Part two of my FIFA 17 kit tour takes us across Europe to examine the jerseys in Italy, Spain, France and Germany. In prior years I have done a separate post for each country but my expectations are higher and the bar has been raised on what impresses me in a uniform. So no longer will the white home kit from Real Madrid or the traditional blue and red striped Paris St. Germain jersey make the cut. Those are classics and they’re great but they don’t deserve to be called out here. I’m looking for unique, different, bizarre and creative uniforms that gave me a jolt of excitement.
Starting in France, a finalist for the best kit in the entire world belongs to Bordeaux and their alternate uniform which features images of the various landmarks of their city. The graphic prints cover the entire uniform in mosaic format. I’ve never seen anything like this on a football jersey, it’s truly a one of a kind specimen. The colors align with their alternate “wave” uniform from last season which I fell in love with as well. Congratulations to Puma on a wonderful shirt design.
Next we’ll jump over to Italy where Juventus has taken black and white to an elevated place with Zebra stripes on their jersey sleeves. The club is referred to as “Bianconeri” translated to “The White and Blacks” but they’re also known as “Le Zebre” aka the Zebras. The sleeves bring a nice flair without being overly obnoxious. I think there’s room for Juventus to play on this pattern in the future and do some really cool things. The Nike jerseys produced for Barca, Inter Milan and AS Roma this year are pretty lit. They feature luminescent striping with a duo of colors fading into one. It’s a really cool visual aesthetic and a dramatic improvement on last year’s jersey which featured a monochromatic neon colored shirt and shorts. Essentially an NFL Color Rush uniform but for the Nike teams (PSG, Inter, Juve, Man City, Barcelona).
The kits in Spain this year are a total disappointment. No club really went for it this year, a bunch of mediocre designs none of which are appealing. Rayo Vallecano continues their traditional sash style uniform with each jersey raising awareness for a specific cause. The kit featured here is for Breast Cancer Awareness which they had a similar grey jersey last season. Last year they also took a huge leap with a rainbow kit supporting seven different causes including LGBT rights. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona both have quality uniforms again this year but it’s a little bizarre both teams opted to wear purple for their secondary color. Barcelona’s is a deeper purple with pink accents while Real Madrid double dips into purple both with a full body away kit but also an elaborate geometric design on their alternate strip.
The last stop is Germany and similar to Spain I was very disappointed with this year’s assortment compared to some jerseys we saw in FIFA 16. Bayern and BVB Dortmund are both top of the class in overall kit presentation, I’ve featured their away and alternate uniforms respectively as I think each is the best of their lot. The second tier club St. Pauli continues to do good work on the uniform front. Not only do I like the Under Armour aspect but the colors (brown/white/red) are unique for soccer clubs and the paint brush design on the front is one I’ve always liked.