If you’re a supporter of either Real Madrid, Arsenal, or FC Porto it’s been a busy week for you on the teamwear front, as all three clubs have released at the very least their home kits for the upcoming 2015/16 season.
New kit time is always one of the most important parts of football’s silly season. It allows supporters to know if they’re going to be investing in some haute couture for match days or sticking with whatever they’ve got lying around the house for match days. So let’s take a gander at what the three clubs will be sporting for their upcoming campaign.
Puma’s up first with their latest Arsenal offering, and it’s a stylish, simple, and classy looking kit befitting the Gunners. The traditional red offering features two shades of red layered in a horizontal jacquard stripe pattern (yes I did have to look it up). This is combined with white sleeves which feature red piping, the big cat logo on each shoulder and to top it off gold trimmed sleeve cuffs combined with a gold trimmed shirt collar. Puma will also be producing a ladies specific version of the Arsenal kit for Arsenal L.F.C as shown on striker Danielle Carter in the image just above.
It’s definitely a less is more approach from Puma and I hate to admit (as I loathe Arsenal) that I love the kit. On the technical side the kit contains Puma’s patented dryCELL technology to keep moisture off the skin satisfying both player and supporter alike by keeping them as dry as possible.
You can find the full 2015/16 range of Arsenal gear including a team jacket with the Arsene Wenger specific zipper at soccer.com.
When you think about less is more it’s hard not to think about Los Merengues. The home kit certainly sticks to Real’s history offering up a plain white design but this one comes with an almost quilted pattern, that you can see on a close up image (below).
The idea behind Madrid’s historic white kit is that they view every new season as a blank canvas. The history and titles are great but the future is what matters. The inside of the kit also features the the inscription “hala madrid y nada más” (which translates to “Come on Madrid and nothing else”) which comes from the club anthem. The white kit is also teamed up with adidas’ iconic three stripes which are a striking silvery grey color.
Real Madrid also released their 2015/16 away kit this last week and sticking to the successful principles of simplicity it is an absolute stunner in striking grey which is dubbed Silver Glory. Whereas the home kit represents a blank slate of a new season, the Silver Glory colour represents all the trophies that Los Merengues have won in their history.
Teamed with fluorescent stripes, you get the idea that the Madrid away kit is more t-shirt than football kit. That’s thanks to the material which adidas debuted last season in Bayern Munich’s away kit. It looks and feels like cotton but still gives the performance you’ve come to expect from adidas and their patented Climacool technology.
The full line of Real Madrid kits and warm up gear for the 2015/16 season are available atsoccer.com.
Twenty-seven time Portuguese champions Porto are one of New Balance’s crown jewels. This season marks the clubs first season wearing New Balance kits. The home kit definitely pays homage to the historic Porto kits, with the classic blue and white striped pattern.
Technically the shirt features NB Dry which allows the wearer to keep cool and dry while active. The kit is also made from a quick drying moisture wicking material which dries quickly when exposed to moisture. As this is technically New Balance’s first go around with kits it’ll be interesting to see how their technology holds up to the more established brands.
It wasn’t just a home kit for Porto that was announced, as the 2015/16 away kit has also been released and it asks the question “What can brown do for you?”. Yes that’s right a brown away kit. Where Warrior were all about taking risks with visual designs, New Balance have taken a standard kit design and played with the colour. Early reactions haven’t been the most kind because well, it’s brown. However, there’s something about it I find fetching, I mean outside of FC St. Pauli, who has a brown kit?
Will it sell? Who knows? What I do know is that Porto won’t be clashing colours with another club when they’re wearing their away kits this season.
Currently you can find the Porto home kit at soccer.com, and while not currently available to purchase the away kit should be available very shortly.
What’s your opinion on the kits released from Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Porto? Would you be caught dead wearing a brown football kit? Leave us a comment down below with your thoughts.