Football Clubs Release Their Third Kits For The 2020-21 Season
THE 2019-20 football season was hit with an unexpected delay oweing to the on-going Pandemic, but the kit updates for the new season, however, followed their original schedule.
A team's Third Kits are those kits that can be worn when both the Home or Away Kits feature colours that are too similar and might be confused with the jersey's of the opposing team on the field. The 2020-21 season Third Kits are some of the most interesting and offbeat designs that a few teams have seen in a while.
Here's a round up of some our favourite third kits from this season!
Manchester United (Adidas):
Released on 8th September, Manchester United’s third kit is absolutely insane. The black and white kit that has been designed by Adidas and features a distinct stripe-style print that covers everything from the shirt to the socks. Celebrating 110 years of the club, the inside of the collar features the text ‘OT 110 - 110 years of Stripes at Old Trafford’.
For this kit Adidas claims to have combined and redesigned the elements of different kits from the long history of the club. Additionaly details on the jersey like the Adidas logo and the club logo are featured in a pop of red.
Real Madrid (Adidas):
Borrowing the pink elements from the Away kit, Real Madrid's third jersey is a combination of black, grey, and pink. Released on July 31st, the predominantly black jersey features a grey floral-like pattern on the front while remaining plain black on the back.
The floral design is inspired by the Azulejo tile art painting which is seen in Madrid. In terms of template design the jersey is fairly simple and similar to its predecessors with a crew neck collar.
The design is heavily influenced by one of the most iconic Air Max silhouettes of all time, the Air Max 180. The kit has an “ember glow” base and is highlighted with a bright blue on the shoulders, the collar and vertical stripes that fade away as they go down.
Arsenal’s third kit debuted itself in the Premier League opener match against Fulham. Boasting a modern design and colour scheme, the kit is predominantly navy blue in colour and features light orange coloured highlights.
The most interesting part of the kit however is the dark tie dye effect that covers the entire jersey. With Tie dye gaining a lot of momentum this year as a trend, we can't say we're completely surprised to see the technique featured here as well. The overall design of the kit is said to represent the lights and atmosphere of the Emirates stadium during matches.
FC Barcelona (Nike):
The 2020-21 Barcelona kit is the first ever all pink kit the club has ever seen. A combination of pink, teal and black the jersey, inspired by the city's beach and sea, has an overall minimal design direction.
Also a part of Nike’s global campaign of Air Max inspired kits, the pink jersey is influenced by one of the most classic Nike sneakers of all time, the Air Max 90 and the kit was accompanied by the release of the sneaker in a similar colourway as well.
Manchester City (Puma):
Paying a tribute to Manchester’s rich musical and cultural heritage, City’s third kit features an all-over paisley print that has utilised the rose and three rivers from the club's crest.
This is the first third kit that has been designed by Puma for the team and the design combines two soft colours, ‘Whisper White’ - a light shade of beige all over the jersey, and ‘Peacoat’ - Puma’s traditional navy colour for the logos and accents.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, the 2020-21 season is a ray of hope and is something every football fan is looking forward to. Which kit are you most excited to see in action on the field?