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PUMA Launch Newcastle United 2019/20 Third Shirt

Ready for what will likely be FA and League Cup games away from St James’ Park, PUMA launch the Newcastle United 2019/20 third shirt. The shirt features a design that is inspired by the steel and glass structure that reaches out over the Milburn Stand and Leazes End of St James’ Park.

Arriving in a bright orange colourway, the Newcastle United third shirt for the upcoming season features a stunning sublimated graphic that runs throughout providing a stunning two-toned effect. The orange is joined by navy accents on the collar, branding and on the sponsor.

In our opinion, this is one of the nicest kits you will see this season. Lets hope the Newcastle players are of the same quality as this shirt.

2019/20 Premier League Away Kits – Reviewed

In the run up to the new 2019/20 season we are going to review the home and away shirts of every Premier League team in advance of the upcoming season. We start with the away shirts, which tend to be more varied (both for good reasons and bad reasons) year on year compared to the home kit designs. All kits are to be given a mark out of 10 with 1 being downright awful and 10 being a future classic. Let’s kick off.

Arsenal

We kick off proceedings with this Arsenal shirt, which let’s face it, will not be bettered in this article. Going retro and taking inspiration from the famous ‘bruised banana’ shirt which featured from 1991-93, adidas have nailed every part of Arsenal’s away shirt (including the promotional materials) and we think all fans will agree. 10/10

Aston Villa

Really nice effort from Kappa in their first season as Aston Villa kit sponsor. The sky blue shirt looks crisp and contemporary and features a nice diagonal pinstripe across the body for additional detailing. The emergence of sleeve sponsors has the potential to ruin what would otherwise be nice kits but the branding here is quite complementary with the Villa claret a good contrast to the sky blue. 8/10

AFC Bournemouth

Inspiration for the new away shirt was taken from the popular pizza graphic that featured on the club’s 1992/94 alternate jersey, which hasn’t aged well in our view [Link HERE], with the club using a similar pattern now on the sleeves of the away shirt giving it a little individuality. Given the ‘Pizza kit’ was red and white and this kit is navy blue, we do think it is a bit of a tenuous link, even though the shirt itself is good. 7/10 

Brighton and Hove Albion

Slick, monochrome look from Nike for the Brighton away. There’s not much to dislike about the shirt but we hardly imagine fans flocking in their droves to buy either. 6/10

Burnley FC

This away shirt is great and more than makes up for the home kit, which apart from the shirt sponsor has not changed all that much. Umbro have really delivered some great kits this season and this is no exception with a stunning graphic across the upper chest, with crest, branding and sponsor appearing in claret. Despite having the Chinese betting company Love Bet splashed across the shirt we think this shirt is excellent. 8.5/10

Chelsea FC

Chelsea’s new away kit has been inspired by the 1960s Mod culture which once thrived on the Kings Road in Chelsea, we’re thinking Phil Daniels in Quadrophenia. Known for their sharp fashion sense, the Mods were a key part of ‘Swinging ‘60s’ London, and the King’s Road, a short walk from Stamford Bridge, was at the heart of it.

The new kit is a white polo with a button-down collar trimmed with red and blue stripes. We see what Nike have attempted here and it is not an awful shirt by any stretch but in our opinion, it just feels a bit bland and uninspiring. 6.5/10

Crystal Palace FC

Initially we were not sure about this shirt but it has grown massively on us. PUMA have used a wavy overlaying graphic which really makes the shirt stand out. As previously mentioned, we’re not a big fan of the chunky betting company logo splashed on the front of the shirt but the combination of home colours on a black base works perfectly. As you can see, the lads love it. 8.5/10

Everton FC

Everton have used the colour ‘Living Coral’ as the dominant colour of the 2019/20 away kit. The colour takes inspiration from the kit worn by Everton for the Club’s first league title-winning season in 1890/91. A salmon-coloured kit was worn by the team throughout that campaign – and came 11 years before the permanent adoption of royal blue jerseys in 1901/02. The new shirt also features a distinctive two-tone coral sash design, echoing the design synonymous with the black and scarlet sash kit that earned Everton the nickname ‘the Black Watch’ in 1881.

