Has the dust settled yet? Juventus, the Old Lady of Italian football, and Italy’s most successful side domestically, have ditched their famous black and white stripes - bestowed by England’s Notts County, no less - not in favour of their original pink, which may have seemed a logical temporary measure, but to be replaced by black and white halves.

In fairness, there is some pink, in the form of a thin central stripe - just the one, mind - but the cruel demotion of Notts County from the Football League just as the Turin giants look their gift horse in the mouth really is darkly poetic. Light and dark-ly poetic. Chiaroscuro-ly poetic.

Anyway, there’s been a backlash. There’s always a backlash when a team makes a drastic change with their kit. I, however, am not particularly bothered. There are things, of course, because there are always things, but the broad shift I - whisper it - quite like.

Note: For those who place importance in the truth, we suggest checking the date of publication of this article. For those who value football kits above all else, please enjoy this article unreservedly.

There have been several events in the over ten-year history of DF that have staggered me. The good, like so many members becoming bona fide kit designers in some shape or form, the bad (but partially good), when kits from the site get turned into the real (counterfeit) thing by opportunists, and the ugly, when horrid, scruple-free teamwear companies lift designs off the site to put into their catalogues without a thought for, or certainly a payment to, the designer.

But in early January, something very odd happened, which plunged DF into the world of politics and current affairs. Two new entries were uploaded to the League of Blogacta gallery (it’s been delayed, but it’s on its way, so get your kits in), one consisting of a kit with Union Flag (Jack) stylings and a UK crest, and the other with a very EU-y bent in kit and logo. MuseumofJerseys.com have kindly re-rendered this in the header above.

Five Football Kits We Deserve to See Again

You may have noticed that retro kits are pretty de riguer. A little while ago, I recorded a podcast with John Devlin on the subject of re-releases, or reissues, and specified to him that we’d be discussing that complete copy culture specifically - though not without its discrepancies in most cases - and not the - subtly different - trend for new kits that look a lot like previous ones. Cover versions, if you will. And as the global authority on cover versions (even with the spelling mistake, it got me Keane tickets dinnit) I intended to chat to someone - perhaps John - about the latter at a later date. Inadvertently, that later date arrived with our talk about the 2018 World Cup kits.

So let’s start this look at which kits should be revisited in that way - the title didn’t give it away? - with an international example…

The DesignFootball.com Podcast - Episode 30

Here's Episode 30 of The DesignFootball.com Podcast. Don't worry about Episode 27 - don't call it; it'll call you. No, Episode 30 is great, and features a DF member in the form of Angelo Trofa, or Amadeus Angelillo as he's known around these parts.

For those not familiar with Angelo, he's largely a fantasy designer, certainly in the world of football design, and his kits have been featured on websites and in publications far and wide, mostly off the back of his Football Strip Concepts magazines and, more recently, his huge following on Instagram. But that's not to say his designs haven't infiltrated the "real" world, and he's certainly an example of a designer whose seen at least one shirt got real.

International Football Shirt Sponsorship - The Potential

One of the most regularly heard opinions on international football shirts is that they are blessed by the lack of a sponsor. In fact, the reverse is also true, in that club shirts - see the coming season’s Ipswich Town shirts - are often regarded as ruined by the sponsor’s branding. This received wisdom has is merits, but doesn’t provide the whole story.

Indeed, many club shirts are enhanced by their sponsor. But that’s steady ground. Club shirts, for the last three or four decades at least, are meant to have a sponsor’s logo plastered across the front. But how about international shirts?

Check the date of publishing for this one, folks. We hope you enjoy, and what does the truth matter anyway?

 

The Arsenal 1988-1990 Home kit has always intrigued me, so when I was provided with some very interesting information about it, I enlisted the help of the brilliant MuseumofJerseys.com to tell the world.

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

The duck test, which may have long been subconsciously applied to this particular kit by hundreds of football fans, before being bypassed with head-scratching resignation, has, it turns out, come good again.

Episode 27 is currently missing (at point of publishing). Well spotted. It'll be here later, and we apologise for its current omission. But this is a great one featuring a chat with Shawn from the St. Pauli FC podcast Fell In Love With a Girl.

A left-wing supporter base for a cult football team with an interesting kit history - including the uncommon colour palette - St. Pauli is an incredibly interesting subject. Particularly as this podcast episode was recorded in the aftermath of the G20 conference in Hamburg - where St . Pauli are based.

So, what a year it's been. Yes, largely podcast-free. Or so you'd think. In fact, we've recorded some, but, due to a combination of work commitments, technical issues, and good old chronic procrastination, we haven't published them.

So here's one. This treat was recorded with highly-respected French football journalist Mohammed Ali way back in the Spring, just as the 2016-17 season was coming to an end, and covers the Olympique de Marseille 2017-18 kit releases, and the upcoming implications of the transfer over to Puma.

