Top 10 New Kits 2013

by Back Page Football

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)

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9 Olympique Lyonnais (A)

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8 Racing de Avellaneda (H)

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7 Porto (A)

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6 Juventus (H)

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5 Vitesse Arnhem (H)

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4 Corinthians (A)

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3 Derby County (H)

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2 Fulham (H)

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1 PSV (H)

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Honourable mentions…

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.

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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.

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8 Responses

  1. Joshua Dunham says:

    Boy someone really likes vertical stripes (bars), 5 out of your top 10. Otherwise it looks like you just like simplicity, because that’s how the other 5 look, simple. I think your “best of” list is actually uninspiring. The honorable mentions are much better choices for the year. Just saying you didn’t try very hard to find the diamonds in the rough when doing this list.

  2. Simplicity is always good, while stripes have been the staple of good football shirts from amateur up to the top for decades.

    What diamonds in the rough have we missed?

  3. Miguel Abreu says:

    I think you played to safely on this top. I think Juventus doesn’t count since their home kit is the same every season and Derby’s one is really boring.
    Adidas is easily loosing the market to Nike, their kits (with a few exceptions) are bad. PSV is a fair one!

    I think the honourable mentions are top-worthy (except Bordeaux) and I really like the new PSG.

    Glad to see a portuguese team there, the new Porto away kit is really good and I am really sorry that Benfica (who I support) as a really bad kit this season.

    Check out J-League and Chinese Superleague kits, they are really good (Nike dominated tho).

  4. Einar says:

    The Spurs Home shirt is better looking than Fulham’s … :/

  5. To be fair, this list was put together prior to that coming out.

  6. Neil Sherwin Neil Sherwin says:

    Re: the Juve one being included, it’s there because it’s a lot better than previous ones and has been kept simple. It has a retro look and a lot of that has to do with the black and white sponsor which blends well into the shirt.

    Previous Juve sponsors have had red/green or yellow logos for example which ruined the aesthetics. This harps back to the non intrusive days of Ariston in the 80s and the Platini era.

    Definite improvement on recent years.

  7. Home Thompson says:

    Immense boringness for Bolton’s kit but you include PSV’s, Fulham & Derby in the top 10. Stripes become repetitive quickly and it looks like you have a hard on for them. I’ve seen plenty better than this crap

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