When Kit Flashback finished, we thought of different way’s we could fill in the blank for kit lovers. We think we have found the answer. Each week we will be going through a different team’s kit history and choosing the top 3 home kits, top 3 away/third kits and worst 3 home kits and worst 3 away/third kits. This week we will start with Premier League Champions, Manchester City, and will cover other teams in the future. Hope you enjoy!
Top 3 Home:
My favorite of the bunch, the 1983-1985 home kit made by Umbro is a perfect example of the style Umbro and some other brands have tried to replicate, simple and elegant. The vertical stripes aid to make this kit a little less plain and the v-neck design looks great. It also interesting to note Manchester City’s old emblem!
Its not very often you see a home kit with all black accents on it, let alone for Manchester City but I feel that Umbro have done a great job making the kit more interesting without changing too much. The new collar design looks awesome and adds to that classy feel Umbro are able to produce with their kits.
The year Manchester City changed their style was the same year they teamed up with Umbro. Thank god for that as it got them out of the era with Le Coq Sportif who produced some shocking kits. This not only was a breath of fresh air for Man City supporters, but also for Umbro as the company thrived in the years following.
Worst 3 Home:
As mentioned many times before Le Coq Sportif did not produce the nicest kits for Manchester City, and I particularly don’t like this home kit. The design, fit on the players, and different tinge of blue compared to past and present Man City kits isn’t as nice as other City kits that we have seen. It just looks cheaply made to me, and something you would expect from a very small brand.
Expect to see a lot of these flamboyant styled kits in our up coming ‘Back In Time’ posts as they were popular back in the 90′s and to be honest, quite ugly. This Man City kit made by Umbro is especially ugly with a strange graphic covering the whole kit. Also the old style collar does not look as nice as the collars we see now a days. The Zig Zag on the right sleeve is not a bad addition though!
Finally, I have chosen Reebok’s home kit creation for the 2006-2007 season. I have chosen this kit not because it is particularly bad looking but because Reebok strayed from the original Manchester City colors and style by designing a blue base and white sleeves. I feel that when brands stray from the team’s original colors they are taking a big risk, especially with the fans.
Top 3 Away Kits
Perhaps my favorite kit of all time, Manchester City’s third kit for the 2009/10 and 2010/2011 seasons ticks all the boxes. It’s just such a classy kit and not boring at all. The colors are perfect and the sponsor placement makes the kit very unique.
Again, a great looking kit. The vertical stripes remind me a bit of Liverpools away kit for the 10/11 season but even better with the more classy style. This is definitely a design that you could see players wearing today but with updated material’s and fit. Wonder if, in the coming years, Nike will replicate this design for Man City?
I personally feel that Umbro have done a fantastic job with their kits for Manchester City this coming season. The away kit is a color first worn by Manchester City in 1956 in the FA cup final, then in 1998,1990,1996 and 2002. So, its not a random color that Umbro have chosen for the away kit. I really like when brands use colors that have meaning in the clubs history and that’s exactly what Umbro have done with this away kit. Not only have they chosen a color that reflects Manchester City’s past, but also chose a modern take on a retro template.
Worst 3 Away Kits
If you thought Liverpool’s third kit this year was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. This has to be one of the ugliest kits of all time. I wonder what the players were thinking when Le Coq first showed them this kit. The colors on their own aren’t the nicest on football kits, but together they are even worse. Why would they add the yellow just to make it worse? Every time I see this kit i wonder why on earth they produced it. Who agrees?
What is there for me to say? This kit is ugly, just look at the brand logo and you won’t be surprised why. It’s not very often you see a silver/grey kit and complemented with a neon grenish yellow and navy blue, its not pretty and also has no connection with Man City’s past. I’ve seen a couple of modern mock ups of this colorway that don’t look to bad, but for me, this kit just does not work.
Although Man City wore this kit in their epic win at Wembley, it really isn’t the best looking kit with its strange combination of colors. Since then no kit has been replicated using the same colors and I don’t blame them!
Hope you enjoyed our first ‘Back In Time’ post, and stay tuned to Soccer Reviews for next week’s feature on Manchester United!