so far the best. Totti will be rocking the stage in style at the ICC Cup in Melbourne later this month – with this classy new kit. 9/10
Juventus’ new kit made by Adidas is interesting. The Home kit is a step up – a big focus on the stripes to make Pirlo transform from a stallion into a zebra is worth points. However, the away strip with it’s rose pink base and single horizontal stripe around ‘Jeep’ is controversial and doesn’t really meet our ascetic standards.
The home kit is a 7/10, but the away kit pulls Juventus x Adidas to a 5/10.
Since losing Nike for Puma, many Arsenal players have been forced to go to the gym to work on their arms. The conventional Puma shirt style that’s a tight fitting shirt across all their teams has set the rest of the shirt design off balance. The new Arsenal shirt is basically the exact same, if not tighter. 6/10.
5. REAL MADRID
Adidas’ premier club always seems to garner the most attention for Adidas designers and you can see the difference. A beautifully clean and smart white shirt for home games looks on-point, whilst a grey on fluro-green away shirt surprisingly looks awesome. 9/10 for RM.
6. FC BARCELONA
Barcelona’s new shirt for the upcoming season is different. So different, that instead of vertical stripes, there are horizontal ones – something that’s never happened before in the club’s history and has frustrated some fans. It’s interesting, but we’re not the biggest fans of it. A catalan flag design around the collar seems as if they’re just trying to do a bit too much. Then again, this is the team that has a sponsor logo on the inside of their shirts. 6.5/10
7. MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City’s new shirt is clean, smart, simple and light blue. Nike haven’t gone overboard here, in-fact have pretty much hit the nail on the head in the elegant kit they’ve given to Manchester’s blue side. 8/10
8. FC BAYERN MUNICH
Bayern Munich’s new kit is red. That’s pretty much it. It’s just a really good looking shirt. 9/10