Manchester City goes back 50 years for inspiration for 2017-18 kit

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We’ve reached the offseason for European soccer (with the exception of the two teams participating in this weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final), which means that it’s time for teams to start officially unveiling their new kits for the upcoming season. We covered Liverpool’s new kits, and now another big English club has revealed their new kit for next season, and that’s Manchester City.

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Manchester City’s new kit is very simple and also a return to the traditional look of a sky blue shirt, white shorts, and sky blue socks. There’s also maroon trim on the socks, which is a callback to the kit that the club wore back in 1967-68 when they won the English top division that season. City explained this in a press release that they sent to us:

The new Nike Vapor kit that Manchester City will be wearing as they pursue further success in 2017-18 features Aeroswift technology allied with classic detailing. The traditional City blue shirt has been updated to feature a modern round-neck with a white trim. This detail, along with the maroon band on the socks, evokes the club’s 1967-68 kit worn triumphantly by the likes of club legends Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell and Franny Lee.

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More recently, City wore maroon-and-white trim on their blue socks back in the 2010-11 season, but that was under the Umbro umbrella. The maroon was also much more prominent on those socks, as the maroon here appears to be just a single stripe. With that being said, it’ll definitely stand out from the rest of the kit.

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Overall, I’d definitely say that this is a pretty big upgrade from what Manchester City looked like this past season. It’s still a bit too template-y for my tastes, but at least it’s not a straight cookie-cutter design.

What do you all think? Is this a good look for the Citizens?