AFC Ajax, winners of thirty-three Dutch Eredivisie titles, eighteen KNVB Cups, four Champions League titles and two International Cups, are one of the most decorated and successful clubs in the world. This club was the architect of the Total Football playing style that captivated the world in the 1970s, and have produced top-class talent through their youth system, with several of the club’s legendary players holding coaching and front office jobs themselves today.
This Amsterdam-based club takes its glorious history seriously, with an iconic look second to none in all of football: the red stripe in the middle of a white home shirt. For fourteen years, adidas and Ajax have partnered for kits and adidas have done their part in keeping the traditional look with modern flair.
As a sneak preview for next season’s home and away kits, adidas gathered Ajax’s manager Frank de Boer, and current Dutch Ajax stars Daley Blind, Jasper Cillessen and captain Siem de Jong inside an office room at the Amsterdam ArenA, the home of Ajax, for the new kits. With Marketing Director and former Ajax and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar present, he and an actor representing adidas introduced a series of shirts, and wanted honest opinions from the team. The jerseys were hilariously bizarre, with three home kits each featuring cliched Dutch imagery such as tulips, pancake houses and a design with a flannel pattern. To top it all off, the away shown to the guys had an image of a lion digitally scanned onto the shirt, with red trim, as well as a psychedelic tie-dye design. The players and manager didn’t like the kits at all. Manager de Boer even feared that the current Eredivisie champions four years in a row would not be taken seriously if they had seen the pitch. Thankfully, they were assured these weren’t the real kits, and were shown the real thing, with cameras secretly taping footage of their reactions to the fakes.
The home kit is a very classy, conservative and proper take on their traditional look. A polo collar in red is a nice stylish touch, completing the red stripe on the body and the sleeved three-stripes from adidas. The badge is in monochrome white The stripe has pinstripes within the design. The shorts and socks are also in white with red trim, with the top of the socks in red with white stripes.
The away has a more modern appearance, with two shades of blue and fluorescent green trim. The shirt has a round collar and an asymmetrical design of the two blues, with the darker blue taking more of the shirt. The badge has fluorescent green details with the darker blue circle badge. The color is also present on the sleeve stripes, arched stripe on the back and special sponsor. The shorts are fluorescent green with blue stripes, and the socks with all three colors, the lighter blue at the top of the socks with the fluor three-stripe trim inside, and the darker blue at the bottom with an Ajax wordmark in fluorescent green.
There’s no denying that Ajax is one of the most important European football clubs ever to grace the sport. Their passion for crafting home-grown players into stars and legends is matched only by a couple of others. The club will look for even more glory ahead with these pair of kits in the upcoming season.
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