It’s new kit season!
You’ve seen Liverpool’s long-awaited Nike effort, Barcelona’s comeback in 2011 and Chelsea’s occasional unfortunate use of the number three.
Amidst all the disappointing templates and overhyped releases, there are some real gems that you might have missed from around the world.
Wrap your retinas around these delightful pieces of football fashion…
What color???? pic.twitter.com/GGbxUZxNzs
— Pescara Calcio (@PescaraCalcio) June 27, 2020
Designed by six-year-old fan Luigi D’Agostino, who won Pescara’s charity competition to come up with a new kit design and ‘give covid-19 a kick’, this obviously awesome shirt (Aria’s woven) will be worn. Training and pre-season matches for the Serie B side.
Guys, just use it for all matches. It features a dolphin heading a ball under a rainbow. What more do you want?
All other clubs should also be forced to delegate design responsibilities to the nearest available kid. You can buy one here.
The best shirts of 2020? Presumably @Andy_Headspeath spoke to the lads at @LochNessFC
About their monster new kit? https://t.co/C8cFJA4ehM pic.twitter.com/oRuNIFow9B
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Did you know that Loch Ness has a football club?
Well, you do now.
The amateur side play in Scotland’s North Caledonian League and have gone viral with their monster designs for 2020/21 – leading to them being featured on the BBC and orders from around the world.
Read more about their story here.
Here it is…
Our brand new 2020/21 away kit? #WeAreFGR pic.twitter.com/KGfl8TmwnV
— Forest Green Rovers (@FGRFC_Official) July 31, 2020
From dolphins and monsters to zebras…
League Two Forest Green Rovers have been playing football differently for a while now.
The Cotswolds club – owned by green energy tycoon Dale Vince – is 100% vegan and committed to ‘greening up’ football.
The new zebra-looking kit (made by PlayerLayer) is not only striking in its design but also 50% bamboo – reducing reliance on plastic. cute
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—#Roarzhone #ForeverFaster#AllezRennes#ToutDonner ??⚫ pic.twitter.com/9chYQa9FvC
— Stade Rennais FC (@staderennais) July 16, 2020
The French love it piping hot.
And Stade Rennais and Puma have produced the most drool-worthy kits this summer with an Isidore Odorico-inspired (he’s apparently a French mosaicist) home kit that pays homage to the city’s architecture and design. will
Look for the shirt in Europe next season (and get one from Puma), if Rennes go through the Champions League qualifiers.
If they don’t, they’re still the winner in that cut.
Le Red Star unveils its nouveaux jerseys 2020/2021.
Il s’agira du seul club sous Adidas en France à créer le design de son nouveau maillot cette saison. pic.twitter.com/0RH84r7cFE
— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) August 6, 2020
Sticking with the French kits, third-tier Red Star FC (Paris’ oldest club) have unleashed some absolute showstoppers ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The design, developed with Adidas, features images on the green home shirt inspired by the neighboring flea market, while the red and white away kit features graphics from the club’s history.
If all that isn’t enough, it’s sponsored by Edge Merchants Voice.
Marseille’s away kit for next season includes a bunch of houses on them. (RMC) pic.twitter.com/Z4R1Ub4eXK
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 4, 2020
Rounding out the French fashion trio is Marseille.
Well, the Uber Eats logo isn’t ideal but the entire shirt depicts the city of Marseille at night. Among all the designs inspired by the local environment, this one from Puma is one of the best.
Homekit, though much simpler, is also a winner.
Shop Marcel’s away kit from the Puma store here.
Günaydın #Galatasaray Ailesi pic.twitter.com/t7pHNLOTJ8
— Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) July 28, 2020
They may have only finished sixth in the Super League this year (their worst performance since 2016) but Galatasaray can take some solace in the fact they have a cool kit to wear next season.
The ‘Wide Orange’ and ‘Red Chilli’ look from Nike is made from durable materials and will be worn next season by legendary madman Arda Turan who has rejoined his old club.
Warning: The sponsored version is not as good.
The new @Chivas kits are here?⚪️
What is your favorite?
Home ? Or away ✈️ ? pic.twitter.com/hgN9eDrT7H
— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) July 23, 2020
In Mexico, Chivas and Puma’s new kits for 2020/21 are absolutely stunning, especially away – although it may take Antonio Braseno’s modeling talents to the fore.
This is a kit that can literally avoid being ‘hot’ plastered.
adidas × CR Flamengo 2020/21 New Away Kit. #CRFlamengo #Flamengo #CRF #adidasFootball #football #soccer #kitstown pic.twitter.com/SZEAF2KfEm
— kitstown (@kitstown) May 15, 2020
It’s only three months old but Flamemgo’s 2020/21 adidas away kit is still ‘new’ and pretty cool.
The single band, mixed with black and red, is a throwback to past kits but with a modern twist, while the chunky, retro-felt collar and cuffs are a delight.
Besides, who doesn’t love a central badge?
This is what seems unstoppable.
Introducing 2020 fork kits. #BAONDPX pic.twitter.com/EucFFi6tX2
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) May 20, 2020
Like the Flamingo, Portland’s Nike kits were released back in May but haven’t seen much action for good reason, you know…
The black home kit with red trim has a large rose print pattern, while the white and gray round has a more subtle fork design.
In the words of a disgraced former commentator, you don’t have to explain it to me. Let the pictures tell you everything.