Real Madrid’s Graffiti-Inspired Away Kit Highlights Recent European Football Releases

Real Madrid gets inspired by their home city’s street art scene, Fiorentina brings back a club crest from the ’80s, and Crystal Palace put a bold twist on their usual home kit motif in the latest round of European soccer club kit unveilings. Let’s take a closer look …


REAL MADRID – Away

Spanish La Liga powerhouses Real Madrid take inspiration from the street art scene in their home city for their 2021-22 away kit. The shirt is blue, with a tonal graffiti pattern all over. The collar is blue with orange trim, and the adidas shoulder stripes are orange. The club crest is rendered in blue and white, while the adidas logo, sponsor logo and graffiti-style wordmark on the back collar are all white.

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CRYSTAL PALACE – Home

South London outfit Crystal Palace were the last Premier League side to unveil their 2021-22 home kit, but it was worth the wait. The kit, made by Puma, features diagonal blue stripes on a predominantly red shirt — a departure from the club’s usual home kit motif of vertical blue and red stripes. The blue stripes have darker blue borders, and the collar and sleeve cuffs are blue while the sleeves are solid red. The stripes continue on the back of the shirt, and the club nickname — “EAGLES” — is written in yellow on the back collar.

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SOUTHAMPTON – Away

Meanwhile, fellow Premier League side Southampton is looking to fire up their supporters in their 2021-22 away kit, made by Hummel. The shirt is predominantly yellow with blue raglan sleeves. The front of the shirt features a tonal fire pattern inspired by a third kit the club wore from 1991 to 1993. The blue sleeve cuffs have yellow trim, as does the blue V-neck collar that is the same shape as the collars on the home and third kits. Another similarity with the other two kits is the graphic printed inside the collar with outlines both Southampton’s former stadium, the Dell, and their new stadium, St. Mary’s.

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WOLVERHAMPTON – Away

Premier League side Wolverhampton’s away kit for 2021-22, made by Castore, is mainly dark grey, with black side and shoulder panels. The front of the shirt features a splatter pattern in a lighter grey and the club’s signature shade of amber. The side panels have narrow angled amber stripes about halfway down. The collar and cuffs also have amber trim. The Castore logo appears in amber, while the main sponsor logo is white.

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BENFICA – Third

Perennial Portuguese Primeira Liga contenders SL Benfica and adidas have rolled out a bold look for the club’s 2021-22 third jersey. The kit is predominantly black, with grey streaks across the front. The sleeves and back are solid black. The V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs are also black, but have some red piping at their bases. The adidas logo, adidas shoulder stripes and sponsor logo are all red, though the latter is tough to read against the streaks without an outline. The club crest is rendered in red and black.

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FIORENTINA – Home, Away, Third & Fourth

Italian Serie A side AC Fiorentina released all four of their kits for 2021-22 this week, and they all follow the same Kappa template: broad chest stripe bordered by two narrower stripes; solid underarm panels; collar and cuff trim. The home kit is purple with a white stripe and red accents; the away kit is white with a purple stripe and trim; the third kit is yellow with a purple stripe and trim; and the fourth kit is red with a white stripe and purple trim.

All four kits also feature a crest that the club wore in from 1981 to 1991 — sometimes at a ridiculously large size.

Top left: Home. Top right: Away. Bottom left: Third. Bottom right: Fourth. (Photos courtesy Footy Headlines)

GRANADA CF – Home

Like Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Spanish side Granada CF was the last La Liga team to release its home kit for 2021-22, made by Nike. The front of the shirt features red and white hoops; each hoop is bordered by two narrower stripes. The sleeves and back are solid red, as are the V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs. The shirt will be worn with blue shorts and white socks.

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CÁDIZ CF – Home

Spanish La Liga side Cádiz CF is in the first year of a new kit deal with Macron, and the two sides have collaborated on a classy home kit for 2021-22. The base of the shirt is solid yellow, with an embossed pattern of triangles of varying sizes and textures, but still modeled after the club crest. The polo collar is blue, as are the Macron logos on the chest and shoulders. There is a narrow blue insert on each front shoulder seam, and a triangular blue insert on each sleeve cuff.

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GREUTHER FÜRTH – Third

After going all out with their home and away kits, Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth are keeping things simple with their 2021-22 third kit, made by Puma. The shirt is solid bright blue, including the collar and sleeve cuffs, with a tonal angled stripe on each sleeve. The Puma logo, sponsor logo and club crest are all rendered in navy blue.

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