Europe’s elite club football tournament, the UEFA Champions League, will begin group stage play on September 13th and 14th. Soccer365 will provide kits for all 32 clubs looking to carve their own path to the final in Cardiff.
Among the stacked set of clubs vying for Europe’s biggest prize are a plentiful number of technical suppliers. Nine different companies are also competing alongside their clubs in this season’s Champions League, with adidas leading the way, outfitting 12 clubs. Nike has the second most, with six teams in their portfolio. PUMA has four teams competing in the group stage, New Balance has three, Macron and Kappa each have two, and Jako, Umbro and Under Armour all each supply one club. Let’s take a look at all the jerseys.
Beginning with Group A, PSG have their third jersey, a modern looking shirt designed specifically for UEFA Champions League play. An iridiscent finish on the logos pays homage to Paris’reputation as the City of Light.
Arsenal FC’s third jersey will be used in UEFA Champions League and domestic cup play. The Gunners revealed a slick modern look in navy and bright fluorescent yellow that features a monochrome Arsenal badge with matching shoulder stripes, sleeve cuffs, PUMA logo and Fly Emirates sponsor on the chest. The sleeves have kevlar print with formstripes.
FC Basel, from their seventh straight Swiss Super League title, retain their home jersey from last season from adidas. A red and blue halved strip, with black on the sides and sleeves with contrasting white adidas stripes on the shoulders. A red and blue two-toned stripe has a mesh detail on the collar and the cuffs. The crest is placed in the center.
Rounding off Group A this season, Bulgarian champion PFC Ludogorets 1945. The Eagles have a new badge, and a classy new home green jersey to match from Italian manufacturer Macron. The jersey has a polo collar with white trim at the bottom, with white sleeve cuffs and a small inset in the Bulgarian flag colors of white, green and red. The shoulders have white “Macron Men.” This tailored look is capped off with Bet365 as the club sponsor on the chest.
Group B has Liga NOS champion Benfica, whose home kit gets our attention. The glorious club from Lisbon has a neat red jersey with tonal horizontal stripes. The collar has a vintage white v-neck stripe with thin white trim on the sleeves. The sides of the shirt have white adidas stripes.
From Italy’s Serie A, SSC Napoli’s third jersey is a black and gold jersey from Kappa. The sleeves have the Italian brand’s well-known “sitting couple” in gold, as numerous couples take up the shoulders. A Kappa wordmark in gold outline appears across from the club crest.
Back-to-back Ukrainian Premier League champion Dynamo Kiev adds an element of national culture to football fashion with their 2016-18 home jersey from adidas. Dynamo’s home white jersey has a traditional blue Ukrainian pattern laid over a buttoned henley collar. Blue trim on the sleeves and adidas three-stripes on the sides finishes off this home jersey.
Concluding Group B, Turkish Süper Lig champion Beşiktaş. The Black Eagles and adidas have crafted a red third jersey with black and white details. The collar and sleeve trim are black, and the adidas three-stripe side piping is white. Vodacom returns as the club’s shirt sponsor.
FC Barcelona headlines Group C. The Catalan giants have revealed a vibrant combination of glow green colors in a tonal design with horizontal stripes gradient effect. The Senyera flag stands tall and proud on the back as a symbol of the club’s heritage.
One of Barça’s opponents in the group will feature a familiar face in manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. City are also in Nike uniforms, switching their Champions League colors for an eye-catching fusion of orange and purple.
German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach unveiled their black and green third jersey in their UEFA Champions League play-off round set win over Switzerland’s BSC Young Boys. The jersey is black, with green crew neck collar, Kappa couples on the shoulders, and a pattern of horizontal diamond shapes on the body.
Based from the tickets in the 1967 European Cup final, Celtic FC and New Balance have unveiled a new third jersey that’ll be used in European competitions. Pink is in for the Bhoys, with black tonal mini-hoops, a black polo collar trimmed with white, and thin black trim on the sleeve cuffs. The club’s crest is monochrome in black. Dafabet appears on the chest as shirt sponsor.
FC Bayern starts off the round-up for Group D. This third jersey comes in white with burgundy crew neck collar and sleeve cuffs, and silver three-stripes on each side for the silverware obtained by the German giants. The white sleeves have a faint diamond pattern, based off the Bavarian flag. T-Mobile, the shirt sponsor, is in burgundy.
Runner-up in last season’s UEFA Champions League final, Atletico Madrid celebrates their last season at the Estadio Vincente Calderon with a simply gorgeous red and white striped top with blue trim on the collar and side piping. A simple but effective strip from Nike.
PSV Eindhoven, Dutch Eredivisie champion, has a sweet green checkerboard jersey that harkens back to the 1970s and 1980s glory days period. Vintage v-neck collar and white and green sleeve cuffs gives this jersey a pleasant retro feel.
