Portugal’s most successful club, FC Porto, will be ushering in a new era in their illustrious history when they partner with American sportswear company Warrior Sports.
The Dragons have won the Portuguese top flight twenty-seven times, including an undefeated title romp through the league in the 2012-13 season, two UEFA Europa League and Champions League titles each, and were International Cup winners twice. For Warrior, this is a big step forward, adding one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe to their portfolio, joining the ranks of other top sides like Sevilla, Stoke City and Liverpool.
The home kit is a daring and ambitious modern look at FC Porto’s classic white and blue striped kit. The shirt has a unique navy collar with a thin orange trim. The stripes, the major defining part of Porto’s strip, has thick white and blue stripes on the chest, and within the blue stripes are white pinstripes – a total of eleven to represent the players on the pitch. The thin lines also creat 12 blue strips, a tribute to FC Porto’s ‘12th man’ – the fans.
The sleeves have a modern look that is finished off with blue sleeve cuffs. The back of the collar has a FC Porto wordmark. The shorts are blue and the socks white with blue trim. Both have a reserved, conservative look. Portuguese telecommunications brand MEO returns as main jersey sponsor for the Dragons, continuing their partnership since the 2011-12 season.
Richard Wright, General Manager of Warrior Football, said: “It was Warrior’s challenge to not only deliver a shirt that took a step forward into a new era for the club but also incorporated elements of its past. What has been delivered is a visually striking kit, instantly recognised as FC Porto, which will allow the players to perform at their best. We’re looking to seeing it in action next season.”
The away kit is much more daring, combining a dark blue base with diagonal camo-patterned stripes. The deal between Porto and Warrior officially takes off on July 1. Warrior is known for pulling unique looks in the short time they’ve been on the soccer scene. The Dragons failed to grab any titles last season, but gained a Champions League berth.
Could we see Porto’s passionate drive for victory match their new partner’s creativity and energy with a domestic or continental title next season? How would you rate Porto’s new kits? Fire away with a comment here, or on our official social media networks.