Most people embrace the summer as a way to relax but spare a thought for football fans who have to endure a couple of months between the final whistle being blown on one season and the next kicking off full of hopes and expectations.
It’s a frustrating period for the die-hard supporters who feel like there’s a void in their life with nothing to discuss in the office come Monday. That’s why we’re sharing a selection of our favourite new football shirts so you’re kitted out in time for the 2015/16 season and at least have something to chat about.
From Spain to Italy and Germany to England via France, we’ve travelled across Europe for your viewing pleasure…..
There’s only one team to kick-off with as Nike present the newly crowned European Champions with a far from traditional offering for La Liga action. Doing away with the vertical stripes and for the first time in their illustrious history it’s horizontal for Barca’s famed blue and deep red. Not just a random look for a change, it’s actually been inspired by the Blaugrana flags waved on match days at Camp Nou and there’s also a traditional Catalan influence to the neck for added pride.
Two words, ‘German efficiency’ as adidas once again present a shirt that’s more than worthy of the Bundesliga Champions. Gone are the blue stripes from last season and it’s a much more established red affair with burgundy thrown in for good measure. The waist even incorporates a special diamond pattern that’s been inspired by the club badge and Bavarian flag, so there’s plenty of German tradition on show but without the need for any lederhosen.
Inspired by Anfield’s famous Kopites, Liverpool welcome New Balance to the team and created a look that should immediately win over the loyal fans. The famous red is given a modern yet subtle design to the chest as a chequered pattern flows into vertical stripes that pays homage to the flags and scarves dominating the Kop. Honouring Liverpool’s past as much as present, the back of the neck sees two Eternal Flames flank 96 as a poignant reminder to the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy.
Ready to go into battle, Nike have been inspired by the armour worn by brave Roman soldiers for the new Roma offering. The main body receives a ‘Roma Red’ treatment while the arms and shoulders are given a darker yet complementing ‘Red Mahogany’. A neat detail is that of the the small split in the front of the collar, not just for added comfort but inspired by the iron armour worn by the soldiers. Roma certainly mean business in Serie A this season and ready to fight for some silverware.
A classic look that’s instantly recognisable, a truly French affair is presented as blue, red and white are shown off in emphatic fashion. While the whole design is relatively simple and clean cut, it’s certainly high on Parisian pride as ‘Ici C’est Paris’ (This is Paris) decorates the neck. It also helps that a certain Zlatan pulls on this jersey and as far as we’re concerned he makes anything look rather stylish.
With plenty more shirts to be unveiled over the coming days and weeks, the new season will soon be upon us so make sure you keep with Lovell Soccer throughout the pre-season.