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.
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.
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.
“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.