FLOWERS & FOOTBALL – A MATCH MADE IN ARTISTIC HEAVEN

To commemorate adidas Football’s release of the international away kits in March, Kicks to the Pitch mixed foreign with familiar.

As the Los Angeles flower market is a staple to locals, fashionable kits are a statement in soccer. To honor the tradition of each, the jerseys were paired with flowers to highlight the unique colors and designs featured from each country. Arguably the best designs in the entire drop are featured below, including Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Spain. The colors are vibrant and bold, fresh and unexpected from adidas, with eye-catching designs that complement the traditional three stripes from the brand. The subtle details and patterns on each jersey blossomed into something beautiful with each as unique and tasteful as the last. The integrity of the kits remains the same – the country’s crest on one side and adidas’ distinguished logo on the other. The jerseys will make their appearance at the World Cup this year, which kicks off June 14th in Russia.

Check out the photos by Emily Acosta below:

EA SPORTS X ADIDAS DIGITAL 4TH KITS

Ever the progressive entity, adidas has really proven a pioneer via it’s partnership with the all mighty EA Sports FIFA. Having already sponsored it’s first digital athlete, Alex Hunter on the revolutionary “Journey” mode of the game, the three stripes are set to expand on their digital arsenal.

In a stroke of genius adidas has designed, digital 4th kits for Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The shirts are available exclusively online through Ultimate Team packs, the FUT transfer market as well as the FUT web & Companion app.


 

 

THE CORAL GLADIATOR JERSEY BY STORELLI

Originally launched to to reflect the gladiator spirit and bravery displayed by goalkeepers, Storelli adds a limited new color way to its line. The latest Gladiator jersey drops in a bold coral which represents the the undying endeavor it takes to play one of soccers most difficult positions. The ExoShield Gladiator Jersey features a sleek, tapered design with elbow construction materials that absorb up to 90% of impact.   

Storelli took things up a notch by reenlisting artist Tim McDonagh to create some stunning pieces of artwork featuring Stean Frei and Iker Casillas. Keep it locked to our social media for change to win a print of the illustrations.

The Storelli coral Gladiator Jersey is available now in limited quantities at Storelli.com

 

BEST 11 KITS OF 2017/18 SEASON

Summer is officially over and most leagues across the worlds are now, thankfully in full swing. While most teams unveiled their arsenal of kits prior to their respective seasons, there were a few stragglers that dropped as late as yesterday. With other media outlets releasing their lists weeks ago, we patiently waited for the aforementioned late drops and sure enough one of those kits made our list. A calculated risk but well worth it. Now without further rhetoric, let’s take a big ol’ subjective dive into our favorite kits for the 2017/18 season. 

11. Newcastle United Third by Puma

After an unprecedented “Step Out” campaign which saw every team under the Puma umbrella receive a black kit, we picked Newcastle’s as the best of the considerable bunch. The all black shirt features subtle, monochrome, gradient stripes that take from the club’s iconic home strip. The Newcastle crest perfectly compliments the metallic gold accents by way of Puma and sponsorship branding. An all around clean, stealthy and classy kit.

10. Liverpool Home by New Balance

So many of the best things in life are simple. Music, food and especially a good soccer kit. New Balance clearly took this to heart when designing Liverpool’s 2017/18 home strip. Marking the club’s 125th anniversary, the simple shirt takes direct inspiration from the Red’s 1984 European cup winning side. The throwback vibes come from a  distinguished white v-neck collar and cuffs along with tonal pinstripes all on that legendary Liverpool red. Of all the kits on the list, this one wins for its off-pitch versatility.  

9. Hamburg Away by adidas

adidas came strong with their classic inspired kits this season. Naturally, the bigger teams got the majority of the hype, but we fancied Hamburg’s away number as a standout. Though the print never actually featured on any of the club’s previous kit’s, the all-over diamond design which took from the club’s crest, screams of brilliant 90s panache. The bold and beautiful marine blue also gives the shirt a fitting, vibrant backdrop for the white accents. 

8. Shakhtar Donetsk Home by Nike

Sometimes a team’s kit is hindered by its coloroway. Making orange and black look good can be difficult, but Nike has been slaying jerseys for the Dutch National for nearly three decades. On Shakhtar’s latest it appears they’ve taken from that history. The typically solid black stripes are reworked with a gradient blue beneath diagonal pinstripes. The classic orange stripes remain proud and untouched as ever along with solid black sleeves. We also love how clean that sponsorship logo looks across the chest. This kit is a rework of a classic, masterfully done. 

