A new season is upon us, and as is customary with every new season these days, clubs have released a wide range of fresh kits to adorn for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign. Kit manufacturers worked harder than ever before to produce these kits, with some clubs now boasting up to four kits to wear on any given match day.
There are many avenues kit manufacturers can go down when designing a clubs’ kit; some go bold with a brash design or colour combination; others opt for a more retro look, inspired by a club’s success of old; some literally slap the exact same design on multiple teams’ kits (look at Nike’s recent goalkeeper kits).
One thing is certain, there is always a handful of kits that are simply stunning, so good even rival fans can’t help but mesmerise over them. On that note, here are the 2021/22 kits that fall into that category.
Top Five Kits of the 2021/22 Season
5. Bayern Munich Away
The kit for everyone whose heart lies in Munich. ❤️
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 20, 2021
It’s very difficult for a black and gold kit to fail. Bayern Munich have taken the popular colours, but added their own little twist. An array of white dots appear on the front to form a diamond pattern, in a subtle yet elegant manner. The golden accents compliment the dark background effortlessly, but they don’t overshadow the main talking point of the kit.
Just below the collar on the back, features the Munich Child a symbol of the city of Munich. The kit features the coat of arms of Munich to symbolise the roots of Bayern, serving as a reminder of the importance of the Bavarian Capital to the famous club.
4. Arsenal Away
🎬 𝗕𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘀
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 18, 2021
Arsenal are into the third season of their partnership with Adidas, and it’s safe to say they are not looking back for one second. Adidas keep excelling themselves with their kits for the Gunners; they produced some of the finest kits last season, and have somehow outdone themselves this season with the away strip.
Adidas have brought the yellow back to Arsenal, inspired by their success with the colour in 71 and 89. The traditional Arsenal badge has been replaced with just the famous cannon, a welcome feature that has been executed perfectly on this kit.
As is also seen on the home shirt, the Arsenal for Everyone logo is present on the inside of the neck. It serves as a simple but timely reminder to embrace equality and diversity, and that Arsenal, and football, is for everyone.
3. Paris Saint-Germain Away
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 21, 2021
It’s not rare for kit manufacturers to incorporate pink into a team’s kit, but it is rare that it is ever pulled off. Nike took the bold step and executed it perfectly with this Paris Saint-Germain number. The pink couples with the black to form a sleek asymmetrical design. It’s always nice when the sponsor fits in with the design, too.
The kit pays tribute to Greater Paris, symbolised with references to post-modern architecture from the 70s. Essentially, the jersey expresses pride of the club’s Parisian roots, and there’s no doubt Parisians will be rushing to put this kit on.
2. Atletico Mineiro ‘Manto Da Massa’
Mais de 500 desenhos enviados. Quase 60 mil votos. Uma camisa escolhida.
🔺 O Manto de Minas é o #MantoDaMassa! 🔺
— Atlético 😷 (@Atletico) July 13, 2021
For the second season running, Atletico Mineiro gave fans the opportunity to design one of their kits for the upcoming season. 559 designs were submitted, with a design by Lucas Adriano voted the best. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the kit will be used as an away or third shirt. Nevertheless, you can expect to see plenty of supporters in the crowd donning it, as the kit has already sold out.
There’s a lot to love about this kit. The beige background immediately makes for a terrific base, with a stylish white, grey and orange pattern along the cuffs and collar. The main talking point is the map of Minas Gerais, the state of Brazil in which Atletico Mineiro is situated. The state’s flag – a red triangle – features on the neck.
Other features include the word vencer, meaning ‘win’ repeated on the cuffs. The club motto is stated above the Le Coq Sportif logo. A personal favourite is the number 113, representing the clubs 113th anniversary, designed in the shape of a rooster – the club mascot – at the bottom of the shirt. Perhaps this kit is proof that clubs should look to fans to design kits more often.
Honourable Mention – Luton Town Third
— LutonTown (@LutonTown) August 2, 2021
Whilst this doesn’t quite make the cut, Luton Town’s third kit definitely deserves some recognition. The club have paid a classy tribute to the club’s loyal fans. Also known as the Legends shirt, the kit features the names of supporters who generously stepped in to help at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
The names feature across the front and back of the kit; a touching way to give a little back to the fans. This is definitely one of the most unique kits of the 2021/22 season. Again, it serves as a reminder that football is nothing without fans.
1. Venezia Home
21/22 Home Shirt.
— Venezia FC (@VeneziaFC_EN) July 29, 2021
Taking the crown as the best 2021/22 kit is Serie A newbies Venezia. The Venice-based club are celebrating their first season in Serie A for 20 years. They will do it in some style too, sporting a kit that could only have been made for an Italian club. You’ll struggle to see a smarter kit all season.
Kappa replaced Nike as the club’s kit manufacturers, and clearly showed that they know how to make a kit. The dark background sports a Ventian wall texture, giving the kit an authentic feel to it. Gold textures accompany the shirt, inspired by the use of gold in Venetian art and commerce, as well as the city’s churches and monuments. Gold stars of the iconic Basilica di San Marco align to form a ‘V’ on the front.
The orange and green colours of Venezia are detailed on the cuff and collar, as well as on a flag in the upper centre. Also, there is no kit sponsor, which you simply love to see. A memorable kit will hopefully make for a memorable season for the club.
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