It has become the norm for all football clubs to change their shirt designs every season in an effort to keep the Dollars rolling in. In essence team shirts is big business, big enough to warrant at least three different designs in most cases. The traditional home shirt, the away shirt so as not to clash with the home team and a newer invention, the 3rd team shirt, originally to avoid a clash between the home team’s shirt and the visitor’s away shirt but most importantly to cash in on the die-hard fan’s need to have all three.
Below are some of the releases from the various manufacturers for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Real Madrid are another of the top clubs with a new boss this season. Carlo Ancelotti is already ringing the changes with former favourite Gonzalo Higuain already dispatached to Napoli.
Will Wayne Rooney stay at United for the 2013/2014 campaign? Only time will tell. This is the new home shirt by Nike. As one of the most popular and successful teams in Europe to have a new manager, expectations for the season ahead are divided.
Barcelona, blue and red is the home kit, the awful yellow and red are the away shirts. Barcelona wore the yellow and red shirts in the recent pre-season friendly defeat to European Champions Bayern Munchen. New manager Gerardo Martino will be feeling the pressure with Thiago moving to Bayern, Manchester United chasing Fabregas and the faithful demanding more trophies in all competitions.
Atletico Madrid – hoping for a top 4 La Liga finish in 2014
FC Internazionale home shirt
Inter are one of the traditional power houses in Italian Serie A but things haven’t been going there way lately. Finishing only 9th in 2012/13 we won’t be seeing them in Europe this season.
The more traditional Juventus home shirt
By contrast Juventus are doing really well. Champions again in 2013 and signing a host of quality players including Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez from Manchester City. You can expect Juventus to line up as below for away games….
FC Porto will be aiming for top spot in Portugal again after their narrow one point win over Benfica in 2013.
Arsenal will be hoping for a good run in Europe. Wenger’s attempts to capture a big name signing have so far been largely aimed at Manchester’s Wayne Rooney. The want-away striker is also attracting the attention of Chelsea.
LOSC Lille will need to improve on their 6th place finish in 2013 if they want to play in Europe next season.
Big spending French champions Paris Saint Germain will face a challenge from Olympic Marseille and newly promoted mega-rich club, Monaco.
Steaua Bucharest the most famous and successful club to emerge from Romania will be fighting internal battles with the legacy of the previous owner George Bacali.
Sparta Prague 2nd in the Czech league in 2013 will be hoping for better things this season.
Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk will be hoping to make the knock-out rounds in the Champions League this season.
Chelsea Football Club will want to repeat their 2012 Champions League win now that the special one has returned as the “Happy One”. If he fails, will be simply be known as Dopey? Some fantastic signings in the last few seasons like Lukaku and Hazard promise great things.
Spartak Moscow’s 4th place in 2012/3 means we won’t see them on TV but they will be looking smart in their new kit.
Andrei Arshavin returns to Zenit St Petersburg after a few unhappy seasons at Arsenal. The speedy forward will want to make a big impact this season.