These are the 19 best kits for the 2016/17 season (say us)

From Brazil to Turkey, Mexico to Italy, Huw Davies has picked out this season's shirt stunners

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19. Bayern Munich, away

As Coco Chanel once said, probably, “Two-tone monochrome stripes offset by neon trim is the new black”. Probably.

Adidas led the way with their change kits for Wales at Euro 2016 and Chelsea 2016/17, but with Bayern they’ve added a third tone and swapped bitter lime for zesty orange. Fanta-stic.

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.

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?

16. Lille, away


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.

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.

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.

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…

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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