Taking a look at the innovative jerseys all around in Europe and the world, we have compiled a list of the Top Ten Jerseys for the 2012/13 season. Please keep in mind that it is just based on opinion. Some fans will feel outraged that their favorite jersey has been forgotten, others might not agree with the list, but it’s always interesting to see what other people think.
10. Adidas Real Madrid Home:
Personally being a Real Madrid fan, I didn’t like the kit at all. But, in action it doesn’t look that bad, more like it oozes sweat, hard work and adrenaline. It almost looks like a baseball jersey with a V neck and dark piping around the shoulders, sleeves and neck. The 110 years logo finds a special place in the sleeves and looks pretty fresh. As a novelty, the home kit uses navy blue and turquoise in its design, looking for contrasts in details. The retro spirit of the shirt is also represented in the effect produced by vertical lines in tonal contrast, while also having a slight, elegant and timeless v-neck design. It has been said that Adidas’ exclusive Climacool™ Technology has been implemented in this kit, which allows athletes to control their body temperature and facilitates transpiration thanks to the use of technical fabrics.
9. Nike Paris Saint-Germain Home:
The all purple shirt, along with purple sleeves, celebrates the heritage of the club badge, synonymous with the team and fans, whilst the red and white stripe graphic down the centre of the shirt adds contrast and detail. The kit is made from recycled water bottle, certainly one of the most eco-friendly jerseys of all time. An innovative manufacturing process reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing traditional polyester. Doesn’t it look like the Spiderman uniform?
8. Adidas Olympique Marseille Away:
After the unveiling of Elie Baup as the club’s new coach, L’OM’s new 2012/13 away jersey was officially unveiled on July 5, 2012 by Adidas. The kit has been sponsored by Intersport, and features the club’s 1970′s badge when the likes of Roger Magnusson, Skoblar and Bonnel led OM to two Ligue 1 and two Coupe de France titles. Sleek and neat, the old retro look with the shirt’s neck and sleeve cuffs that represents the French National Flag - the kit stands prompt at the seventh position. Eight isn’t that bad right?
7. Adidas Tigres UANL Away:
The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Club Deportivo Tigres or Tigres UANL, is a Mexican football club which plays in the Mexican Primera División. Rather unknown to the European fans, the club has come up with a pretty elegant jersey this time around. The Tiger watermark attempt seems like a huge success, and the Adidas yellow stripes just complements the kit. The new away kit will be Tigres’ alternative strip to its home kit for the Mexican Apertura 2012 and Clausura 2013 seasons and for the team’s 2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Seventh is where it stands!
6. Adidas Ajax Away:
Maybe this is just me, but this kit really appeals for your attention. The green neck line and finish to the sleeves looks quite funky, and the shirt now also features three stars embroidered above the Ajax badge in recognition of the club’s thirty (3 x 10) league titles. Although blue in color, it is paired with bright green shorts. Quite a combination! An odd but bright kit, a sixth position in my opinion.
5. Adidas Swansea Home:
‘With the excitement building up ahead of another Premier League campaign, we have got preparations underway with a brand new kit.’ – Extract from the Swansea Official Website.
Swansea marked their 100 years in the game with the unveiling of their new home kit. The new look sees the club stick with the traditional white home strip, but with a new centenary badge, sponsor logo and adidas stripes all turned gold. It might seem like the Real Madrid 2011-12 kit is being recycled, but anyway the jersey screams royalty and class. Often compared with Barcelona for their passing style, the kit fits perfectly matches with their manager, Michael Laudrup who is an ex-Real Madrid and ex-Barcelona player himself! Fifth place for the elegant whites.
4. Adidas Bayern Munich Third:
Pretty neat, but trendy. The design in the chest area along with the red stripes is eye-catching and the black color gives you a nice feeling. The club sponsor printed across the center has been placed perfectly. The border lines might look like orange to the naked eye, but I think it’s what Adidas calls “infrared”, which is a very bright scarlet color. Initially, it was officially unveiled by the Bavarian giants on July 9, 2012, but had been put for sale online by kit makers Adidas later. Sits tight at fourth.
3. Adidas Chelsea’s Third:
The shirt dawns a combination of flaming ‘sun’ yellow and black, and futuristic design breaks all notions of contemporary football shirt aesthetics. The symmetrical yellow lines gives you the ‘Transformers’ esque feeling, another great one from Adidas. Apparently, Chelsea released an official statement as well: “The striking sun graphic on the front of the black shirt creates a contrast in colours, giving the impression of power, while the fade in the graphic represents speed. The Chelsea badge is black and white and stands out against the sun graphic.” Makes it easily to the top three, and can even give the top a run for their money.
2. Nike Netherlands Away Jersey:
The Netherlands’s Away National Team Kit represented the inherent style and authority of Dutch football in a sophisticated new black design, but it’s not something you normally see from the team. The black jersey significantly justifies the lethal approach to the game that the Dutch apply, with a striking orange panel to keep the touch of ‘Oranje’. The shocking thing about the jersey is that each of the kits is made using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles. In addition, it is embedded with ‘Nike Dri-FIT’ technology, the kits help to regulate players temperatures on the pitch by removing sweat from the body to keep them dry and cool faster than ever before. The kit stands firm in the second pole position.
1. Adidas Olympique Lyon Third:
At the top of the list, we have something that is the first 3D football shirt in modern history. Yes, THREE DIMENSIONAL! This third OL jersey 2012/13 has been made by Adidas and will be worn by Lyon in Europe next season. It was officially unveiled on April 27, 2012. The shirt contains 3D textures that will be visible only to viewers with 3D glasses. Certainly a cool gimmick, it will be awkward if the fan sitting next to me pulls on a pair of 3D glasses. Lyon will be hoping their box office can pull in half as much as Avatar’s did.
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