The newest colours of football clubs from the continent have majorly pleased the fans.
Over the past few weeks, almost all major European clubs announced the launch of their jerseys for the 2020-21 season, with some teams also opting to launch a third alternative kit. To be honest, it feels a bit odd this time because the ill-fated 2019-20 season is not yet over as we know, but despite so, the new kits have given fans a good reason to look forward to next season’s campaign.
Ideally, a good kit not only helps fans differentiate their team from their opponents on the pitch, but it also represents the club’s culture, history and traditions. That said, in this article, we will be taking a look at the best ten home jerseys in Europe – in no particular order – for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Over the past few years, Barcelona had been experimenting with the patterns in their home shirt, by using horizontal stripes in 2015-16 and thin vertical stripes in 2017-18 and 2018-19 before going for a never-seen-before chequered look in 2019-20. However, in the upcoming season, they will go back to the traditional vertical stripes.
The Catalan club’s latest home kit is a throwback to their Champions League-winning shirt from 2010-11 where they triumphed over Manchester United in the final at Wembley. They had also won the La Liga and Spanish Super Cup in the same season, and it marked an era of prime dominance for them under Pep Guardiola.
Hopefully the new shirt – which sports a yellow crew neck collar and the traditional thick vertical red and blue stripes – will help Lionel Messi and co. recollect their glory days and inspire them to win another Champions League trophy and La Liga title next season.
Puma has paid close attention to detail this season, as evident from some of their kits such as Italy’s away shirt for EURO 2021 and Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille’s away shirt. The same can be said about AC Milan’s black and red home shirt as well – the design down the black stripes alone makes this one of our absolute favourite shirts this time.
During the shirt’s launch, Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of the Serie A club, said, “The AC Milan jersey is symbolic, representing the pride and belonging of millions of fans around the world. The new design pays homage to tradition, culture and iconic architecture which is synonymous with our beautiful city of Milan. AC Milan is built on innovation, community, integrity and inclusiveness and Puma have effectively captured these core values within this elegant new design.”
And indeed they have. As a matter of fact, we cannot wait to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic storming the pitch in these new threads.
The French are huge fans of flamboyance and Stade Rennais and Puma might well have produced one of the most flamboyant kits this summer with an Isidore Odorico (to those who do not know, he is a French mosaicist) – inspired home kit that pays homage to the architecture and designs of the city.
The Puma Stade Rennais 20-21 home shirt introduces a bespoke look in the club’s traditional colors red and black, combined with white logos. The unique graphic that covers the front and sleeves of the jersey, is in line with Puma’s current “Crafted from Culture” theme as evident from shirts of AC Milan, Manchester City, and so on.
In this case, the graphic remembers French mosaicist Isidore Odorico as mentioned earlier. Odorico lived in Rennes between 1893 and 1945. He had a big passion for football and even played for Stade Rennais before becoming its president in the 1930s. The school that works with the Stade Rennes academy is named after him.
As you can see, the shirt is a must-buy for fans.
The Nike official website’s description of Galatasaray’s kit colours read “vivid orange and pepper red.” Just one look at the new home shirt of the Turkish giants will tell you that the above description is perfect.
Over the past few seasons, Galatasaray have made it a point to look striking and this is another bold design from them. Design-wise, the Nike shirt has an “art” theme with a brushstroke effect appearing at the border of the two colours. Galatasaray’s new home jersey is based on the Nike template for the 2020-21 season, in this case featuring a simple crew neck and zig-zag stripes on the sides.
The orange and red shirt is definitely one of our favourites, and we would not be surprised to see it being sold like hot cakes in various football markets across the world.
If you are an active social media user, you will be aware about the huge ripples created by AFC Ajax’s new away kit. However, that unfortunately led to a lack of appreciation for the home shirt which, in our opinion, is equally brilliant if not more.
As you can see, the Ajax home shirt is obviously less original than the grey number that the team will wear on trips to away grounds – but it’s still a really classic design. You can see it everywhere – starting from the sponsor logos and the sleeve design, to the width of the red stripe down the front. If you ask me, this is the sort of shirt you will look back on in 20 years and wish you had bought at the time – so if you are a collector, do not let yourself regretting your decision later.
Simple yet elegant – this is how we will describe Leicester City’s home jersey for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Blue with white and gold is a tricky colour combination as proved by the Foxes themselves over the years, but this time, they have succeeded to produce a shirt that is not only pleasing to the eyes but which also reflects the culture and history of the club.
Based on the “Condivo 20” template, the Adidas Leicester City 2020-21 home shirt introduces a clean look in blue with white and gold piping on the cuffs. The Adidas stripes, which sit on the shoulders of the jersey, are white.
A bold new zig-zag design has been incorporated into Inter‘s home kit for 2020-21. Just like in Barcelona’s case, Nike had been using Inter Milan’s shirts to defy stereotypes in the past few seasons, by trying their best to stay away from the traditional and black and blue vertical stripes.
As you can see, teir latest zig-zag approach offers a post-modern update while also evoking Il Biscione – the snake symbol of Milan. Featuring a crew-neck collar, the traditional Nerazzurri colourway abides, as the sponsor names and player identities remain white in colour.
Romelu Lukaku and co have already created a big impact with the new home shirt, having progressed all the way to the final of the 2019-20 Europa League. Now, only a victory remains between them and the grand trophy.
The Dortmund-based club are kings of experimentation when it comes to their jerseys. This time again, they have not disappointed us, by introducing a bold design with lightning graphics as you can see below.
Speaking about the design which is the most striking aspect of the shirt, the black graphic print on a yellow background that covers most of the front, is inspired by the metro station “Westfalenhalle”, which is the one closest to the stadium. The colors (Cyber Yellow & Puma Black) are the same as those used in the previous seasons.
Due to the club switching sponsors, their new home shirt is sponsored by 1&1. Former sponsors Evonik will continue to be the sponsor in the German Cup, the Champions League and international friendlies.
The Danish sportswear brand’s kits are highly underrated, and Everton’s new home shirt is a classic example. The Merseysiders wore Umbro’s kits until last season, but switched allegiances earlier this year and it now seems that they have hit it off almost immediately.
As you can see, Hummel’s iconic chevrons on their shoulders and sleeves complete Everton’s look ahead of the upcoming 2020-21 campaign. As far as the home kit is concerned, its colour will be traditional blue with white chevrons and piping. Apart from parting ways with Umbro, the new kit will also have a fresh sponsor, with Cazoo replacing SportPesa.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have been trying so hard to lift the Champions League in the past few seasons. But to us, they are one of the clear winners in 2020-21 as far as home jerseys are concerned. Just take a look at Mauro Icardi’s shirt below and hopefully you will see what we are seeing.
The throwback Daniel Hechter-inspired design isn’t a surprise as we’ve seen photos leak over the past few months. The jersey was worn during PSG’s 50th anniversary and was a hit with fans.