Are these the 17 worst kits of the 2016/17 season?

From Porto to Leicester, Roma to Crystal Palace, Huw Davies has picked out some of the worst kits of the new campaign

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17. Celtic, third

That’s a brave choice of colour, lads. It’s even ballsier, though, to claim the kit is inspired by the Lisbon Lions, as if everybody in 1960s Glasgow wore neon pink. But the match tickets were that colour, you see. Because that’s what everyone remembers about the ’67 European Cup Final.

16. Real Madrid, home

Real Madrid’s 2016/17 home kit isn’t awful – not compared to that monstrosity above – but it isn’t quite right, either. Other shirts suit Adidas’ repositioning of their stripes; here, however, the sleeves feel empty without them. The collar sits oddly, too.

15. Hertha Berlin, home

While we like the differently-coloured shoulders on most new Nike shirts (England, say), it doesn’t work as well with stripes.

14. Southampton, home

For some reason, Southampton hate their regular kit. At least, that’s how it seems from their constant experiments with it. 2010/11: Too much white. 2012-14: Too much red. 2014/15: Can we have diagonals as well? 2016/17: Actually, what we’re really missing is a training bra.

13. Borussia Monchengladbach, home and away

Presenting, m’lud, exhibits A and B in the Attempted Murder case of Sponsors vs Kits.

12. Inter, third

The Nerazzurri’s first strip is gorgeous. The second’s nice, too. The third just ain’t right. Neither shade’s unappealing, but blend them together and the result is an art student’s paint palette on a particularly hot day.

11. Roma, third 

See above. Anyone for a Fruit Salad?

10. Porto, third

Nope. We applaud Porto’s attempt to mix things up – and again, their home kit is lovely – but it’s all gone a bit horribly wrong here. The zigzagging inversion of colours is off-putting and the blue panels so small and scarce, they look as if they’ve been put there by accident.

9. Leicester, away

“Carl! Get over here. I know I told you to make their away kit anything other than blue, but blue teams shouldn’t wear red, got it? End of discussion. Even Claudio knows it, look. Now go away and start again.”

8. Juventus, third 

Like so many teams on this list, Juventus have decided that their home kit is so nice, it’s only fair they even things out by designing a horrific third strip (one that won’t even solve most kit clashes). When has zebra print ever been a good idea, Juve? You’re better than this.

7. Bordeaux, home

There’s just one problem here, and it’s taking up 90 per cent of the shirt. That V is huge – extravagantly, eye-catchingly, needlessly huge. You can’t escape the feeling there should be a gold chain hanging from it. We like Bordeaux’s alternate effort, though. What?

6. Chelsea, all of the kits

Chelsea’s white third kit is inoffensive enough, but we’re torn over which over their other three is worst. Is it the goalkeepers’ uniform, luminously shouting, “Here’s the goal, strikers!” while Yokohama tyre treads on its shoulders point towards a hit-and-run? Is it the charcoal change strip, which looks as if they bought some faded Wales Euro 2016 tops second-hand? Or is it the tribute to Russia’s Euro 2016 shirt, its imprinted logo giving an air of brothel wallpaper? Questions, questions.

Chelsea kits 2016/17

Which is the worst?

5. Cruz Azul, home


4. Montpellier, away

It’s not Nike’s fault that Montpellier have a sponsor overload – nor is it Montpellier’s, really, because you take what you can get – but it does create an incredibly busy shirt.

3. Crystal Palace, home

“You can only do so much with stripes,” protested Palace chairman Steve Parish, spectacularly missing the point. The Eagles got away with wearing halves in 2013/14, but this atrocity is neither halves nor stripes. Instead, it just looks blue, with red afterthought – and that’s not Crystal Palace. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

2. Freiburg, home

What is going on here? Why are Freiburg wearing this? When did they embrace pink? Who are Schwarzwaldmilch? Is this their fault? How do we stop them?

1. Norwich, third

Sometimes all you can do is ask: why?

It takes effort to make a white kit painful to see, but the Canaries are well aware of what the eyesore they’ve unleashed upon an unsuspecting world that had only just got over the original attempt, some 20-odd years ago. And just in case this doesn’t hurt your eyes sufficiently, the crest is in 3D.

If the worst thing you can do in design is make something that’s forgettable, then congratulations, Norwich. You’ve created the Sharknado of football kits.

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