7. Manchester United Away by adidas 

This was the first kit that set the precedent for what adidas (and many other brands) would be doing for several of their releases. Dipping back into their archives, adi resurrected this iconic print which was worn by Manchester United’s legendary “Class of ’92” in their first season. Opting for a tonal black/grey with white accents, the kit perfectly plays homage to its inspiration but with a sleeker, more modern fit. With high hopes for the season ahead, the Red Devils look for some good luck from successful seasons past. 

6. UNAM Pumas Home by Nike

Pumas have notoriously had some of the best kits in all of soccer. Last year’s Aztec print jerseys were absolute fire. It was a tough act to follow but Nike killed these. More minimal than its predecessor, Pumas home kit shines with simplicity and bold design. The white shirt employs that iconic navy-blue lion head with unique, rarely seen, horizontal stripes on the sleeves. Lisa MX jerseys are known for getting creative with sponsorship blasts and this one is no different as the DHL branding sits super high on the chest, near the collar. Another killer for the boys from Mexico City.

5. Huddersfield Town AFC Alternative by Puma

Not one to pass on the retro driven madness Puma joined the soiree with the newly promoted Huddersfield Town. Inspired by the famous ‘Flash Kit’ worn by the club from 91-93 this shirt is an almost identical throwback to one of the wildest designs ever. It features unique, horizontal, red and black stripes that mimic lines you’d see on a seismograph after an earthquake. Of all the throwback inspired pieces, this one was the most brazen, but Puma did an incredible job of bringing back a beloved cult classic. 

4. Inter Milan Third by Nike

This will probably be the most controversial of all the selections. Nike has taken flack for using the same templates across most of their jerseys. Especially this year, nearly every one of their third kits features the same tonal camo. What makes Inter’s stand above the rest for us, is the colorway. The folks at Nike are masters of color schemes and this kit is an example of that. The dark blue serves the minimalist vibes of the shirt brilliantly. Add the iconic volt accents from the branding and you have a smart kit steeped in simplicity with subtle doses of flair. 

3. Kaizer Chiefs Home by Nike

The Nike kit template is a few seasons old now. Tweaking it a must for the sake of maximizing its longevity. One simple way of doing so is by adding print that was previously only reserved for goalkeeper kits. As basic as that may seem it works brilliantly on the Kaizer Chiefs 17/18 home shirt. The South African club is given a loud all yellow kit with a gradient diamond print on the sleeves. We often talk about how branding accentuates the overall aesthetic of the best jerseys, this one is no different.

2. Celtic Away by New Balance

This kit is absolute fire flames, plain and simple. Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s iconic Lisbon Lions European Cup victory. The shirt features Verdant and Eden Green horizontal stripes with gold accents on the New Balance branding, sponsorship blast and team crest which is specialized to read ” Lisboa 50 Aniversario.”  A woven two-button collar and gold trimmed shoulder seam tie up the jersey beautifully. This is a must have for Celtic fans, collectors, casual fans, dudes that like soccer, dudes that hate soccer etc..

1. Club America Home by Nike

While other brands went HAM with their retro repertoire, Nike, for the most part, stayed a more modern path with their releases. Then they came with this Jaw-dropping, nostalgia-gripping piece of Mexican legend. This harkens back to the days of a young Cuathemoc Blanco bunny-hopping around the Azteca like a madman. The iconic diamond print is gorgeously resurrected with modern tweaks but it’s all done so well while staying true to the club’s rich history. Without out a doubt our kit of the 2017/18 season. 

DETAILS: ADIDAS 2017 MLS ALL STAR KIT

With MLS All Star festivities in full swing, we stop to take a detailed look at the kit which will be worn by America’s best when they face off with the back to back European Champions, Real Madrid. The strip harkens back to 94 when the USMNT dawned a similar design during the World Cup in the United States. With navy blue dominating the kit, clean white accents come by way of a classic v-neck collar, sleeves, branding and a star print with a few maple leafs as nod to the Canadian teams in our league. A bold MLS badge along with a special Chicago themed crest fittingly round off and pay homage to the host city of the All Star game.