Umbro have done a good job overall with this kit, but the Everton club crest in salmon pink has to cost it a couple of marks I’m afraid. 7/10

Leicester City FC

Leicester have technically released two away shirts for this season but for this review we will focus on the pink away kit. Adidas have gone for quite a generic template for this shirt which resembles the West Germany shirt from 1990, which of course is not the worst kit in the world to base a shirt on. I think our main issue with this shirt is mainly aimed at adidas rather than the aesthetic of the shirt. Adidas had the same shirt on sale back in May 2019 before the away shirts were released so minus the Leicester logo and sponsorship for £16.46 (image below). To make matters worse, the exact same shirt is now retailing on the adidas website for £34.95 (see HERE).

We think the shirt looks great, but this example just highlights how supporters pay over the odds for football shirts. 7.5/10

Liverpool FC

Keeping it clean and tidy, New Balance and Liverpool have taken a white shirt and added navy and red details through the sponsor and branding on the sleeves and cuff. Nice shirt, nothing too controversial but not overly inspiring either. Feels like the black and turquoise third shirt has been a bigger hit with the fans. 7/10

Manchester City FC

Manchester City and PUMA released these away jerseys which take inspiration from the legendary Manchester nightclub, Hacienda and also from Manchester’s rich musical heritage. PUMA have said that they are going to be taking inspiration from music in their kit designs in future years too so watch this space (Oasis or Bugzy Malone themed shirt perhaps?).

Keeping their base of a black away kit, City’s new shirt includes new features on the sleeves as well as on the shoulders. Celebrating Manchester City’s 125th anniversary, their away kit also included a commemorative ‘125 Years’ message underneath the crest. This shirt is original in its design and we think PUMA should be applauded for this. 8.5/10

Manchester United FC

Snake skin on a football shirt? Bold. It’s clear that they adidas and Manchester United wanted to try something different, but this effort is way wide of the mark. That being said, we think this shirt has the potential to reach cult status and could be looked on fondly in future years. 5.5/10

Newcastle United FC

Featuring dark green shirts, shorts and socks, this seasons effort from PUMA for Newcastle’s away strip doesn’t look all too inspiring at first glance but when you look up close you will see that there is a black fade effect. Lovely effort. 9/10

Norwich City FC

Loving what Errea are doing here. It’s bold, colourful and unique. Just what you want in an away shirt. Bit of a shame that the sleeve sponsor looks so bad. Almost a perfect away shirt. 9/10

Sheffield United FC

Nice effort from adidas here for the Blades, and while it does look like a standard kit template with the club crest on it is a really crisp shirt. 7/10

Southampton FC

Not really sure what Under Armour were trying for with this shirt. The yellow top panel against the black base does not work. In our opinion, the worst shirt across the premier league and is further ruined by the awful sponsor splashed on the front. Shame really, because some of Under Armour’s efforts in previous seasons were actually pretty good. 3/10

Tottenham Hotspur

We really like this Spurs away shirt and think the vivid purple graphic on the upper chest of the navy shirt works perfectly. Inside the shirt is the Club’s motto in Latin: “Audere Est Facere.” Nice. 7.5/10

Watford FC

Another use of one of adidas’ generic templates (see Sheffield United above). The shades of blue work well, but this is not one of the seasons stand out shirts. 6/10

West Ham United FC

This white away kit with claret and blue striped V-neck and cuffs is inspired by the 1980 FA Cup winning team. Umbro have really pulled it out of the bag with this one. The shirt has the 1980 crest graphic on the back of the neck, with the kit being completed by classic white shorts and socks. Superb. 9.5/10

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

A smart effort this from adidas, with this shirt reversing the home kit colours to create a black shirt with sleeve piping and adidas badge in the Wolves’ orange. Along the front, diagonal pinstripes cut across the shirt. While the shorts remain in plain black the short and the socks are in gold. 8/10

adidas and Juventus Launch New Third Shirt

Predominantly set for use in the Champions League, adidas unveil the Juventus third shirt for the 2019/20 season. The design features a classic colour for the club, which has been termed “Unity Blue”.

The Juventus 2019/20 kits have now all been unveiled, as adidas launch this new third shirt for the coming season. As with most adidas produce these days, the shirt is also made from environmentally friendly recycled polyester, saving resources and decreasing emissions.

