Written by Jon Clarke
As far as fashion goes, football jerseys are a bit of an oddball. We know categorically that most girls don’t really like them, and the only acceptable time to wear one to the pub is if your team is actually playing. That said, we attach a nostalgic affection to certain tops, linking them with a specific player or memorable victory, which makes them irrationally beautiful.
Take the 1999 Manchester United goalkeeper jersey. By every account it is hideous. It’s a 90’s cocktail of lime green, Umbro arm piping, and a large Sharp sponsor logo. There’s little fashion merit to it. But, because the legendary Peter Schmeichel wore that jersey throughout the famous treble season, it’s taken on a whole new meaning in many United fan’s eyes. And this applies to many teams and players around the world.
But we’re not here to discuss how on-paper hideousness can turn into nostalgic masterpieces. We’re here to look at football jerseys that are genuine, stand-alone works of art. The kind of tops that make a casual fan drool, and even a rival fan concede that it’s ‘nice’.
Think 2005 Arsenal. The iconic 1981 Boca Junior’s kit. That 2015 Roma jersey. More recently, PSG’s 2017 all-black third kit. But this season, a new contender entered the fray, and of course it’s from Italy…
A brief history of the Juventus kit
As the most successful team in Italian football, Juve have had quite the history of incredible jerseys. Famously, their black and white stripes derive from a true story (albeit urban-legend-sounding) involving a kit mix-up with Notts County back in 1903. Ever since, it’s been the Turin side that’s gone on to make the stripes iconic, as they’ve become one of the most recognisable and feared European sides in the world.
The 1990's kits frequently featured Sony MiniDisc as a sponsor, Kappa on the sleeves, and an ethereal Del Piero cutting in from the left and curling a peach into the top right corner. Then came that beautiful 2005 Champions League only blue kit, with Sky Sports as a sponsor and finished in the Total 90 Nike design.
And just last year they celebrated their 120th anniversary as a club, fittingly releasing one of the most beautiful homage kits we’ve ever seen…
Clean, simple, iconic. This is as close to homage kit perfection as one can get.
It would seem the trend of Juve producing exceptional kits isn’t going away either, as this season they revealed a fresh new third kit, fit for a king…
That Juventus 2018/19 Away Kit
When we say fit for a king, we mean Cristiano Ronaldo. Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the last six months, you’ll know that one of the greatest footballers to grace the game decided to join The Old Lady this summer. He’s had quite the start to life in italy, scoring five times, turning provider four times, and winning all but one of the nine games played so far.
But by now, you’ve come to expect such stats from the Portuguese talisman, and we’re here to talk about the away kit. Just take a look at this…
Sharp: the Juventus 18/19 away kit (above, modelled by Paulo Dybala) looks fresh out of Versace’s latest collection.
Juventus have a history of opting for unusual colours for their away kits (remember that weird photo of Drake wearing their pink one?), but we think the champagne-esque hue to this latest design is perfect. It’s classy, discreet and well executed. Paired with their new logo - which intends to make Juventus more of a brand than a club - the finish on show with this top is unmistakably Italian.
And while they look good on the pitch, they’ll be hoping to add some substance to that, as they go in search of that elusive Champions League trophy.
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