A ranking of 9 of the best new football shirts for the 2021/22 season

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A new football season is just around the corner, which means we’re all in on new kit releases.

Tracking every kit launch can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve made it easy for you by selecting and ranking the nine most eye-catching new shirts from around the world.

You may disagree with our choices and the order in which we have arranged them, and that is absolutely correct; it’s your life. Go categorize your own soccer jerseys.

9. Parma

Ah, the nostalgia. If you are old enough to remember the Italy football years on Channel 4 – we have a quiz for that, by the way – you will have fond memories of Parma.

By the turn of the century, they were one of the best teams in Serie A, teeming with household names. Since then they have gone bankrupt, demoted to Serie D, fought to return to the top flight before suffering relegation to second tier in Italian football at the end of last season.

This Errea shirt, however, helps us remember the good times. One glance and our minds are taken back to the days of Cannavaro, Crespo, Thuram and more …

8. Ajax

Now we know what we get with Ajax’s home shirts: white, with a thick vertical red line running down the center. It’s a classic design, synonymous with the Dutch club – though rarely spectacular.

While it’s usually their away shirts that catch the eye, we’ve brought real sparkle to their new home offering, which pays homage to Ajax teams from the early 1970s.

The red is slightly darker than normal and the jersey features the old club crest. Club sponsor Ziggo is also smaller than usual. Another nod to tradition will see Ajax players only wear numbers on the back of their shirts for domestic matches next season, with names added only for European matches due to EU regulations. ‘UEFA.

Attractive.

7. Manchester United

It’s a little strange to praise a Manchester United shirt, actually. After nearly a decade of seeing each and every one ruined by comical Chevrolet logos, a new sponsorship deal with TeamViewer can only be a good thing from an aesthetic standpoint.

The new away jersey is proof of that. A nod to an early ’90s classic, this is the first United shirt in a long time that looks really … cool.

6. Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors home shirts are hard to go wrong. As with the aforementioned Ajax shirts, you know what to expect. This year, however, is very special. After Diego Maradona passed away earlier in the year, Boca’s new jersey will pay a subtle tribute to their most famous former player.

Leaked images released by Footy Headlines show Boca’s crest has been moved to the back of the shirt. In its place, the club’s initials appear on four stars – just like they did when Maradona played for them in the early 1980s. A nice touch.

5. Club America

Nike played a blinder with its latest bid for the Club America home shirt. As always, the Mexican club jersey is predominantly yellow, but its main feature is the Aztec style pattern that appears on the chest of the jersey.

If we’re picky, we should be complaining about the number of sponsors – Home Depot’s is particularly meh – but even with all of that, there’s enough going on here to be distracted.

Just watch it. Phwoar.

4. Inter Milan

We’re going to be honest, even though Nike has done a good job here, we have to say we’re a little disappointed that this Inter shirt doesn’t have a Pirelli logo on it. The Serie A champions parted ways with their long-term shirt sponsor at the end of last season, releasing this design before their new sponsor was confirmed.

The famous nerrazurri stripes look great in their snakeskin pattern, so much so that we’re a little disappointed that the new sponsor has partially covered them. He’s always finished in a respectable fourth, but who knows, maybe a nice gold Pirelli logo would have seen him climb even higher.

3. Charlton Athletic

As any football kit design enthusiast knows, Hummel has an impressive knack for making his jerseys stand out. Usually it’s the Danish company attention to detail that sets them apart, but the beauty of this new third kit from Charlton Athletic is its simplicity.

Celebrating the club’s 100th anniversary in the Soccer League, the jersey is predominantly black but with gold trims and accents. Hummel chevrons are visible on the shoulders and the club’s iconic sword emblem – not found in this style on an Addicks shirt for nearly half a century – is visible on the patch. Even the godfather gets nothing from it.

Everything is right there … works.

2. Atlético Mineiro

Oooh, controversial.

We’re going to be honest, we were very tempted to have this, the new fan-designed away kit for Atletico Mineiro from Brazil, as our number one. Very, very attempted.

For the second year in a row, the club invited fans to design their away shirts. After receiving over 500 possible designs, the club then asked supporters to vote for their favorite. This one, made by Le Coq Sportif, was the resounding winner, a predominantly beige jersey, with a large map of Minas Gerais – symbolizing the Brazilian state the club represents.

Since its first social media broadcast, the shirt has made a strong impression. It is undeniably a thing of beauty. But not * quite * the best t-shirt we’ve seen heading into the new season …

1. Venice

Right now, that probably won’t be a surprise.

Normally Atletico Mineiro’s away shirt would have won it at a gallop, but then came Venezia with that.

Venezia is back in Serie A this season and has signed a new contract with Kappa. This first offer from the Italian sports manufacturer has already turned heads.

The distinctive color scheme of black with green and orange trims, along with the club crest, Kappa logo and several stars appearing in gold, make this the best of all new jerseys this season.

Just look at the thing …



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