The DesignFootball.com Podcast - Episode 25

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...

John Devlin returned to The DesignFootball.com Podcast to discuss the retro shirt and kit market. And what fun we had discussing this fascinating marketing frontier.

With so many retro shirts available, both officially and, well, let's say unofficially, and so many modern kits taking their cues from the iconic examples of yore - perhaps something worth revisiting itself, aptly enough - the subject was begging to be tackled, so we did exactly that.

Latest Comments

  • CRCW 178 VOTING - AJAX CAPE TOWN

    elfisho elfisho 18.11.2019 08:41
    5 – Rossco 3 – Naruteo 1 – Narco: Narco, whilst this is well drawn, it is culturally insensitive. Given the divisive racial climate there, there is no way that having a club represented by traditional SA garb would be seen as acceptable. Sorry

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  • CRCW 178 VOTING - AJAX CAPE TOWN

    DeSilva DeSilva 18.11.2019 08:34
    5 Elfisho 3 Rossco 1 Naruteo

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  • Semifinals voting [1st leg]

    terion terion 18.11.2019 07:56
    Cenkunal Aguspineiro

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  • CRCW 178 VOTING - AJAX CAPE TOWN

    mmy mmy 18.11.2019 07:36
    5 Narco 3 Rossco 1 Naruteo

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  • CRCW 177 RESULTS - ICELAND

    mmy mmy 18.11.2019 07:35
    Seen it coming

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  • KOTW124 - VOTING

    narco narco 18.11.2019 02:21
    5 - aguspineiro 3 - kunto 1 - Corinth

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  • CRCW 178 VOTING - AJAX CAPE TOWN

    narco narco 18.11.2019 02:15
    5 - Rossco 3 - Elfisho 1 - Naruteo

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  • KOTW124 - VOTING

    giannakakis giannakakis 17.11.2019 21:41
    5 kweba13 3 kunto 1 narco

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  • KOTW123 / KOTW29 / KOTM125-C01

    aguspineiro aguspineiro 17.11.2019 20:30
    If it stays once a month I think it's a great idea!

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  • KOTW124 - VOTING

    aguspineiro aguspineiro 17.11.2019 20:29
    5 Corinth 3 KWEBA13 1 Dawij

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  • KOTW124 - VOTING

    Silky Smooth Silky Smooth 17.11.2019 20:05
    5 - Corinth 3 - Dawij 1 - aguspineiro

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  • KOTW123 / KOTW29 / KOTM125-C01

    Silky Smooth Silky Smooth 17.11.2019 20:04
    Some of you wanted this, some of us didn't, now I say let's try. This won't be a regular thing, maybe once a month, if the reactions are positive. So, let me explain. Team is Arsenal, shirt is away/third, the shirt must be Adidas and must have fly emirates as a main sponsor. The main thing is that the shirt must be yellow. You can combine yellow with any color you want for the trim/sleeves/collar/graphics...

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  • PSG Nike @silky_smooth0

    Silky Smooth Silky Smooth 17.11.2019 17:22
    Thanks mate, I did make something like that, that was my first idea, but it doesn't look good at all Also red rombs with white lillies, looks even worse. Only central rombs, bad. A row with different color rombs and lillies, bad.... would you believe me that this is the 14th version of the design I made and the only one I like

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  • PSG Nike @silky_smooth0

    narco narco 17.11.2019 16:25
    Nice. I am more of a fan of the classic Hetcher design but some of this modern design are pretty cool (not the slim stripe or the distorsed one). Maybe you can make another one, for the football kits section, not kit champions, where the rombs under the red fleur-de-lis has two shades of white, not two of blue, just to see how it looks.

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  • Ajax Cape Town Concept 1

    rossco rossco 14.11.2019 18:53
    Thank you Skyebaggie! : ) I really like your kits, nice designs and super slick presentation!

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  • Kit Champions - semifinals

    Rabbi Rabbi 14.11.2019 14:48
    That is probably what I was misunderstandin g could not find the rules you had listed before and thought best to ask sorry about the inconvenience.

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  • Kit Champions - semifinals

    terion terion 14.11.2019 13:24
    rules are the same as till now....no special aditional rules.....for the final, the finalists will be free to design whatever version of the kit they feel better ( home / away / third / fourth / retro / special edition / ....even goalie )

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  • Kit Champions - semifinals

    Rabbi Rabbi 14.11.2019 12:02
    I remember there was some rule about the away kit but not sure if that was just in the final or not, but I imagine it is the same as in the last round so I will stick to that in my away kit for Juventus hope that is ok

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  • Kit Champions - semifinals

    terion terion 14.11.2019 07:55
    About what rules regarding the away kit are you wondering?

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  • KOTM29 - VOTING

    KWEBA13 KWEBA13 13.11.2019 20:53
    5- CenkÜnal 3- Silkysmooth 1- Giannakakis

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