Euro 2012 Kits

Posted by John Devlin

Just added a post on all the Euro 2012 kits – you can read it here


Euro 2012 Kits

Posted by John Devlin

There’s a strong array of kits for this summer’s Euro 2012 championship with some fine efforts from all manufacturers. They’re certainly better than the Euro 2008 designs which in retrospect were fairly dull with too much emphasis on simple two-colour designs. The fact that there was such an over-riding quantity of red or white strips didn’t help in terms of variety either (although yet again this year red and white seem to dominate, especially in Group A).

For me this year adidas probably have the strongest roster in terms of incorporating tradition (e.g. the return of green to Germany’s away strip) and elegance but on the downside their templates have been pretty much the same for many years now with no adventurous thinking in terms of the application of their three stripes and the by now tired approach to their stitched/seamed panels.

There are some strong ideas from Umbro who have three teams in the tournament and Puma also have some interesting designs although on the whole I’m a little disappointed with their kits this year.

The real pick of the bunch though in my view is Nike’s French kits, especially the home, which I consider to be one of the best kits for several years. The firm have embraced the challenge of producing the France strips since taking over the contract from long-term incumbents adidas, and have excelled themselves with some forward thinking, stylish, suave and typically French outfits.

Can’t wait to see the kits in action this summer…

GROUP A

poland-homepoland-away

greece-homegreece-away

russia-homerussia-away

czech-homeczech-away

GROUP B

holland-homeholland-away

denmark-homedenmark-away

germany-homegermany-away

portugal-homeportugal-away

GROUP C

spain-homespain-away

italy-homeitaly-away

ireland-homeireland-away

croatia-homecroatia-away

GROUP D

ukraine-homeukraine-away

sweden-homesweden-away

france-homefrance-away

england-homeengland-away


An Apology and a Blast from the 70s

Posted by John Devlin

I thought I owed you all an apology for the relative lack of updates on the site lately. As some of you will be aware the responsibilities of my 9 to 5 design job increased massively at Christmas meaning a huge amount of increased stress and pressure, not to mention not much spare time in which to indulge my kit obsession!

I’m hoping that things are beginning to settle down a bit and I will be able to crack on with the hundreds of kit-related updates and projects that I have planned. Please bear with me, there’s plenty coming soon!

In the meantime, I discovered this little gem at the weekend in the Topical Times Book of Football 1979. Its a very rare glimpse into the football kit production world of the 1970s – enjoy!

umbro-70s