The adidas 2017 MLS All Star Kit is available now at mlsstore.com

Photo Cred: @WillxLA

 

 

NEW BALANCE UNVEIL LIVERPOOL 2017/18 3RD KIT

Today New Balance has officially unveiled the new 2017/18 Liverpool FC third kit. As with the home and away, this years 3rd strip has been launched as part of the ‘Pure Liverpool FC’ campaign. In continuing the celebration of iconic periods from Liverpool’s 125 year history, the design inspiration comes from the original wooden signage of the famous Kop stand. The shirt is dominated by a Bold Citrus and accented with black on the collar, sleeves and logos. Further commemorative details are seen via a special 125th anniversary crest as well as the 96 emblem, encased by the eternal flames that sits at the nape of the neck and pays homage to the tragic events of Hillsborough.

The New Balance Liverpool FC 2017/18 Third Kit is available now at Newbalance.com

 

GAME OF THRONES KITS BY DANNY FINOCCHIO

Last night everyones favorite show kicked off its 7th season after a longer than usual break. Yes, Game of Thrones is finally back  and in celebration of the beloved series graphic designer Danny Finocchio has created the fictitious GOT inspired ‘Iron Throne League’. The project combines Game of Thrones with soccer to create sixteen unique club identities based on specific characters, families and houses straight from the show. Each “club” has been fitted by Umber with a crest, a relevant or related sponsor based on a real-world logotype and full kit based on its sigil, colors, and/or physical appearance. We love a good, well-executed and brilliant concept, these check all those boxes plus more.

For more on Danny Finocchio check out his website dannyfinocchio.com

 

 

THE JOMA SHEFFIELD FC 2017/18 HOME SHIRT

Picking up where they left off, Classic Football Shirts and Sheffield FC release the new home shirt for 2017/18 manufactured by Joma. With current trends of ever increasing prices of kits, boots and gear going up every year, Sheffield are offering their new strip for just £19.99. This price makes the kit the cheapest on the market worldwide.

“We believe fans come first and everyone has the right to support their team in the beautiful game” – Richard Tims Sheffield FC Chairman

The Joma Sheffield FC 2017/18 Home Kit is available now at Sheffieldfc.com

NEW BALANCE UNVEIL 2017/18 KITS FOR ATHLETIC CLUB BILBAO

Every season, New Balance increase their soccer clout by bolstering their stable with quality kit partnerships. This year is no different as some of the world’s best and most historic clubs are rocking NB on their chest. The latest feather in the New Balance cap is the addition of Athletic Club Bilbao. The Basque giants are notoriously proud of their heritage and New Balance has paid proper homage with their kits of the 2017/18 season.

The home shirt features the iconic Bilbao red and white stripe, the colors that have identified Los Leones throughout their history. The kit has a white flat knit rib collar with a black insert and an embroidered full color woven Athletic Club crest with an NB logo on the chest. The Ikurriña flag, synonymous with the Basque region, is printed on the back neck.

The away design has a solid black base splashed with dashes of Alloy and Athletic Red, a design inspired by the great Athletic teams of the 1940’s. 

The third strip pays tribute to legends of the past who won the club’s first Copa title in 1903. Key design features include the ribbed v-neck collar and embroidered full colour woven Athletic Club crest and NB logo on the chest. The shirt features UV blue and white stripes with fine red striped detailing.

Athletic Club player Mikel San Jose said “The team are proud to wear the colours known to everyone at Athletic Club. These kits pay tribute to our great history and I am sure the supporters will be excited to see them next season.”

The New Balance Athletic Bilbao 2017/18 kits are available now at Newbalance.com

NIKE UNVEIL THE FC BARCELONA 2017/18 AWAY KIT

Today, Nike has unveiled the 2017/18 FC Barcelona away kit. The vivid blue color pallet is similar to ones we’ve seen on Blaugrana strips from the past. Subtle accents are seen via Barca’s typical red and blue on the collar, while the clubs mantra “Força Barça” is separated, then imprinted on the inner right and left sleeves. As you can see up close, the shirt’s engineered knit zones create a subtle geometric pattern for enhanced fit. The sides of the kit are flanked by the clubs classic red and blue colors, one for each side. They actually expand as the player is motion.

As with all of Nike’s new strips for this season, the latest Barca away kit features fabrics made of recycled plastic and polyester.

The Nike FC Barcelona 2017/18 away kit is available now at select retailers like Niky’s Sports and at Nike.com