Broken glass, everywhere.
Footy Headlines has a “leaked” image of Manchester City’s 2020-21 home kit, and we have to say that the mosaic pattern is spot-on.
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Clubs are getting a little creative this season, as evidenced by Roma’s slick away shirt, and City is no different.
The club’s usual sky blue shirts are greeted by white cracks of varying thickness, given a sort of one-color stained glass window look. It takes its cues from mosaics around the City of Manchester.
We think it’s very sharp. City has been pretty consistent with a plain home shirt over the past few seasons. Before that, there were the darker blue shoulders of 2016-17 and white-button collar of 2015-16.
What do you think?
Manchester City is going to look different next season.
No, the reigning Premier League champions did not announce that Pep Guardiola is not leaving, nor did they say Kevin De Bruyne or Sergio Aguero would be sold in the summer.
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But City Football Group has announced a reported $863 million deal with clothing outfitter Puma which will cover many of its clubs, headlined by Man City and including Melbourne City FC (Australia), Girona FC (La Liga), Club Atlético Torque (Uruguay) and Sichuan Jiuniu FC (China).
City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano says the deal “will reset the model for sports partnerships on a truly global scale.”
Notably the deal does not include New York City FC, who has a league-wide uniform deal through Major League Soccer.
Adidas signed a 10-year, $1.3 billion deal with Manchester United in 2014, so City does have some way to go to compete with the Red Devils in that area of revenue.
Taking the phrase “kit launch” in a very straight-forward fashion, Football League Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers sent their new uniform skyward with a camera attached.
The video is below, and you can watch the new orange Puma kit ascend and ascend and ascend… from England into outer space.
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Fellow FLC side Reading used a similar approach last season. We’re not scientific wizards, but there’s a part of us who loves the idea of astronauts seeing a wide variety of the weirdest stuff in outer space.
Never missing out on a chance to sell more jerseys, two Premier League clubs announced their latest home kits on the morning of the Premier League schedule release.
Burnley and Watford revealed their new kits for the 2017-2018 season along with marketing campaigns #StrengthInUnity for Burnley and #HereToCreate for Watford.
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The uniforms are also the first for Watford designed by Adidas since the club signed a deal with the sportswear manufacturer in December 2016.
Burnley and Watford both survived relegation by six points, finishing 16th and 17th respectively in the Premier League table.
Celebrating 20 years of kit designing with Arsenal, Nike released a commemorative kit with pieces from each home jersey during their two-decade tenure.
The release comes at a special time for Gunners fans, having just won the FA Cup to break a nine-year trophy drought, along with news today that Arsene Wenger has completed his contract extension.
“Nike has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Arsenal Football Club,” said Marc van Pappelendam, Vice President of Nike UK & Ireland. “As the Arsenal team became more iconic, their kit designs followed suit. The kits which Nike has produced for the club over the last 20 years tell a story; a timeline of success which will be remembered for a long time to come.”
All proceeds for the kit’s sale will go to The Arsenal Foundation for motivating children through sports.
The base of the shirt, featuring the home kit for this past season, sits in the top right along with the Arsenal badge, and pieces of kits from the last 20 years (minus sponsor names) are cut sharply throughout.
The kit has special significance, considering Arsenal ended their long relationship with Nike this year by agreeing to the largest kit deal in English history with Puma, who will begin with next season’s shirt.
Despite kit giants Nike and Adidas still heavily dominating the landscape across Europe, the pair have been knocked back recently with Arsenal and Liverpool agreeing to enormous contracts with Puma and Warrior. Arsenal’s deal with Puma is reportedly set to pay them upwards of $50 million a year.
If you’d like to see a smattering of the past kits Nike selected for use in this collage, check out this Daily Mail article that highlights some of the inclusions in the 20-year kit.