The best - and worst - new kits ahead of the 2020-21 season
The debate over new kits is at least one tradition that fans can continue as the football world prepares for a season featuring unprecedented changes. theScore takes a look at the good, bad, and ugly heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
The good 😍
Barcelona's new home kit might go down as an all-time classic. It's back to basics after years of tinkering (including their most recent checkered design), as Nike's fresh take on a classic design will see Barcelona return to vertical stripes at the Camp Nou.
The new Ajax away kit is a work of art. The Dutch champions will have one of the sharpest looks in the world when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off thanks to this masterpiece from Adidas, which pays tribute to the classic designs worn by Ajax's famous teams in the '80s and '90s.
AS Monaco (away)
Monaco's painfully bland dark green away kit is officially a thing of the past after the Ligue 1 club unveiled this eye-catching outfit. Nostalgic Monaco fans will especially love the new threads, as Les Monegasques pay tribute to the side that won the club's seventh league title 20 years ago.
Borussia Dortmund (home)
Maybe it's the color scheme, but Borussia Dortmund's wild new uniform was a risk worth taking. Though the lightning-style pattern might take some getting used to, it's a bold design that pairs well with Dortmund's famous home colors.
The bad 🤔
Manchester City (home)
Manchester City may have set the bar too high after churning out classy home looks year after year. Unfortunately, the attempt to pay homage to Manchester's iconic mosaics looks more like a puzzle of the ocean that's been jammed together by a 3-year-old.
It might be crazy to suggest a shirt sponsor could have a say during the design phase of a football kit. That's until you see the leaked image of Juventus' new kit and notice that a club sponsored by Jeep has vertical stripes that resemble tire marks. Though it's nice to see the club return to a more traditional look, the skid marks might throw off some fans.
Sponsors are generally easy to overlook, but that won't be the case when Chelsea take the pitch next season. Despite what looks to be a clean design, Chelsea's new sponsor, Three UK, might be one of the most unsightly logos to ever be emblazoned on a football jersey.
The ugly 🤮
The kind way to describe the rumored design for Arsenal's new away shirt - pictured on the right - would be to call it bold. The leaked images of the Adidas-designed shirt actually look very similar to Real Madrid's home top ... if it was worn during a bear attack. Arsenal fans must be thrilled.
Another north London club could produce a swing and a miss, as Tottenham join rivals Arsenal in potentially having one of the worst uniforms in the sport next season. Spurs might want to reassess their concept for a new home kit while it's still yet to be confirmed. Not even the bizarre watermark pattern can help this painfully plain top stand out.
Inter Milan (away)
Inter are the undisputed title-holders of the worst football kit with a shirt that some might mistake for a tablecloth. While other candidates are bound to emerge in the coming months, it's hard to imagine another team topping this monstrosity. If things go south next season for Inter, don't be surprised if this shirt is hanging on oven door handles by 2021.
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