Each year we like to take a few minutes and talk about the summer’s more important topics. Not David Moyes and how he’ll perform as the heir to Fergie’s throne. Not Jose’s re-takeover at Chelsea, or Neymar’s gigantic move to Barcelona. Football kits. Who truly has produced the nicest kit for the coming seasons? Or as usually is the case nowadays, ‘season’.
After hours of deliberation we’ve come up with the below list of top ten kits this off-season has to offer. It was hard to ignore the Nike and adidas stranglehold on the jersey market, but a fantastic effort from Kappa (bar a dodgy sponsor, but that wasn’t their fault) and a nice looking Puma kit have managed to sneak their way in.
Leading the way, we feel, is a simple and elegant PSV Eindhoven home jersey – marking in the club’s centenary year. It’s always nice to see a lower league club pop up with a kit worthy of top division football and this year Derby County have stepped up to the mark with the underrated Kappa. A disappointing sponsor logo and alignment (why so high, Derby?) pushes it down to third.
Olympique Lyonnais love a unique effort and this isn’t their first appearance in our list. This year, their away jersey is something a bit different from adidas and not the design template they’re now prone to using.
10 FK Crvena Zvezda (H)
9 Olympique Lyonnais (A)
8 Racing de Avellaneda (H)
7 Porto (A)
6 Juventus (H)
5 Vitesse Arnhem (H)
4 Corinthians (A)
3 Derby County (H)
2 Fulham (H)
1 PSV (H)
The Bordeaux jersey may belong in the worst section, but it’s a unique effort that doesn’t want to make us rip our eyes out. Manchester City have been taken on by Nike and have produced a nice white third choice, while Nike have thrown out a nice two-toned black away jersey for Turkish giants Galatasaray.
And some of the worst…
Despite their billions, the new PSG kit is a considerable downgrade from last year’s. Bolton Wanderers is included for its immense boringness, while French side SC Bastia have produced a truly dreadful third choice kit.