Juventus’s ’90s-Inspired Third Kit Highlights Recent European Football Kit Unveilings

With the Italian Serie A campaign set to kick off this weekend, most of the recent kit unveilings in Europe have come from clubs in that league. But a few others are also getting third and even fourth kits out there for supporters to snap up. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reveals from the past few days…


Italian Serie A powerhouses Juventus harken back to ’90s style with their new adidas third kit for 2021-22, which features bold colour blocks on the front. “In addition to showcasing the daring spirit of the 90s, the kit celebrates one of the club’s golden periods, marked by the victory of numerous trophies with the unforgettable and iconic yellow and blue colours,” the club’s website says. The back of the jersey is solid yellow, except for a blue and white chevron near the bottom that mirrors the front. The V-neck collar, sleeve cuffs and adidas shoulder stripes are all solid blue.

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AS ROMA – Away

Meanwhile, Juventus’s Serie A counterparts AS Roma have thrown things back even further for their 2021-22 away kit, made by New Balance. Inspired by a design from the 1978-79 season, Roma have added stripes in the club’s iconic dark red, orange and yellow colours to each sleeve of their white away kit. The stripes also appear on a panel on the back collar of the kit.

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NAPOLI – Home, Away & Third

Kits have been a source of consternation for Serie A side SSC Napoli over the summer. After their deal with Kappa ended, Napoli signed on with Emporio Armani, marking the first time the renowned fashion house had ventured into football kits. Then, Napoli had to play several preseason matches in their old Kappa kits, as the new ones weren’t ready yet, but had to cover up some sponsor logos with patches as those sponsorship deals had also expired.

The new Emporio Armani home kit keeps things simple. Napoli signature shade of light blue forms the base, and is accented by a navy blue V-neck collar, sleeve cuffs, and stripes that run along the shoulders.

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The away kit follows the same template, but with a red base and light blue accents. This is the only one of the three kits where the logo of sponsor Lete does not appear in red.

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The third kit also follows the same template, this time with white base and gold accents. The Emporio Armani logo is rendered in black.

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There are also rumours of a fourth kit to be released later, on the same template with a navy blue base and light blue accents — basically a reverse of the home kit.

TORINO – Third

Torino FC of Serie A are classing up the joint with their third jersey for 2021-22, made by Joma. With a maroon home kit and white away kit with a sash already unveiled, Torino opted for a navy blue third kit. Sponsor and manufacturer logos appear in gold, as does a stylized bull based on the one found in the club crest. The navy blue base also features a tonal pattern of dots broken up by bulls and the year the club was founded, 1906. The polo collar and sleeve cuffs are solid navy blue.

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After unveiling their home and away kits, newly promoted Serie A side Venezia is back with another fashion-forward jersey developed in conjunction with Kappa and New York-based creative agency Fly Nowhere. The 2021-22 third kit is predominantly light blue, with diagonal gradient stripes on the chest in the club’s traditional colours of orange, black and green. The black sleeves feature a tonal triangle pattern, with gold Kappa logos and blue and gold trim on the cuffs. The crew neck collar is black and gold. A gold “VENEZIA” wordmark runs across the chest in a stencil font, which is a departure from the serif font used on the home and away kits.

The blue colour was inspired by the Venetian Lagoon, and €5 from each kit sold on the club’s online shop will be donated to We are here Venice (WahV), a non-profit organization committed to restoring and revitalizing the lagoon.

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Fresh off being one of the 10 teams for whom Puma released third kits on an unconventional template this week, Spanish La Liga side Valencia has also unveiled a fourth option for 2021-22. This shirt is predominantly grey, with a pattern of zigzagging lines of varying widths down the front. The crew neck collar and sleeve cuffs are orange, as are the sponsor and manufacturer logos. A full-colour club crest appears on the left side of the chest.

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German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart pay tribute to some of the club’s most fervent supporters with their 2021-22 third kits, made by Jako. The dark grey shirt features a tonal camouflage pattern all over, broken up by the club’s signature chest stripe in red with white trim. The pattern is a nod to the metal railings in the supporters’ section of the Mercedes-Benz Arena, known as the “Cannstatter Kurve.”

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