French Ligue 1 outfit Lille OSC has unveiled a new home and away set commemorating the club’s founding and The Glorious Decade. The kits were launched on Lille’s training ground. The northern France team finished third in Ligue 1 last season, and will be looking forward to Champions League play this season. Contributions from players like premier goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, forward Salomon Kalou and French international and club captain Rio Mavuba ensured Lille a return to Europe’s top club tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Lille was founded on September 23, 1944 after the merger of two local clubs. This united team was a strong force from its’ inception. Les Dogues would win Ligue 1 in the 1945-46 and 1953-54 seasons. In addition, the club would claim five Coupe de Frances in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953 and 1955, a run that included playing in the final for five straight years, from 1945 to 1949. This stretch of exceptional play from Lille from 1944 to 1955 is regarded as The Glorious Decade.
The home kit comes with a navy constructed v-neck collar, and features a red jersey with tonal chevron patterns. The shades of red descend as it goes down to the hem. Thin navy trim occupies the sleeves. On the inner collar, the red pennant tab features a white fleur-de-lys, the same version from the club’s badge and is featured on Lille’s coat of arms, with the years 1944 and 2014 on either side. The shorts are navy with red side trim, and the socks are navy with a light blue tonal chevron pattern at the back. The Nike swoosh is white for every part of the kit.
The away kit is a very classy yellow and black look. The look is inspired by the Flanders region, which is primarily in Belgium, but also includes northern France and the Netherlands. The yellow shirt has a very neat buttoned polo collar in black with matching thick sleeve cuffs. The pennant tab on the inner collar returns in the same red and white colors. The badge comes in a monochrome black at the heart of the shirt. The shorts come in black with yellow trim and the socks are yellow with black stripe trim at the top and black chevrons in the back. Etixx, a sports nutritional company, is the new primary sponsor.
As Lille are regaining glory in modern times, they have a marvelous new set of maillots from their glorious beginnings. Will we see Lille triumph over the likes of Monaco and PSG this season with these kits? Leave a comment about these kits in the section below, or on our social media pages. And don’t forget, you can get your Lille gear here at WorldSoccerShop.com.