We are a few days into the FIFA 16 release and while there is always times for reviews and critique my favorite part about the game are the kits. Even if your team sucks you might as well look sharp on the field. Per my yearly tradition I’m going to go league by league and highlight the best kits in FIFA 16. Since the Barclay’s Premier League is the Mercedes Benz of soccer leagues I went all out and took a screenshot of every team and each jersey in the game. There are some clear winners (Everton, Swansea, Leicester) and clear losers (Tottenham, Liverpool).
One of the common themes for 2016 are the Puma ‘jacquard quilted pattern’ you’ll see on numerous kits throughout this season (Arsenal, Leicester City, Newcastle). The Arsenal ones are a direct assault on your eyes with the gold body and navy sleeves. This must be a homage to their Sega gold jerseys from 15 years ago when the Gunners won their last double. FIFA doesn’t do them justice because they are a shiny sateen finish and they’re just horrible. Ever since Arsenal switched from Nike to Puma their jersey game has declined drastically. Their jerseys match their game play style, abhorrent.
The other theme for the new year is black alternate jerseys. Chelsea is going that route again, Manchester United and Arsenal as well. Across Europe other teams like PSG and Juventus have joined the fad too. Chelsea’s black jersey are wild, they have a bit of a zebra striping effect on the tops and the shorts have a gradient going from black to grayish white. Manchester United’s black jersey are similar but a geometric design drawn from inspiration for their early 1990’s uniform covers the chest and trim of the shorts. Adidas brought back this style for Manchester United’s Champions League play where they have traditionally worn black. This is a dramatic improvement compared to their navy and red alternate jersey from last season.
This is the first year in a long time that I think Manchester City has really whiffed on all their kits. They kept their classic powder blue home jersey but I’m not digging the white collar and cuffs. It’s not bad looking but compared to other ones Nike has produced these are disappointing. Their away jersey with the blue moon pattern on the sleeve are creative but atrocious. I love the overall color scheme with the neon blue but I see no reason to incorporate the moon design on the sleeves. Finally the third kit to me is just a throw away by Nike. It’s a generic neon jersey with gradient black on the sleeves, Barcelona has their own version of this uniform but for some reason it’s not in the game. They are similar to last year where Man City, United, Inter Milan, Barca, Juve and PSG all shared the same jersey style just with different colors.