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August 21st, 2015, 5:45 am #51

If only Puma could sign Rodrigo Palacio...
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August 31st, 2016, 3:12 pm #52

So for fans of the pure whiteness look, two national teams will be playing in one-off kits this week.
Italy with their 2006 anniversary tribute:

While Denmark now have Hummel making their kits again, and have decided to commemorate it with what the designers call a "blank page":
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August 31st, 2016, 3:43 pm #53

mattsanger92 wrote:
what the designers call a "blank page":
This reminds me of that bit in Spinal Tap when the new album has just a plain black cover...
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September 17th, 2016, 9:47 am #54

So... anyone heard of a sportswear company called Palm Tree?
During some idle browsing on eBay I came across this with many more 'rare shirts' in the Australian seller's profile, thought it might be of interest that someone's presumably out there making kits for these places for fun, but then a search for the same combination (Niue + Palm Tree) showed that someone in Japan is also selling under the Palm Tree name, but with a different design for the Niue shirt.
Both sellers seem to have a mixture of obscure national team kits from real sources, probably fake kits from possibly real sources (a known brand like AMS but a kit for a team like Biafra which suggests the 'known' AMS kits could actually be fakes), and Palm Tree, which can currently be filed under 'nice hobby, those national teams should get in touch'. Maybe they're all real, maybe they're all fake, probably something inbetween, who knew eBay could be such a brainteaser? Not that I've bought any, just that it's an interesting thing to have found.
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September 17th, 2016, 3:27 pm #55

At the risk of Geoffing, people like to make money by selling fake stuff, and choosing super-obscure teams to fake probably avoids any serious legal hassle that might come from faking (say) Liverpool or Brazil shirts. Of course, the catch of faking obscure stuff is that usually there is very little demand, unless they are so obscure that that itself becomes a virtue again.
I don't know why they don't just be up front about it and say "this is obviously just a mock up, but for you nerds looking for something quirky to wear it will still do the job just as well".

One of our forum members is/was one of the leading international football shirt collectors, so perhaps he can chip in on that. We will presumably be told that these are terrible fakes and they don't "count" for real collectors and only the genuine contracted manufacturers' shirts count. Though of course, this argument falls down when you see actual national teams wearing the "fake" versions themselves... apparently preferring not to use (or unable to access) the "genuine" ones. And there have been plenty of "genuine" manufacturers' shirts which have never been worn in a real match.
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September 30th, 2016, 3:09 pm #56

We have another "idol"...According to Linguasport, during the 1928 Olympic Games match between Argentina and United States: "The US goalkeeper Albert Cooper dressed like a jockey in this game, which caused much hilarity in the crowd".
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December 13th, 2016, 5:43 pm #57

So Senegal have dropped the Puma and got themselves a Rastafarian Lion instead...
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January 7th, 2017, 9:13 am #58

Mexican club Atlas are taking 'half-and-half' kits a bit further:

Could have put in more effort with the socks though.
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January 7th, 2017, 2:58 pm #59

Maybe they took inspiration from an actual atlas, and noted that the globe is half in light and shade.
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June 20th, 2017, 7:43 am #60

So of course cookie-cutter kits from the big brands are a thing even for the biggest teams, but you'd think they could put a little more effort in on the international stage...
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June 20th, 2017, 7:19 pm #61

They should just go back to the good old days, when African and Asian football was still exotic, and we saw shirts with the country's name written on the front in large letters.
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June 22nd, 2017, 5:11 am #62

mattsanger92 wrote:
So of course cookie-cutter kits from the big brands are a thing even for the biggest teams, but you'd think they could put a little more effort in on the international stage...
Very similarly, over the 1990 World Cup, the goalkeeper kits of Czechoslovakia and USA were identical.
nfm24 wrote:
They
should just go back to the good old days, when African and Asian
football was still exotic, and we saw shirts with the country's name
written on the front in large letters.
But nothing can beat Bolivia at the 1930 World Cup, with "VIVA URUGUAY" written on their jerseys...
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June 22nd, 2017, 3:56 pm #63

I just hope some day Liechtenstein and England line up for a match with identical kits before identical national anthem recordings.
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July 4th, 2017, 7:32 am #64

This new Sporting Lisbon away kit has managed to find a bit of innovation... that's a message in braille under the badge and morse code in the hoops:
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July 4th, 2017, 3:10 pm #65

Now we know why bad defenders pull players' shirts ... they are checking whether the player is on their own team! This explains a lot of the defending I've seen recently.
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July 6th, 2017, 2:29 pm #66