As a consistent theme across the three shirts of this season, the Three Stripes are positioned on the shoulders of the third shirt, but this time in silver. The kit also maintains the “Unity Blue” colouring through the shorts and socks, although the camouflage graphic is featured on the shirt only. Another unique look for the Old Lady, and one you can expect to see Ronaldo working his magic in on Champions League nights.

PSG x Jordan Launch 2019/20 Away Kit and Lifestyle Range

PSG and the Nike Jordan Brand have been one of the pioneers in terms of the lifestyle and jersey sub-culture that is emerging in football nowadays and their partnership is now in its second season with the launch of the new PSG lifestyle range and 2019/20 away shirt.

The new away kit for the Parisians is the next chapter of this immensely influential collaboration which has taken the PSG brand to new levels and has really set the benchmark for how successful collaborations can work.

The Jordan Brand influence is throughout the new 2019/20 away kit and is adorned in the iconic infrared shade first introduced on the Air Jordan VI back in 1991.

Last season saw the introduction of the first ever Jordan branded football kit when Nike opted with the iconic Jumpman logo and brandin on Paris-Saint Germain’s third shirts, which were worn predominantly in the Champions League. Given the resounding success of that (the shirts, not PSG’s Champions League campaign) this season sees the collaboration take on a greater importance to the club as they will now officially wear the Jordan shirts in the league and in Europe, now being the Parisian side’s official away shirt.

The lifestyle range includes the Air Jordans as well as a full clothing range with the Jumpman logo replacing the ‘A’ in PARIS on some of the branded tees and vests. The full range is available now on the Nike website.

Nike Release Stunning Venezia FC 2019/20 Home and Away Shirt

Venezia FC will play in Serie B again next season thanks to their re-admission to the league following Palermos relegation to Serie C as a result of administrative irregularities [More on Palermo HERE].

To celebrate the Venetians are going to be wearing this stunning Nike kit with both the home and away shirt being fully customised to the Venetian club and highlight the prominence of the club colours. The Home kit has three large vertical bands of equal size, one orange, one black and one green.

On the chest, is the clubs name ‘Venezia FC’ , which adds a real touch of class to the shirt. Far too often do we see sponsors splashed across the front of shirts, ruining what would otherwise be nice kits. The Venezia typeface was specially created by Nike designers, adopting a modern restyling compared with previous seasons to make the shirt even more attractive.

For the first time, the acronym VFC (Venezia Football Club) appears on the shorts for the first time as well as on the inside of the V collar.

Now for the Away kit, which is arguably even nicer than the home shirt. The kit is all but identical to the home kit in terms of styling and detailing but is set on a white background as the images below show.

The official launch of the new Home Kit was accompanied by a video shot in the picturesque setting, among the containers of the port of Marghera, because we all love a good shipping container in a kit launch…

The shirts are available to buy now at the Venezia FC Online Store

Kit and Bone Launch ‘Unofficial Replica’ Range

Kit and Bone have created their ‘Unofficial Replica’ series, putting their unmistakable style onto these Umbro football shirts.

In case you don’t know much about Kit and Bone, they are a football art and fashion brand that takes an offbeat look at football shirt culture, replaying classic kits in their unmistakable style. 

Aptly named ‘Unofficial Replica’ the series salutes the random counterfeit shirts that we would all see our mates come home from their holidays with back when we were kids. You know the one, like the kid that turns up with the 2005 David Beckham Real Madrid top with “Semens” splashed across the front rather than “Siemens”.

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Shirts which even though you knew they weren’t quite right (and reminding them for weeks about it), somehow made them more intriguing. Creating something different from something so familiar.

Kit and Bone typically take football shirts and turn them into cartoons, but this time they have reversed their process, taking shirts from cartoon to a reality. Their cartoons too are well worth checking out.

You can see more of the shirts on their Instagram (@kitandbone) or on their website kitandbone.com.

Barcelona Ditch the Stripes as 2019/20 Home Kit is Released

Barcelona have gone against the grain by changing from their traditional striped home jerseys for just the second time ever to a new checker-board design which has a real Croatia vibe to it, meaning despite it being controversial, it should at least keep Ivan Rakitic happy.

The only other time Barca hav deviated from their traditional stripes was in the 2015/16 season when the club adopted a hooped pattern instead. That season they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, so it didn’t affect the team too much!

