Believe it or not, but the football season is almost upon us. Yes, despite the fact that it only seemed like yesterday that Barcelona were picking up the European Cup and Manchester United were lifting the Premier League crown, the start of the new season is just around the corner.
With a new football season comes new shirts, and the top clubs have been lifting the curtain on their new kits for the coming season other the last few weeks.
Whilst the two Manchester clubs might currently be on their pre-season tour of the USA, it hasn’t stopped them from showcasing what their players will be wearing in the season 2011/12.
We’ll start with the current champions, Manchester United, who unveiled their new blue away shirt with plenty of pomp and circumstance at ‘Niketown’ in the heart of Seattle.
Whilst blue away shirts are nothing new for Manchester United, given that they won the 1948 FA Cup final and the 1968 European Cup final whilst wearing blue, this blue and black hooped number is something of a surprise for many United fans.
The new away shirt is predominantly royal blue body and sleeves with hoops made of small midnight navy blue and black stripes. Each hoop is made up of exactly eleven stripes, representing each member of the Manchester United team.
Whilst the hoops might be a departure from tradition for United, the pattern is actually based on a red and white hooped away shirt that was worn between 1932 and 1939.
Cross-city rivals and “noisy neighbours” Manchester City have also unveiled what they will be wearing as they prepare for the new season in Los Angeles with the launch of their new home shirt.
Manufacturers Umbro and City have teamed up with Liam Gallagher in the creation of this shirt, highlighting Manchester’s musical culture with this sky blue shirt. With an unusual ‘soundwave’ pattern on the front that represents fans signing a chorus of ‘Blue Moon’, and a You tube video involving Liam himself, the shirt launch might not have gone down as well City may have hoped but that doesn’t appear to matter.
The shirt, which will become the first City shirt to appear in the Champions League, will surely fly off the shelves, with or without the ‘sound’ of 50,000 City fans emblazoned across the chest.
We’ll take the long journey down the M6 to North London now because Spurs have a new sponsor, which means a new kit.
Technically, they’re being backed by the same software company that was backing them last season but a name change has led to a new home shirt at White Hart Lane.
The shirt is classic Tottenham white with the most minimal of navy blue trim. What’s more to say? The only question for many Spurs fans is whether or not to wait before they decide to put “Modric 14” on the back!
Your team not mentioned here? Don’t worry! England have launched their new away kit too!
OK, so it might not have done much for David Haye as he unveiled it before his big title fight recently but England will be hoping that it serves them well as they prepare to reach Euro 2012.
Getting rid of the iconic red shirt is a bold move for the FA, with England fans recognising with the famous red shirt more than any other thanks to a certain match in 1966 but will fans go for this cool looking navy and light blue? We’ll soon find out!