With the European club kit launch season now in full flight, here is this month’s installment of the 365.worldsoccershop.com’s Top 5 Kits of May. While we’ve seen some big releases out of some of Europe’s biggest leagues, Brazilian sides continue to impress with two slots in this month’s list.
Olympique Lyon 2014/15 Home Kit
White kits are always a challenge to design into impression shirts that would make fans and collectors covet them. adidas shows how it’s done by working the traditionally white Olympique Lyon 2014/15 home jersey into one of the best OL shirts in recent memory via the clever incorporation of horizontal pinstripes and flashes in red and blue of the Ligue 1 power.
Gremio 2014 Topper Away Kit
Known for releasing up to six kits per calendar year, Brazil’s Gremio recently dropped their new home and away shirt. Of the two, the team’s white home jersey stands out thanks to a 1990s feel wave design in Gremio’s blue and black running across the chest area. Sky blue sleeve cuffs complete one of the best South American kits of 2014 so far.
Liverpool 2014/15 Home Kit
Warrior has departed from current kit design trends since storming into the soccer world just about two years ago. The 2014/15 Liverpool home kit is one of the latest examples of Warrior’s out of the box thinking. A minimalistic crewneck shirt at its core, the new Reds primary jersey has been given an ultramodern feel via the use of white piping and trim on its shoulder, side panels and neck area.
SSC Napoli 2014 Coppa Italia Kit
Italian firm Macron created a limited edition SSC Napoli jersey that was worn by the Southern Italian club for the 2014 Coppa Italia Final. The shirt is a modified version of the Napoli 2013/14 home kit with the Italian national colors incorporated onto the collar and bold golden font used for player names and numbers. Given the club’s triumph over Fiorentina in the cup, it has now attained collectible status.
Palmeiras 2014 adidas Third Kit
Back in the top flight of Brazilian soccer after a one year absence and in-time to celebrate its 100th Anniversary, Palmeiras has released a third kit celebrating the club’s roots. Inspired by the 1916 jersey worn by Palmeiras (then called Palestra Italia), the shirt celebrates the club’s Italian roots by using solely the colors of the Italy national flag. The club crest on the jersey is replaced by the symbol of the House of Savoy which ruled Italy when Palmeiras’ founders crossed the Atlanta to Brazil over a hundred years ago.