The Madrid Football Fashion Parade: Summer 2019 edition

I do like a good football shirt, as those of you following the Kit of the Month section in my Monthly Musings posts may have noticed. 

I’m always looking to branch out and find more ways of keeping the blog busy so I thought that giving my thoughts on the Madrid teams’ new threads for 2019/20 could be a fun post for the summer months.

So here we go…

Real Madrid

Home 6/10

Gold!
Always believe in your soul
You’ve got the power to know
You’re indestructible…

I’m not sure whether Real Madrid took inspiration from the Spandau Ballet classic when it came to designing their new home kit but it does feature quite a lot of gold. Gold Adidas stripes, sponsors logos, name and number and of course white.

You have to admire Real Madrid’s commitment to the all-white aesthetic, one which they won’t compromise to fit in with the current templates being used by their kit suppliers. But it does mean that their kits are basically the same every year, bar a change of trim colour and messing around with the collar design.

This latest one is fine (although personally I think gold should be reserved for anniversary kits and it’s a bit over-used on this strip) and will no doubt sell a boatload, but doesn’t break any new ground.

One thing I did realise is that it’s been 12 years since Madrid released a home kit with purple as the secondary colour – It’s the secondary colour I most associate with Madrid (largely thanks to too many late 90’s Championship Manager games) so why not bring that back?

Away 7.5/10

While I feel the gold on the white home shirt is a little garish, there’s something about this that just works.

Navy and gold is a great combination, although the high number of teams wearing blue and white in La Liga next season will probably mean this kit won’t get used as much as it deserves to.

A strong early contender for “kit launch nonsense” of the summer from Madrid in their press release that accompanied the reveal of the kit.

The kit takes its inspiration from the atmosphere generated at the Santiago Bernabéu with a printed wave representing the sound produced by the fans in the season that saw the club secure its 10th European Cup crown.

Ok, if you say so. Just looks like a few wavy lines to me.

Atletico Madrid

Home 7/10

After a couple of more experimental kits, Nike play it safe with what could be their final home kit for Atleti (rumours of a return to Puma for the 2020/21 season have been circulating for months) and it’s a perfectly fine kit, although no one involved in the kit launch photos looks too pleased to be wearing it.

It’s a much more traditional effort, lacking the slashes which cut through the stripes on the 2017/18 kit, or the mis-matched stripes meeting in the middle from last season, which really grew on me over the campaign. Narrow stripes, blue shorts, which seem to be a darker hue than normal, and red socks complete the kit. Not sure on the collar though.

Away 8.5/10

Now this I do like! Atleti debuted their new away kit against Chivas on their pre-season tour of the USA and it’s brilliant. Simple and effective, it will provide a great contrast with their home colours.

I believe that with a black kit, the best thing to do is keep it simple. This does that perfectly, with minimal red trim and sponsors logos, name and number in red too. I’m not really a fan of the growing trend for tonal crests (having the badge blend in with the colours of the kit robs it of a bit of its identity) but from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, it works brilliantly here.

It does lose half a point for having the same slightly odd neckline as the home shirt though.

Leganés

Home 9/10

Lega launched their new home kit at the end of June and it’s a belter. Mixing up the design of the traditional blue and white stripes with a mis-matched design and broader stripes than last season’s kit.

The thicker stripes and solid colour sleeves mean that blue (at first look a darker shade too) features more prominently this season, which should help the look of the kit overall. I liked last season’s, but from a distance it looked all-white.

It does lose a point for the betting company sponsor, especially as the way the stripes merge serves to draw a bit more attention to it.

Away 4/10 – Third 8/10

Two more new kits released on Friday 28th June meant Lega became the first Madrid side to release all three kits for the 2019/20 season.

Green has been a common away colour for Leganés in recent seasons (it’s quite fitting considering the Pepineros nickname) and after it was replaced last season by the sadly under-used 90th anniversary jersey, it makes a comeback for the new season.

But not in a good way…

I like green kits (I’m a Northern Ireland fan so I pretty much have to) but the shade of green is very important. And letting the more fluorescent shade dominate does nothing for me. Even less so when it’s the shade used for the shorts and socks too. Flip the colours and it wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m afraid this one gets a thumbs down from me.

The third kit atones for the away’s errors though by keeping things simple. Purple isn’t that common a colour for football kits in major European leagues (Fiorentina, Valladolid and the odd Real Madrid away kit aside) so it’s nice to see it make an appearance here.

It probably won’t get too many outings (away to Betis is probably about it) but if last season is anything to go by, it could well end up being worn by Pichu Cuellar between the posts.

Sadly not explanation from the Lega press department on what the pattern on the shirt means, so make up your own kit launch nonsense. I’m going with the lines representing the steam rising from the grills which cook the legendary lomo sandwiches.

Getafe

Los Azulones launched their new kits on 4th July and erm, they’re a significant downgrade from last season’s efforts.