That being said, the check-board design is just the second shift from the club’s norm and provides a new interpretation of Barca’s world famous colours. The jersey’s V-neck collar is decorated by the stripes of the Catalan flag (what else?!).

“Barça’s DNA goes beyond football. We are proud to represent these colors and spread the city’s name around the world” says Sergi Roberto. “This design reflects our link with the city of Barcelona and identifies us with where we come from, the place where we grew and learnt until getting to the top level.”

The new patterning is inspired by the gridded street layout of the city’s Eixample District. The creativity of the district is channelled in the new jersey and the club have featured local artists and creatives in the shirt’s advertising campaign. Ditching the traditional stripes is a controversial move by Nike and Barcelona but in other ways it is good to see the club change it up a bit and take their design down a different path.

adidas x Parley Unveil New Juventus Warm Up Jersey

Juventus are the latest team to enjoy the fruits of the collaboration between adidas and ‘Parley For the Oceans’ as the Serie A champions unveil a striking new pink and black tie dye pre-match jersey for the 2019/20 campaign. I mean, just look at it. It’s loud, it’s bold, it’s bonkers!

adidas have worked closely with ‘Parley For The Oceans’ over the past few years to produce a number of statement footwear and clothing pieces, and in the 2019/20 season they are going to strengthen their collaborative relationship by producing a set of unique designs for some of the most iconic adidas football clubs.

The warm up jersey is made completely from plastic retrieved and recycled from our oceans, so not only does it look good, it also does good too. Parley are a force for change and adidas have really got behind them and with that they are working together in a project that helps to saves our seas while demanding change from governments and corporations to create a greener future when it comes to the treatment of plastic waste.

This warm up jersey will be worn by Juventus in pre-match warm-ups throughout their pre-season schedule and 19/20 season fixtures and will be available at Pro Direct Soccer.

Hearts and Umbro Launch New 2019/20 Home Kit

Umbro are really at the top of their game at the minute and have produced yet another beautifully bespoke effort as they unveil the Hearts of Midlothian home shirt for the 2019/20 season.

The 2019/20 Hearts home shirt is a modern twist on home kits from yesteryear with their customary maroon shirt. The shirt is complimented with a jacquard fabric in a shattered diamond design to the front body and sleeve panels with a white v-neck which really ties the shirt together.

This kit is a lovely retro effort and Umbro are really being known again as one of the top kit manufacturers with each of their manufactured shirts, proudly showcasing the individual DNA of the respective clubs. This seems to be a stark contrast to some of the generic shirt templates that are featuring across the game now.

The shirt features white sleeve inserts, a V neckline and woven club crest. Continuing the theme from recent seasons, the shirt also features a bespoke back neck sign off that reads: Heart and Soul.

The white shorts feature the shattered diamond jacquard fabric inserted into the side panel. Finally, the maroon socks come complete with a white side panel. The shirt is available to preorder now from the Hearts Club Store and will be released on 14 June

West Ham and Umbro Unveil New 1980 Inspired Home and Away Kit

West Ham United have unveiled their 2019/20 Umbro Home and Away kits.

The kit is inspired by the Hammers’ historic 1980 FA Cup-winning team, with Umbro delivering a modern twist on the iconic colours worn by Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking and co on the road to Wembley, climaxing in an unforgettable win over Arsenal, 40 years ago.

The kit and marketing campaign has a distinctly retro feel, with the home shirt featuring a V-neck collar and sky blue chest, including a tonal stripe design, sky blue sleeves and claret cuffs and the iconic Umbro diamond motif design on each shoulder. 

The West Ham United crest is embroidered into the heart of the shirt with a further nod to the 1980 FA Cup winning team with a 1980 crest graphic on the back of the neck.

The all-white away kit is inspired by the 1980 FA Cup Final where West Ham defeated Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a Trevor Brooking goal. The shirt is white with a claret and blue striped V-neck and cuffs, with the 1980 crest graphic on the back of the neck, completed with white shorts and socks.

West Ham captain Mark Noble said: “To wear this shirt, especially with the West Ham badge on it – it takes an honest player, hard-working, a player that leaves everything on the pitch and plays for the crest on the shirt.

“When you play for this Club, you join a family and players do realise that this is not just an ordinary Football Club, this is a great Football Club, with a great history, and the shirt represents just that.”

The kit is expected to go on sale in stores on Thursday 13 June.