With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, Scottish Premiership side Celtic FC is celebrating their Irish roots with a new fourth kit, made by Adidas.
The new “Origins Kit” was unveiled on Thursday, March 9, and will be available for purchase on Thursday, March 16 (though Celtic is taking pre-orders through its online store). It features a dark “emerald green” base, with lighter green, white and orange trim on the polo collar and sleeve cuffs mimicking the flag of Ireland.
The four-leaf clover from the club crest is isolated and embroidered on the left chest in bright green. A green Celtic cross — which served as the club’s original crest 135 years ago — sits in an orange circle on the back collar. Sponsor logos and the Adidas shoulder stripes appear in bright green.
“Celtic Park is a place where our supporters come to celebrate the Celts from across the globe, and we continue to welcome generations of fans in their thousands from the island of Ireland to support the Bhoys at Paradise.”— CelticFC.com
Celtic’s announcement didn’t mention if or when they would wear the “Origins Kit” in a match. They travel to Edinburgh to play Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup on Saturday, March 11, and host Hibernian at Celtic Park in Scottish Premiership action on Saturday, March 18.
AC MILAN – Fourth Kit
Italian Serie A side AC Milan has never shied away from blurring the line between football and fashion. But that line is more pixelated than blurred with their new fourth kit, which was unveiled on February 23 and worn in a match against Atalanta BC on February 26. The kit is a collaboration between the club, manufacturer Puma and Paris-based fashion brand Koché that “integrates a game-ready pixelated interpretation of the iconic red and black stripes of AC Milan.” The same pattern features in tonal gold on a complementary goalkeeper kit.
The club crest is gold on the outfield kit in gold and black on the goalkeeper kit. A solid black panel is on the back of the outfield kit to allow for name and number legibility. The pixelated striping continued into the top of the shorts before fading out.
TORINO FC – Special Edition Kit
Fellow Serie A side Torino FC marked a milestone with a special edition kit, which was unveiled on February 23 and worn in a match against Bologna FC on March 6. The kit, made by Joma, celebrates 10 years of car company Suzuki sponsoring the club. It was designed by Kimihiko Nakada, director of the Suzuki Design Center in Turin, “who was inspired by subjects and themes of traditional Japanese culture.”
The kits are Torino’s traditional shade of burgundy, with a tonal depiction of the Japanese gods of thunder and lightning on the front, along with thunderbolts. The collar and a panel on the upper back are off-white with a tonal interlocking pattern. The years “2013-2023” are also printed on the back collar.
CÁDIZ CF – ‘Carnaval’ Kit
Spanish La Liga side Cádiz CF celebrated a local tradition with a special kit last month. They unveiled their Carnaval Kit, made by Macron, on February 13 and wore it in a match against Rayo Vallecano on February 25. The kit features a light orange base with navy blue and teal drawings all over depicting scenes from the town of Cádiz’s annual Carnaval, including musicians, dancers and parades. This year’s Carnaval was held from February 16 to 26.
Three days after unveiling the kit, Cádiz CF announced it had completely sold out of stock in its online and club stores, and would start a waitlist for more shipments in coming weeks.
VfB STUTTGART – Diversity Kit
Meanwhile, in Germany, Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart gave fans a sneak peek at their new diversity kit, made by Jako, in a Twitter video posted on February 20. It’s the club’s 2022-23 third kit with a tonal print of various Stuttgart landmarks on the front and sleeve cuffs, but the black band that runs around the chest and under the sponsor logo has been replaced by a rainbow band. The club crest, sponsor logos and manufacturer logos also feature a rainbow gradient.
VfB Stuttgart will wear the diversity kits in a Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, March 18.