The Americanness Of Manchester United’s New Kit

Fa14_Match_Manchester_United_PR_H_Front_R_detail-801x572Goodbye, Patrik Ervell. Hello, Chevrolet. Manchester United has a new home kit. The previous, a sharp number that paid homage to Manchester’s connection to the textile industry (i.e. gingham), clothed the Red Devils during David Moyes’ remarkably dreadful tenure as manager. And, as such, goes the way of the gray kits that rendered players invisible on the pitch during the ’90s. Those little collars have been told to fuck right of, except on Puma’s new Arsenal alternate.

In replacement of the Ervellian design is a new look that borrows, seemingly, from Little League baseball. There is a single button henley placket and then there is, well, a fantastically large Chevy ribbon. Americanness doesn’t suit football (sorry, Glazer family), and unless Louis van Gaal rights the ship, this one should, like last year’s kit, go the way of the dodo in 12 months time.

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World Cup kits through the ages – interactive guide

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So you had a look at this years World Cup kits (with France being the best in my eyes) now you can look at a lnfographic of the history of all 32 teams kits. Since the competition began in 1930, the 32 teams that make up this year’s World Cup field have donned a variety of kits to showcase regional colors, pride, and emblems pertaining to their respective countries. The Guardian recently put together a comprehensive and interactive showcase to illustrate just that. While the large graphic appears above, head here to see the more interactive and in-depth coverage pertaining to each team and their respective kits through the years – from Croatia’s signature checks to Holland’s orange colourway.

Arsenal and Nike Celebrate 20 Years of Partnership

arsenal-and-nike-celebrate-20-years-of-partnership-1I’m not an Arsenal fan or particularly like them but I suppose they sold us RVP and this is kinda cool, so will give em a post. To celebrate Arsenal‘s FA Cup win and its 20-year partnership with the London club, Nike has created this special commemorative jersey. Starting with the current season’s jersey as a base, Nike has created a design that incorporates several jerseys from key moments in the club’s last two decades including the 03-04 “Invincibles” (I was at the game where that run ended…great day!)  jersey and the red currant jersey from the club’s farewell to its former home at Highbury. Created in a limited run, the individually numbered jerseys will be available at London’s Nike Phenomenal House at the Sorting Office from May 26 to 30.

Nike Football CTR 360 All-Black Boot

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I had to post this up, call me old skool but football boots should be black and I can remember the last time a new boot released and it followed the OG tradition. Nike Football says goodbye to one of their most beloved boot silhouettes with an all-black, limited-edition version. The idea behind the blacked-out CTR 360 was to turn “the lights out on the CTR 360,” in addition to the all-black colorways used when athletes wear-test new models. The boot’s textured upper helps provide a layer of depth while a hint of reflectivity in the laces finishes things off. Look for the limited- edition, individually numbered boot to hit nike.com in the coming days.

Nike Debuts Englands New Home & Away Kits

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Every  summer when we are waiting for the new football season to start enjoyment is to be had in the releases of all teams new kits…(apart from the year my own team brought a shitty red checked one out!) and the World Cup kits are the same. Nike has just unveiled England‘s new home and away kits ahead of the team’s campaign at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The new kits pack the latest in technical innovations from Nike while sticking to an aesthetic inspired by classic England kits of the past and St. George’s cross. The all-white home kits are a direct reference to the ones worn by England in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and feature an engineered pinstripe in the fabric, white satin tape on the shoulders and a subtle metallic weave on the Three Lions crest. The away kit plays up the national symbols of England and features a subtle, tonal pinstripe design with a graphic interpretation of St. George’s cross on the front that can only be seen when viewing the jersey from a distance. The away kit also features a unique treatment that makes it come to life under UV light. Look for the new kits on the backs of the England players when the team takes to pitch in Brazil.

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Nike Magista Football Boot

nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-002-960x640Remember when you first seen a footbal boot that was any colour other than Black or when you first seen a Preditor boot? Weird at first but then it becomes the norm very quickly…well I reckon this is another one of them moments, as Nike officially unveiled an innovative football boot today in Barcelona. The Magista comes equipped with the sportswear giant’s Flyknit technology along the upper with a specially designed collar and new features through the outsole.  The boot was designed to offer a sock-like fit throughout while allowing for increased awareness of the body’s movements and interaction with the ground and the ball. The Magista will be available for pre-order at Nike.com on April 29 and to purchase from May 22. Be warned though, the first lads on a sunday morning to don white boots got more than their fair share of two footed tackles!nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-001-960x640 nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-003-960x640

A Bathing Ape Milo Golf Balls

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Expanding its graphic-heavy releases to sporting accessories, A Bathing Ape presents the MILO GOLF BALL featuring BABY MILO’s face at its center. The iconic logo is featured across black, white and brown golf balls. Priced at ¥2,940 JPY (approximately £25), the A Bathing Ape MILO GOLF BALLS are now available via the BAPE online store.

Umbro England 2012 Football Shirt

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Umbro have unveiled the new England shirt, always a highly anticipated release and the first time the design is purely white with red trim makes for an interesting design. Featuring a woven collar with red inner stripe rib and striped rib cuff detail on the arms, the shirt also features an embroidered red England crest and red Umbro double diamond on the chest. Front body darts provide extra fit and comfort, while under-arm panels offer extra movement and breathability. A certain amount of controversy has come about the release of a new shirt following the previous design was only worn eight times by the national team, creating a bit of frustration by the fans. In my opinion not a patch on the last two home shirts. None the less, a great design and one that will be seen on the pitch, on the terraces and on the streets. Heres the new keeper jersey as well..

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Vintage Gear Addicts with Ian Hough

I have always been fascinated reading about the culture of football hooligans and the fashion that comes with it so I loved this informative interview done by Vintage Gear Addicts with Ian Hough on the Football Casual subculture.

“The casual subculture began in the late 1970s after Liverpool F.C. fans introduced the rest of England to European fashions that they acquired while following Liverpool at their 1977 European Cup quarter final against the French side St Etienne. These Liverpool fans arrived back in England with expensive Italian and French designer sportswear, most of which they looted from stores. The fans brought back many unique clothing brands that had not been seen in the country before. Soon other fans were clamoring for these rare items of clothing, such as Lacoste or sergio Tacchini shirts, and unusual Adidas trainers, which are still associated with Liverpool supporters today. At the time, many police forces were still on the lookout for skinhead fans wearing Dr. martens boots, and paid no attention to fans in expensive designer clothing.”

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