Teams from Italy, Germany, France and Scotland unveiled new kits for the 2021-22 season over the past few days. Let’s take a closer look …
INTER MILAN – Home
Defending Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan and Nike are making a big departure from their usual home kit motif for 2021-22. Instead of blue and black vertical stripes, they are going with a tonal blue snakeskin pattern that still approximates vertical stripes in a nod to the biscione, a historical symbol of the city of Milan. The Nike logo and club crest are gold, while the V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs are black.
Inter’s long-running shirt sponsorship deal with tire company Pirelli came to an end after the 2020-21 season. While a new sponsor had not been announced by the time of the unveiling, it’s expected they’ll have one in time for the start of the 2021-22 Serie A season.
AS ROMA – Home
Inter’s Serie A rivals AS Roma and New Balance have unveiled a home kit for 2021-22 that keep things simple. It’s solid in Roma’s signature shade of deep red, with yellow-orange accents on the sleeve cuffs. The front of the shirt has tonal red pinstripes, and the collar is solid red as well.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN – Home
German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen are turning back the clock for 2021-22, featuring red and black vertical stripes on their Jako-manufactured home kit for the first time since 2005-06. (In the years between, Bayer’s home kits have mainly been black with some red accents.) The crew neck collar is mainly black with white trim, and diagonal white stripes run part of the way down each side of the shirt. The club crest is rendered in monochromatic black and white.
FC AUGSBURG – Away & Third
After unveiling their history-inspired home kit last week, FC Augsburg of the Bundesliga are back with their away and third kits for 2021-22, manufactured by Nike. The away kit features a tonal white checker pattern, with a solid white V-neck collar and sleeves cuffs.
Meanwhile, the third kit is black with white sponsor logos and Nike logo, and a monochromatic white club crest. The sleeves are grey with a black fingerprint pattern that Nike has used on several club and national team kits over the last couple of years.
VfL BOCHUM – Home, Away & Third
Nike is also outfitting another German team, VfL Bochum, for the 2021-22 Bundesliga season. For the home kit, though, they appear to be recycling the same template that Sevilla FC of La Liga is using for kits they unveiled earlier this month. The kit is navy blue, with white vertical pinstripes down the front. The sleeve cuffs and V-neck collar are solid white.
Meanwhile, Bochum’s away kit borrows from the templates Nike used for Tottenham Hotspur’s 2020-21 home kit (minus the tonal pattern) and Finland’s away kit at Euro 2020. It is solid white, with navy blue inserts on the shoulders, a navy blue collar and a navy blue stripe down each side.
Bochum’s third kit is a plain mint green kit with no other embellishments. The Nike and sponsor logos appear in black.
OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE – Away
French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille and Puma have released a new away kit for 2021-22 that features a zigzag pattern in various shades of blue. The back features a solid navy blue panel for the name and number, and that extends part of the way onto the shoulders. The club crest, Puma logo and sponsor logo are all white.
CLERMONT – Home, Away & Third
Clermont Foot 63 are about to embark on their first-ever French Ligue 1 season in 2021-22, and they’ll do so wearing kits made by Belgian sportswear company Patrick. The home kits are mainly red, with blue panels on the shoulders and a blue stripe down each side. The V-neck collar is blue with white trim, while the sleeves are blue with thick red stripes and white trim at the cuffs. The lower right side of the front of the jersey features a tonal depiction of ancient Gaul king Vercingetorix, who was born near where the modern-day city of Clermont is located.
Clermont’s away kit is mainly white, with red and blue paint stroke stripes across the chest. The V-neck collar is red with blue trim, as are the stripes on the sleeves. The depiction of Vercingetorix also appears on the away kit.
The third kit is mainly black, with a tonal map of the city of Clermont down the front. Sponsor logos and the club crest are rendered in monochromatic red. The V-neck collar is red with black trim, as is the stripes on the sleeves. A red stripe runs down each side.
CELTIC FC – Home
Scottish Premiership powerhouses Celtic FC had already unveiled their away and third kits for 2021-22, and now have completed their set with their home kit. The club’s iconic green and white hoops return, with narrow horizontal white stripes inside each green hoop. The crew neck collar is white, while the adidas shoulder stripes are green and the adidas logo on the chest is black.