More on new club kits for the season ahead, Fiorentina have gone and done the (probably) unprecedented move of having five kits for the season ahead, interesting/excessive idea but design-wise looks like they just used Microsoft Paint on the same template, nothing much innovative there unless they'll be playing in those shorts...
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July 13th, 2017, 12:59 pm #67

Puma have put themselves up there as one of the more ambitious kit launches of all-time, revealing away kits for 23 clubs at once under a common theme. They call this piece "Step Out of the Shadows"  (which was probably what Rudi Dassler was telling himself every day):
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July 13th, 2017, 3:47 pm #68

Rubbish.
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July 22nd, 2017, 7:32 am #69

A couple of years on from getting the shirt sponsorship of the club, Heaven Shall Burn have now donated that space to the Wacken Foundation, organiser of a German heavy metal festival.
Not sure why something that's only held once a year needs to advertise itself for a whole season (guessing just by their site that they do a bit more than that), but I guess it was an easy decision for them to make with no price attached:
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July 22nd, 2017, 10:07 am #70

Learned something new today - apparently those lazy cookie-cutter kits for lower-ranked European national teams by Adidas weren't all in some 'pile it high and design it cheap' scheme for getting as much presence in international football as possible - it still kind of was but it turns out it was more of a charitable venture between them and UEFA called the 'Kit Assistance Scheme', apparently doing it this way saved the 8 participating FAs €300k/year.
But now the contract is being taken over by Macron, who are promising completely unique kits for each team, sounds like it was a decent scheme already but this is a welcome improvement considering even the smallest of African nations are able to get their own designs.
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July 24th, 2017, 4:44 pm #71

Out of the new kits for this season, for some reason I really like this one from Flamengo:

Ironic that it was apparently designed by a fan in honour of the Maracana... before the club had a disagreement with the stadium and no longer play there.
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August 12th, 2017, 9:30 am #72

mattsanger92 wrote: More on new club kits for the season ahead, Fiorentina have gone and done the (probably) unprecedented move of having five kits for the season ahead
Turkish club Osmanlispor see that and raise them ten (five are GK kits but still):

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August 13th, 2017, 8:19 pm #73

Interesting that "Replacement" is known as "Spare" when he turns his back.  

Also Outfield #1 has a "back", while all other outfield players have a "rear".
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August 14th, 2017, 1:12 pm #74

Probably "rear" just refers to the shorts.
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September 7th, 2017, 6:37 pm #75

Interesting thing from UEFA today talking about colour blindness, nice simple visual of what people with it see regarding kits, although the article would have them seeing double...

As unfortunate as it is for those people though I like variation of colours too much to get completely on board with this scheme (also I've won white v white matches on video games before, not going to pretend it wasn't more difficult though). American sports are all about the 'white v colour jerseys' thing though... either incredible levels of forsight for these situations or just quirky traditions...
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November 6th, 2017, 3:09 pm #76

Adidas releasing their range of World Cup kits inspired by the past, set to be combined with a very Soviet font.

At least they avoided falling into their previous trap of including teams in the launch that went on to not qualify for the tournament... they've unveiled similarly-themed kits for Northern Ireland and Sweden but left them out of any photo ops that could come back to bite.

And in interesting observations, saw Chorley FC running out in their FA Cup game tonight with kits made by Ellan Vannin's EV2 brand, apparently they've branched out overseas then.
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November 7th, 2017, 2:06 pm #77

But I presume the Mexican goalkeepers won't wear the legendary multi-coloured Jorge Campos' kits. Shame.
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November 7th, 2017, 5:43 pm #78

Why hasn't Adidas been shut down by the FBI yet?
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November 17th, 2017, 6:18 pm #79

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December 4th, 2017, 9:56 am #80

Apparently only a training kit, but Tuvalu have taken a team photo in something interesting to say the least.
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December 11th, 2017, 7:22 pm #81

Some might say excessive, some might say nessecary, probably a sliding scale of both depending on the circumstance, the World Cup will surely continue a major tournament tradition of enforcing kit changes (however unusual the kit they're dealing with or the rule itself) on teams next summer to ensure maximum visual clarity.

Having said that though the [UEFA] Champions League looks to be stealing a lot of that thunder by forcing home clubs into change kits if there's too many 'clashes' with the away side.