Lastly, Russian club FC Rostov will make their Champions League group stage debut. Rostov knocked off Dutch top side Ajax in the playoff round in blue and yellow kits from adidas. The club once known as Torpedo wore the brand’s Tiro 15 template, once considered an older practice jersey. With a tonal blue shoulder yoke and hemmed pinstripes, the three-stripes on the sleeves and hemline at the bottom of the shirt are yellow.
Leading off Group E, the club representing the Russian Army, CSKA Moscow. The Russian champion has a mainly red jersey with blue stripes and matching v-neck collar with trim on the sleeves. Golden three-stripes on the side and shirt sponsor gives a developed contrast.
German “works” club Bayer 04 and Jako produced the club’s third kit which will see some action in European competition. Leverkusen’s jersey comes in white with black and red horizontal stripes, with the sponsor breaking up one of the stripes.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur returns to the Champions League, and will do it with a golden third kit from Under Armour. Navy blue serves as the secondary color, with trimming on the shoulders and sleeves, v-neck collar and sleeve cuffs. The body also has navy pinstripes making for a standard solid gold and navy jersey for Spurs.
Taking inspiration from Monaco’s racing heritage, The Principality club and Nike gives a refreshing look to the club’s traditional white jersey with red diagonal stripe. A tonal gradated print on the red half is a dynamic addition, emulating the speed and motion of those cars who have come to Monte Carlo, and what AS Monaco employ on the pitch.
Real Madrid’s third jersey is inspired by the Plaza de Cibeles, a short walk away from the Santiago Bernabeu. The plaza is where supporters and players celebrate the latest trophy wins, their 2016 Champions League final victory among the most recent. The jersey is black with purple detail, with the sleeves having a design based off the plaza, and purple three stripes on the sides for piping. A white monochrome crest appears over the heart of the jersey, with white adidas logo across from it, and a white Fly Emirates sponsor logo.
Labeled the “jersey of dreams,” Borussia Dortmund and PUMA have produced a home jersey used for Champions League play. BVB’s international home jersey features black striped panels on the sleeves, with trim on the sleeves and the hemline at the bottom of the shirt, over a yellow palette.
Sporting Clube de Portugal has a bright green third jersey on display from Macron. Tonal green horizontal stripes have a gradient effect, with the darker shaded green giving way to the bright green from top to bottom. Black appears on the rounded v-neck collar, side piping and on the hem of the shirt at the bottom. The badge is also a monochrome black.
Polish Ekstraklasa champion Legia Warsaw retain their 2015/16 centenary home jersey from adidas. A white and black strip with gold accents, the Legionnaires feature a black diagonal sash with a gold adidas logo within the sash broken up by shirt sponsor Fortuna. The black trim on the collar, sleeves and hem have a meshed effect.
Surprise Premier League champion Leicester City will have their maiden Champions League voyage through Europe with a neat white and blue pinstriped jersey from PUMA. A slightly lighter blue shade appears on the PUMA cats on the chest and sleeves, for contrast.
FC Porto have a striking yellow third strip from New Balance. A zig-zag pattern on the shirt with a tonal shade and blue for contrast on the collar on jersey makes for a vibrant look the Dragons will use in European play.
Club Brugge and supplier Nike updated the Belgian club’s jerseys for this season. The blue home jersey are without their black stripes, a surprise. Black is still present on the collar and sleeve cuffs. Brugge’s third jersey is the golden shirt with only a black Nike swoosh on the chest standing out.
The result of fan requests led FC Copenhagen and adidas to produce this gray, black and white 3rd jersey. Gray and black stripes on the body have alternating black and gray diagonal stripes within creating a stellar unique look. The club badge is in black and white. The shoulders and top trim on the collar are black, with the bottom trim with three stripes on the sleeves are in white.
Group H has Juventus, and adidas showcases this top Italian club’s third jersey. One of the many club nicknames for Juve is the Zebras, as this white and black shirt has a zebra-striped pattern on the sleeves and shoulders. Black adidas three-striped trim is on both sides. The collar is a clean white, with thin black trim on the sleeves.
Sevilla once again earned a group stage spot in the Champions League after winning the Europa League last season. The third jersey is a tasty citrus yellow with contrasting garnet trim. A slim stub collar, trim on the sleeves and the cuffs are in the dark red color, with a monochrome garnet club badge.
French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais’ home jersey features a halved red and blue center stripe from the collar to the hem at the front and is broken up by the Hyundai sponsor on the chest. The sleeve cuffs are blue with a contrasting golden trim over it.
Last but not least in Group H, Croatian club GNK Dinamo Zagreb has updated jerseys from PUMA. Tonal stripes of various lengths and widths can be seen on the blue home shirt, with thick navy cuffs on the sleeves. White PUMA cats are seen on the chest and shoulders, with a sponsorless space on the front.