Hit or Miss? 18/19 Football Kit Designs
As next seasons new kits start to appear, here are our hits and misses so far…
Manchester City (Away)
I may be biased, but Manchester City’s 18/19 away kit is the nicest release yet and it will struggle to be beaten! Taking inspiration from City’s 1998/99 season - one of the most important seasons in City’s history - the dark blue and neon yellow shirt, like it’s 90's predecessor, will be a fan favourite. A real classy shirt for the current Champions to take on the league in.
Tottenham Hotspur (Home)
Now I’m generally against a fade effect shirt (which you will see down below with United’s home shirt), but I actually think it looks quite smart on the Spurs new kit. I think I’m in the minority with this one, but it’s the old school collar that really wins me over - it’s nothing mind-blowing but it’s a good classic football kit which shouldn’t be underrated.
Liverpool’s home kit is not overly different from last season except from it’s new collar - but it looks good. It’ll sell that’s for sure. As for their away kit - maybe not so much! The purple and orange combo has had mixed reviews - but I love it!! Ok it’s not exactly traditional Liverpool and it is VERY bright - but you can’t beat a colourful away shirt every now and again.
Ah, Umbro. Great work again. I imagine there are some happy Evertonians around now this has been released. The Umbro ring around the sleeves, the button up collar and the textured royal blue is a sight for sore eyes. It’s a great, great shirt. It’s only flaw is of course, Angry Birds.
Crystal Palace (Home)
Would you believe it - Crystal Palace have made it into the top 5. I’m very impressed with Puma, they’ve taken the ever so popular fade-effect as seen across all the big clubs these days but actually made it work! The combination of the fade-effect in the classic stripes keeps the shirt traditional but also makes Palace look like they fit in amongst the top four… even if their football doesn’t.
West Ham (Third)
West Ham third is going in the fail list - but I’ve got to admit I don’t think it’s that bad. The Hammers haven’t taken well to the new shirt saying it looks washed out, and should have gone with claret shorts. Valid points, but I like it’s simplicity. I’m a big fan of an Umbro kit - good quality and always a level of class. I think this kit is treated unfairly - but in reality how often will it ever get worn anyway!
Manchester United (Home)
United home - another shirt ruined by fade effect/train track stripes at the bottom. In fairness, it’s never going to be easy to make a kit look good with that hideous Chevrolet logo - but this is just another generic Adidas template kit. Also United in black shorts? Really? All in all it’s a no from me.
Tottenham Hotspur (Away)
Right lets firstly address the fact that this is an exact copy of Barcelona’s training kit. Which leads me perfectly on to my next point, which is that my immediate reaction to this kit was “that’s terrible, and it looks like a training kit not a match kit.” Alas, my judgement was correct. Bad design to start with, and lazy from Nike. (FYI, check out Manchester City’s new home kit to see the full extent of Nike’s lack of imagination.)
Arsenal — what on earth are these arm bands! Otherwise, it’s a fairly basic shirt nothing special. I do like the front detailing - but I can’t get over those arm bands. Terrible.
Manchester United (Away)
Now this one is only rumoured so we are judging a bit prematurely here - but surely United are not really going to have a candy floss pink away kit… I’ll leave this here…
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