Gear

Andrea Pirlo’s new boots are wine themed, feature cork sockliner

(Nike) Nike’s new limited edition Tiempo Pirlo boots “celebrate Pirlo’s dual careers as a footballer and winemaker” (Pirlo’s family owns a winery called Pratum Coller). The boots come in a merlot colorway with a real cork sockliner that features the words “Aged since ‘94.” They’re also packaged in a wood crate like a bottle of …

Adidas’ Man United third kit design tool gets predictably abused

Adidas is letting fans create and submit third kit designs for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Flamengo, Juventus, Milan, and Man United. Anytime you ask people on the internet to design something and then publish the results on your site, you’re asking for trouble and this is no different. Man United’s template seems to be getting …

Spanish club unveils blueberry and strawberry themed kits

(CD Pinzon) The trend of garish food themed kits in the Spanish lower division continues with CD Pinzon’s strawberry and blueberry shirts. Like other Spanish food kits we’ve seen, these represent the region’s agricultural output. Sadly, they do not seem to be scratch and sniff. I mean, you could scratch and sniff them, but they’ll …

Norwich third kit pays homage to famous “bird poo kit”

(Norwich City) Coming in hot from the position that any attention is good attention, Norwich City have unveiled a third kit that “pays homage” to their 1992–94 kit that is consistently rated as one of the ugliest of all time. (Norwich City) Known as the “bird poo kit,” that ’90s look has lived on as …

Cristiano Ronaldo switches bodies with ball boy in latest Nike film

https://www.youtube.com/embed/scWpXEYZEGk Nike Football has released their longest film yet, starring Cristiano Ronaldo in a Freaky Friday type scenario in which he changes bodies with a ball boy. Cristiano has had his troubles with ball boys in real life, but this takes things to a new level that gives the Portuguese a chance to show off …

Japanese clubs to wear kits with dog and eagle faces on them

(JEF United) Japanese second division club JEF United Ichihara Chiba are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a legends match against Tokyo Verdy and both clubs will wear special kits that should make goal celebrations a little extra enjoyable. Since JEF United’s mascot is an Akita Inu, the club will wear a dog themed kit. (JEF …

U.S. club introduces abomination of fashion seersucker shirt

(@gorafters) The bizarre kit arms race happening in lower divisions across the world continues with Shreveport, Louisiana NPSL (the U.S. fourth division) club Rafters FC. Perhaps inspired by Spanish side Cultural Leonesa’s tuxedo kit, Rafters have given the on-pitch formal wear idea a southern U.S. spin with the seersucker kit, complete with clownish bowtie graphic. …