Big-name clubs from Germany and Italy highlight the most recent batch of European soccer kit releases, while others from France, Spain, Scotland and Portugal also trotted out new duds. Let’s take a closer look …
BAYERN MUNICH – Home
Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will kick off the 2021-22 season with a shiny new honour on their home kits. The shirt will feature a new fifth star above the club’s crest, commemorating the fact they now have more than 30 German first division championships.
The front and sleeves of the jersey are dark red, and the front contains a series of light red V-shaped stripes. The V-neck collar is solid dark red, while the adidas shoulder stripes and trim on the sleeve cuffs is white. The back of the jersey is solid light red, with a new “Mia San Mia” logo near the back collar.
INTER MILAN – Away
Earlier this month, Italian Serie A side Inter Milan unveiled home kits for 2021-22 with a snakeskin pattern. Now, they and Nike keep the snake theme going with the away kits for next season. They are predominantly white, with a blue and black snake slithering across the front and sleeves. The crew neck collar is blue, the club crest is monochromatic black, and the stripe down each side is black. The sleeve cuffs and half blue and half black.
While the home kits were released without a sponsor, Inter has since signed a deal with Socios.com. They are using the space to advertise a new “fan token” that provides owners with “access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions on the mobile app Socios.com.”
BORUSSIA DORTMUND – Away
After unveiling bright yellow home kits back in May, German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund has gone into dark mode for their 2021-22 away kits. The jersey, made by Puma, features a black and dark grey herringbone pattern all over the front and sleeves and a black block on the shoulders bordered by dark grey stripes. The back of the jersey is solid black, with “DORTMUND” written out in yellow across the shoulders. The collar is mostly black, with the herringbone pattern at the front. The sleeve cuffs are also grey. Puma logos and the BVB crest are yellow, while sponsor logos on the chest and sleeve appear to be light grey.
LAZIO – Away
Following a neon green number in 2020-21, Italian Serie A side Lazio has gone considerably more conservative for their away kit in 2021-22. Made by Macron, the shirt is predominantly white, with a navy blue yoke across the shoulders. Under the yoke is a thin white stripe, then a broader light blue stripe. The collar and sleeve cuffs are navy blue. The Macron logo appears on the chest in navy blue, and in white on the sleeves.
RANGERS FC – Away
Ahead of preseason friendlies against Brighton and Hove Albion and Real Madrid over the weekend, Scottish Premiership side Rangers FC unveiled a new away kit on Friday that keeps the celebration of the club’s 150th anniversary going. The jersey, made by Castore, is mainly black, with tonal vertical stripes that taper near the top and bottom. The collar is red with white trim and a white-and-gold insert at the base. Red also features in panels under the arms and stripes on the shoulders.
As with the home kit, a special RFC monogram appears in gold on the left chest, with a ribbon underneath reading “1872 – 150 YEARS – 2022”. Other sponsor and manufacturer logos are rendered in gold. The five stars that normally appear with the monogram have again been moved to the back collar. The name of one of the club’s founding members, Peter McNeil, is printed inside the collar; his brother Moses’s name is printed in the same spot on the home kit.
RC LENS – Third
French Ligue 1 side RC Lens pays tribute to the Artois region of northern France, which it calls home, with its third kit for 2021-22, made by Puma. Artois’s flag is mainly blue, with yellow and red accents, so RC Lens came up with a kit to match. The front of the kit features geometric shapes with white lines of varying widths. The V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs are yellow, while the Puma logos on the chest and sleeves are red.
CELTA VIGO – Away
Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo pay homage to one of its predecessor clubs with its 2021-22 home kit. The half-red, half-white design mimics what Real Vigo Sporting Club wore in the early 1920s, before it merged with Real Club Fortuna de Vigo in 1923 to form RC Celta de Vigo. A vertical stripe of light blue — now Celta Vigo’s signature home colour — runs down the front of the shirt. The V-neck collar is solid red, and the sleeves and adidas stripes contrast the colour of the front of the shirt on their respective sides.
SPORTING CP – Away
Defending Portuguese Primeira Liga champions Sporting CP are cranking up the brightness for their 2021-22 away kits. The kit, based on Nike’s Strike II template, is predominantly neon green (“volt,” as Nike calls it) with black raglan sleeves that feature a tonal fingerprint-like design. The crew neck collar and side stripes are black, and the club crest, sponsor logos and manufacturer logo are all monochromatic black.