Particularly looking forward to how FIFA get around the conundrum of 🇦🇷 (light blue & white or black) vs 🇮🇸 (probably blue or white)...
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December 13th, 2017, 8:13 am #82

I miss the good old 1930 Bolivia's kits, with "VIVA URUGUAY" written on the jerseys...
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January 26th, 2018, 1:01 pm #83

Adidas and Argentina trying to get in on the 'retro kit' market, maybe a bit too much attention to detail though...
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January 26th, 2018, 4:47 pm #84

... a remake of Argentina's iconic 1993 Copa America-winning jersey ...
...
Maradona's iconic number 10 is printed on the back
Maradona didn't play in the 1993 Copa América.
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January 27th, 2018, 4:26 am #85

Maybe a bit too little attention to detail then... although Maradona did play in that kit, just not in a Copa America setting. Either that or the people buying that retro kit are immortalising another Diego...
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January 27th, 2018, 7:18 am #86

mattsanger92 wrote: In a similar but less excuse-y tale to Manchester United's infamous half-time kit swap away to Southampton, Costa Rica U20 played the Netherlands in the opening match of the 2015 Toulon Tournament today, the first half in their navy training tops, before coming out for the second half in their red home shirts, which must have just been in the dryer or something...
This is of course always going to be extremely rare for international football, but just how rare? I know a special case was in 2004, when France played Brazil in a FIFA Centenery friendly, with Brazil turning out in the first half in white 'retro kits' before reverting to normal at half-time...
Uzbekistan joined the list during the AFC U23 Championship Final today, first half was played in their first-choice all-white kit, but they came out after a long delay for the second half wearing blue shirts. Guessing the blizzard they were playing in may have influenced the decision (definitely influenced the delay)...

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February 6th, 2018, 2:58 pm #87

What about Ghana's shirt from the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations, with the black star on its back?


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February 6th, 2018, 3:31 pm #88

Yes that was a classic style they had (on and off) for a long period, including their "classic" years in the 1960s.
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February 8th, 2018, 2:10 pm #89

Speaking of Africa and 'classic', Nike have followed Adidas' 'modern throwback' trend for Nigeria's new kits, they just took it beyond the realms of subtlety for a proper 'pretend the 90s never left' look...
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February 23rd, 2018, 7:02 am #90

A couple of oddities at club level both involving Arsenal, apparently almost ending up playing a cup final in unfamiliar red shorts because of fears it would clash, until the strange episode was ended.

Technically it does clash if we go by international standards, but it's not as big a deal for countries to change their kits (if you stretch far enough you could probably apply any colour to any country with significant meaning somehow), clubs have played hundreds more games in their designated 'traditional look' so it's more controversial when something like that gets forced on them. And it does of course only seem to be a recent trend, the last century or so hasn't provided any problems with that specific combination so it seems petty to try and change that on a little whim.

Meanwhile in the Europa League they had to follow UEFA's uber-strict rules on clashes and wear their away kit at home, as has happened on a few occasions in European competition for them.

But they weren't the only club out of their familiar colours on that pitch, a special mention to Ostersund's kit for these two games, white and gold is always a win 😎.
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February 23rd, 2018, 4:25 pm #91

I think professional football kits should be based on the same strips I played in at school, with shirts of random sizes (and random cleanliness) handed out before the match.  Or bibs.  Or just whatever shirts the players brought with them.  Anything to bring something a bit more interesting than the tedious sterile drabness of professional club football amongst mediocre identikit teams with uninspiring styles and players.
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March 2nd, 2018, 11:40 am #92

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March 2nd, 2018, 11:47 am #93

After starting the season with it at club level, Puma take their 'single-colour templating' to the international stage, in white this time.

Either they decided to just put something out there in what'll pretty much be a down year for them with so few of their contracted teams making the World Cup (freeing up time to focus on the next batch), or the designer just wanted to go home early...
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March 2nd, 2018, 2:33 pm #94

I prefer when France used Atlético Kimberley's jersey at Argentina '78. I hope at Russia '18 someone will leave their proper kits at the hotel and will have to wear the legendary CCCP shirts...
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March 3rd, 2018, 9:43 am #95

There is still time for a new Soviet Union to be formed before the Russian equivalent of Diana Ross kicks off.
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April 12th, 2018, 4:10 pm #96

So in the last few weeks a couple of teams taking on a weird trend of each player wearing 'unique but close enough, then auction it all off for charity' kits.

In the international break it was Denmark with their 'Frankensteins', and at club level Udinese had a design from each of their last 11 seasons being worn.
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April 13th, 2018, 2:37 pm #97

mattsanger92 wrote:

In the international break it was Denmark with their 'Frankensteins'
Talking about Denmark, beautiful kits and Hummel, how I loved Peter Schmeichel's Euro 1992 jersey. Great memories!
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April 15th, 2018, 11:14 am #98

I'm a couple of months late to the party with finding out about this one... 🎉🙂
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April 15th, 2018, 3:06 pm #99

That's just embarrassing.
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April 20th, 2018, 1:57 pm #100

Ew. But I guess a temporarily-visible sponsor pays more than no sponsor at all...
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