From Brazil to Turkey, Mexico to Italy, Huw Davies has picked out this season's shirt stunners
19. Bayern Munich, away
As Coco Chanel once said, probably, “Two-tone monochrome stripes offset by neon trim is the new black”. Probably.
18. West Ham, home
Just as it’s hard to follow last season’s Boleyn send-off, it’s hard to follow that campaign’s gorgeous, stripped-back Umbro kit.
This refined effort comes pretty close, though, despite some unwieldy wording accompanying the crest.
— Umbro (@umbro) July 16, 2016
17. Espanyol, home
That fuzzy stripe will put off non-PowerPoint enthusiasts, but at least it’ll make opponents think they’re tripping.
And check out the innovative swopping collar, resembling a mayoral chain superimposed on a kestrel’s beak. Just us?
Les samarretes #RCDE!
¡Las camisetas de la Maravillosa Minoría! pic.twitter.com/XHLIFtVcWs
— RCD ESPANYOL OFICIAL (@RCDEspanyol) July 5, 2016
16. Lille, away
— Footpack (@Footpack) July 5, 2016
15. Sao Paulo, home
The Tricolor are no strangers to sleek kits, and here, their white, black and red hues are tastefully lifted by an embedded background design.
It’s just a shame Sao Paulo didn’t indulge in a literal kit launch – i.e. into space – as they did in 2013.
— Indonesia Medio Club (@MedioClub) May 24, 2016
14. Ajax, away
It’s a brave look, this, but Ajax pull it off. No, the XXX doesn’t refer to porn, or booze, or The XX (remember them?).
It’s taken from the Amsterdam coat of arms, which represents the city’s proud history of porn, booze and The XX.
— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) May 6, 2016
13. Barcelona, home
The simple, sponsor-less tribute to Barcelona’s first European Cup win, 25 years ago, should go down as a timeless classic.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 10, 2016
12. Porto, home
A restrained design template, juxtaposed with subtly shaded stripes-within-stripes, topped off with a sumptuous collar? Yes please. The slightly naff sponsor is a pity, though.
11. Inter, home
The classic shirt, set in a marginally darker blue and accompanied by a dizzying ripple motif, is really brought to life by golden touches – so much so, even the yellow socks work. That may not be a popular opinion, however…
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) July 6, 2016
10. Crystal Palace, away
Returning to 2014/15’s yellow change strip is a good move for Palace, and sashes always look great on away kits, where they can’t upset a club’s traditional colour balance. And look at the collar! This is everything the disappointing home strip isn’t.
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