Barcelona, Real Madrid Third Kits Highlight Recent Unveilings From Around Europe

Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona are putting one of the foremost symbols of its home city front and center on its third kit for 2022-23.

The kit, made by Nike using its latest Vaporknit template, features a red and blue Creu de Sant Jordi (Cross of St. George) across the front of a light grey base. “2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the awarding of the said Cross by the Government of Catalonia to FC Barcelona in recognition of its contributions to the betterment of society and its leading role in the promotion of sport, as well as its values in relation to sport, civic duty, and solidarity, which make it so unique in the sports world,” the club’s website reads.

Courtesy FC Barcelona

The Cross of St. George also features in the club’s crest.

The shorts and socks that are paired with the kit are the same shade of light grey as the base of the shirt.

Like Barça’s home and away kits, the third kit features the logo of new sponsor Spotify on the chest and the logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the back. It also features a Catalan flag graphic on the back collar.

Courtesy FC Barcelona

REAL MADRID – Third

Meanwhile, Barça’s La Liga rivals Real Madrid debuted a new third kit of their own against RC Celta de Vigo on Aug. 20, but it won’t be available for the public to buy until Sept. 12. It is mostly black, with lime green accents including the Adidas shoulder stripes and trim on the V-neck collar. The club says the kit “is a homage to the transformation of the Santiago Bernabéu,” the club’s home stadium that has been under renovation for the past two years. The front of the shirt features embossed diagonal blocks that form hoops “inspired by the modern metallic lines which will be a feature of the new stadium roof.”

Courtesy @realmadriden / Twitter

LEEDS UNITED – Third

English Premier League side Leeds United unveiled their new third kit, made by Adidas, for 2022-23 on Friday, Aug. 26, a day ahead of its on-pitch debut against Brighton & Hove Albion. It’s mostly black, with tonal vertical stripes running down the front and back. The Adidas shoulder stripes and trim on the sleeve cuffs are orange, while the crew neck collar is solid black. The Adidas logo and club crest appear in one-colour applications and are centered on the chest.

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ASTON VILLA – Third

Fellow Premier League side Aston Villa also launched their new third kit, made by Castore, for 2022-23 on Friday, and will wear it for the first time on Wednesday, Aug. 31, when they visit Arsenal. The kit is predominantly black, with a tonal pattern of geometric shapes all over the front, back and sleeves. Solid black panels appear on the sides of the shirt and the shoulders. Yellow trim appears on the collar, sleeve cuffs and side panels. Sponsor logos and the club crest also appear in yellow.


WEST HAM UNITED – Third

Meanwhile, Premier League side West Ham United debuted their new third kits for 2022-23, made by Umbro, on Thursday in their UEFA Conference League match against Danish club Viborg FF. The kit is mostly white, with an orange and yellow pattern near the bottom of the shirt that is “inspired by the industrial ironworks and its heritage” in East London, where the club is based. The club crest appears in one-colour black, as do the sponsor and manufacturer logos.


AC MILAN – Third

Defending Italian Serie A champions AC Milan have unveiled their third kit for 2022-23, made by Puma, which they say “is made for those who stand out and never hold back.” The jersey is olive green, with a tonal graphic of vertical lines that blur in and out across the front of the shirt. The collar and sleeve cuffs are solid black, while the main sponsor logo is yellow. A monochrome version of the club’s crest sits on the left chest.

Courtesy AC Milan

US CREMONESE – Third

Meanwhile, Serie A newcomers US Cremonese have also released their own third kit for 2022-23, made by Acerbis. The base of the kit is royal blue, but it is covered by horizontal and diagonal lines in red, gray and white. Red and gray stripes run around the sleeves near the cuffs. The polo collar is solid blue.

Courtesy US Cremonese

FEYENOORD – Away

After unveiling their home and third kits, Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord Rotterdam have rounded out their set of kits for 2022-23 with their away kit, which they wore for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 21, against RKC Waalwijk. The kit is solid blue, with narrow white and red stripes running around the crew neck collar and the sleeve cuffs. The Adidas shoulder stripes are are red, and the main sponsor logo is white outlined in red. A monochrome white club crest sits on the left chest.