These are the 19 best kits of the 2017/18 season

Bayern Munich kit

From Serie A to the Premier League, Argentina to Brazil – Greg Lea picks out the most mouth-watering new shirts worldwide

19. Shakhtar Donetsk home

Shakhtar have long been underappreciated in the kit stakes, and it’s time to put that right. This probably isn’t their greatest ever contribution, but it’s still better than most: orange and black is a cracking combination, while the blue gradient adds a different dimension. It’s a yes from us.

18. Athletic Bilbao home, away

It’s easier than you’d think to mess stripes up, but Athletic Bilbao have struck the right balance this year: not too many (are you reading this, Sunderland?) and not too few.

They’ve backed that up with a very smart away top, which is supposedly based on the uniform worn by the club in the 1940s. Works for us.

17. Fiorentina home

A minimalist Le Coq Sportif classic, Fiorentina almost lost their place in the rankings as punishment for revealing four (four!) away kits for the 2017/18 campaign. None of them come close to matching this evocative purple number, which has thankfully been deemed too sacred to tinker with. Sometimes less really is more.

16. Manchester City away

Bold from City, which is something we’ll grow accustomed to saying whenever Pep Guardiola picks a starting XI this season. The club have had maroon away shirts before, but they deserve credit for finding a way to put a modern twist on a lesser-spotted classic.

15. Southampton home

A departure from the traditional red and white stripes (although not for the first time in recent years), this is a seriously neat bit of gear. It’s probably time to get rid of Virgil van Dijk from the marketing material, though, folks.

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