The new season is just around the corner, and the summer tours have shown the world the many home, away and third sets that 2022-23 will bring. will be worn in the best European clubs. These shirts range from the classic – check out Arsenal’s simple yet perfectly executed home kit – to the downright ugly – yes, Tottenham, we’re looking at you. how your away kit can be both boring and infuriating?
However, it is often overlooked that teams offer warm-ups ready for kick-off. They often don’t get a lot of airtime on TV, appearing only briefly as team news graphics appear over images of players walking before games.
It gives the designers of the world’s most famous sports brands the chance to go wild and bring us the kind of fashion disasters we haven’t seen since former Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp, Steve McManaman and Co. stopped by those infamous white suits before 1996 FA Cup Final. They thought we wouldn’t notice, but nothing gets past us.
It’s time to don your sunglasses to protect yourself from the offending color combinations and analyze the weirdest, boldest and just plain worst pre-match outfits players from Europe’s biggest clubs have to endure during their warm-up.
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To start us off we have Arsenal who have yet to officially release their pre-match kit and judging by the “leaked” images, they are right to hesitate. It is a monster, a piece of abstract art that has Henri Matisse rolling in his grave. The geometric design is loud, the colors are clashing, the vibes are off (even with a hint of the classic ‘smashed bananas’ set favored by Arsenal fans). This won’t be the last time you see this adidas template, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This one isn’t that bad. It looks like a gentle sea lapping onto the shore, giving new meaning to the term ‘wavy clothes’. Like the collar of the new home kit, the pattern is actually formed from components of the club’s badge.
Here’s another surprisingly good deal. Liverpool went for more intricate detailing in a deeper, richer red, making this kit look, dare we say, almost regal.
City of Manchester (Cougar)
Wait a minute: maybe clubs are getting classier this season? Described as a “bright mesh design combined with sharp edges,” this blue and white number is pretty good. black and gray version.
Manchester United (Adidas)
Oh no, it doesn’t matter. The usual services are up for grabs as Manchester United bring us their own version of the adidas template. Perhaps United fans didn’t really feel sorry for Harry Maguire in pre-season, but directed their anger at this abomination, which United describe as “a clash of the club’s colors and classic Adidas design”.
Tottenham Hotspur (Nike)
There’s no easy way to say this: Spurs’ pre-match shirt looks like it’s been sewn using the waistband of discarded boxer shorts. The Spurs website says: “This striking blue graphic design has been finished off with our historic Spurs rooster patch… so everyone knows which team you support.” Thanks for that, I wouldn’t have guessed you were a Spurs fan considering you only have 100 sticky notes all over the shirt.
Atletico Madrid (Nike)
🚨| Leaked: Atlético Madrid 2022-2023 shirt before the match 👕
– Atletico Universe (@atletiuniverse) in 2022 June 30
Atletico’s pre-match shirt, which is on sale but has yet to be officially unveiled, is a little different; it’s a bit like a comic book montage at the beginning of a Marvel movie. In fact, the design features a red background with black illustrations of locations closely linked to the club’s history: the former home of the Estadio Vincente Calderon, the new Metropolitano stadium and where they celebrate titles, the Fountain of Neptune.
In the classics blaugrana Barca, this warm-up set looks like a really complicated maze that will drag you deeper into its depths with no way out, much like the current financial situation of the club.
Real Madrid (Adidas)
Tired of the adidas template now, but this is probably the classiest and cleanest version out there. Like their style of play, Real Madrid know how to get the job done.
Bayern Munich (Adidas)
For now, at least, it looks like Bayern are content to warm up in the same shirt they wear in training. Which, like the design of the sweaters themselves, is too clever to be interesting for the purposes of this exercise.
Borussia Dortmund (Cougar)
This Puma number uses the same template as Manchester City’s, but BVB’s black and yellow add another layer of sparkle to a design that already has plenty of it. They may have lost the battle for Erling Haaland, but they won the war for the best warm-up. According to Dortmund, “each pre-match shirt has its own pattern that is different from the other shirts.” Big if true.
AC Milan (Cougar)
It’s another Puma offering and you’ll see a pattern emerge – literally. Milan’s version is slightly better than Man City’s and slightly worse than Dortmund’s. But at least they’re all an improvement on the drab template used in those clubs’ third kits last season.
Inter couldn’t have been much worse in 2021-22. a shirt that looked like someone had made the concept of soil erosion a t-shirt.
Fortunately, they actually came back with a pretty impressive number. Aesthetically, it’s not too bad, as the different shades of blue and the asymmetric patterns work quite nicely. It was inspired by the name of the club FC Internazionale, which, when it was founded in 1908, took the title to show that it welcomed international players as much as Italian players. The flags on the shirts represent this multiculturalism, which is pretty cool.
This Adidas number – worn pre-match but not yet available to buy – is almost identical to the Man United shirt, but Juventus have gone with better colours. Can the same be said for a certain outstanding midfielder who has arrived in Turin this season?
Paris Saint-Germain (Jordan)
In PSG’s fourth year of collaboration with Jordan Brand, this pre-match shirt is more of what we’ve come to expect. At the crossroads of football and basketball aesthetics, this cool two-tone number probably doesn’t fit the bill at the end of this list because it’s actually very understated and beautiful, unlike that crazy PSG frontline.