Home 5/10

Last season’s Getafe home kit was one of my favourites in La Liga. The navy accents and Spanish flag trim worked really in livening up the all blue kit. But this new one pales in comparison.

The white trim sticks out awkwardly rather than complimenting the kit and in truth, it just looks cheap and bland. Like Getafe have bulk ordered from the Joma teamwear catalogue instead of asking them to come up with a unique design.

Away 6/10. Third 4/10

So yeah… it’s the same template for all three outfield kits, which might be ok if it was an exciting, inventive template. But it isn’t.

The away kit is my favourite of the bunch. The orangey/red main colour works well with the dark blue trim even if, like the home kit, it is a step down from the kit it is replacing.

The third kit is just a no from me. The same template, only in a washed-out yellow (never my favourite colour for a kit) and it looks almost identical to last season’s Villarreal kit.

After their amazing campaign last season, Geta deserved a great set of kits to take them on their next European adventure. Hopefully their players are a bit more inspired than the kit designers!

Rayo Vallecano

Rayo launched all three of their new kits for 2019/20 on Monday 15th July and like last season, have chosen the same template for all three of them, with decidedly mixed results…

Home 5/10

Nope, don’t like this at all. The material looks very cheap and shiny, it retains the black trim which I wasn’t a fan of on last season’s shirt, the 95th anniversary logo is really oversized in the middle of the shirt and the red fading effect just looks horribly out of place.

I think they’re using the exact same shorts and socks as last season’s kit too. In fact the socks, with the red thunderbolt on them, are possibly the best thing about the kit!

Away 6/10

I like this one a bit more for two reasons.

  1. The 95th anniversary logo is much smaller and not as intrusive.
  2. The fade effect of black into red works much better on this kit.

Not a patch on their black and gold away kit from last season though, which I was always a very big fan of. Like the home kit, I don’t think there’s any need for a third colour to be included (white this time) as it makes the kit look a little busy.

Third 6/10

The third kit is actually fairly different to the image Rayo launched it with, the blue is more of a royal blue shade than the sky blue shown here and the shirt does seem to actually start out blue before the fading effect into black, unlike on the other two kits. This one is at least a massive upgrade on the turquoise trimmed with fluorescent yellow third kit which Rayo wore last season.

If last season is anything to go by, the third kit will see plenty of use as a goalkeeper kit.

Fuenlabrada

Newly promoted to La Segunda (now called La Liga SmartBank for sponsorship reasons) Fuenla have shown everyone else how you launch a kit. The only thing missing is a cameo from Kiriko/Barry the Chicken!

Home 8/10 – Away 6/10

Alas, both shirts are the same basic Joma template, with a neat button-up collar and minimal gold trim on the sleeves. I really like the home one – as I explained above, there’s something about blue trimmed with a bit of gold that just works and it feels appropriate here as a celebration of their Segunda B championship win and first ever promotion to the second tier.

The away is just bland – and as I explained with Real Madrid above, white and gold just doesn’t work for me.

The Best of the Lower Leagues

Unión Adarve Home: 8/10

Unión Adarve’s kit from last season was one of my favourites I came across last season and despite their relegation from Segunda B, they’ll be looking smart in the Tercera.

This was actually designed by the winner of an online competition and it ensures they’ll stand out at a level where teamwear templates tend to dominate. I love the fading effect on the central red stripe and the Spanish flag colours on the neckline is a nice touch too!

RCD Carabanchel Home 6/10. Away 7/10

I visited RCD Carabanchel, Madrid’s third oldest club, playing in the city’s oldest stadium, back in April and although they lost on that day, they’ll continue to play in the Tercera this season.

Both kits are fairly standard template designs and aside from moving the cross of Santiago to behind the crest, I can’t really tell much difference between this and the shirt they used last season. The away is nice though, red with the black yoke design works well

Flat Earth FC Home 7/10

No sooner than Mostoles Balompie secured promotion to the Tercera, it was announced that they were changing their name to Flat Earth FC. As you do.

President Javi Poves claimed the club was “born to unite the voices of millions of flat earth movement followers and all those people who are looking for answers.” Sounds like a bit of a publicity stunt to me but it has been a reasonably successful one. Let’s face it, I probably wouldn’t be talking about them without it. The kit looks reasonably n ice though. Navy isn’t that common a colour for clubs, so it should stand out a bit in the Tercera this season.

Atlético Villalba Home: 8/10

Ok, so I guess this isn’t exactly a new kit but I felt it really needed mentioning on the blog. It’s quite unlike anything I have ever seen before. Top half blue and white stripes, bottom half red and white stripes, red shorts and socks.

Why has no one ever come up with this sort of kit design before? This actually makes me want to go and see Atlético Villalba play this season so I’ll be keeping an eye out for their fixtures. Who knows, if replicas are available, I’ll probably even buy one!

More updates coming as more strips are released over the summer.

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