The current football season might just be reaching its exciting climax, with scores to settle at both the top and bottom of the Premier League with three weeks remaining, but already thoughts are turning to next season.
Yes, whilst the destination of the Premier League trophy is still being decided (as well as the teams that will drop down to the Championship), clubs up and down the country are frantically drawing up their list of summer transfer targets and, of course, coming up with the designs for next season’s shirts.
Like the opening day of the season and the FA Cup final, the launch of your club’s new shirt is an annual event in a football supporter’s calendar, with new shirts being released earlier and earlier every season – many teams will now wear next season’s home shirt on the last day of this season!
Chelsea and Liverpool are two clubs that have had their shirt designs released early, allowing fans to pre-order their new shirts in April for May delivery when they officially go on sale.
Title-chasers Chelsea are still taking pre-orders for their new home shirt for the 2011-12 season, which ditches the red trim that proved to be unpopular with some elements of their support. After all, who wants to adopt the colours of your fiercest rivals?
The shirt offers a slight twist on the traditional Chelsea style, with a two-tone hooped effect being the most striking alteration to the shirts that will be worn by the likes of Lampard, Terry and Torres in 2011-12.
The sleeves have a broader white trim, featuring Adidas’ signature three stripes, in the other significant addition to what is sure to be a popular shirt on the Stamford Bridge terraces.
Liverpool on the other hand have focused on how good they’ll look away from Anfield next year, with the launch of the 2011-12 Liverpool away shirt.
With a stylish grey design complete with red and white trim and white outline club crest, this shirt really does look the part. The clean, simple design will look great as fans follow ‘Stevie G’ and the boys on the road next season.
Budding goalkeepers, and fans of Pepe Reina, are also well catered for ahead of the new season, with Liverpool also launching their 2011-12 home goalkeeper shirt.
The black colour has had plenty of colour injected into it with some vibrant orange trim, making sure that you’re bound to stand out when going one-on-one with an onrushing striker!
A more recent release is for a club who are probably just about finishing celebrating after taking home the trophy for the Italian league, Serie A, for the first time in 4 years. The AC Milan home shirt is available to pre-order now for delivery at the end of the month. The streamlined design with red and black stripes white edgings is a certainly a winning design and is the kit AC Milan will be wearing as they fight to win more trophies next season.
All of the shirts are available to pre-order now for May delivery, so make sure that you pledge your allegiance to your team and cheer them on for the rest of this season and beyond!