The Madrid Football Fashion Parade (Summer 2021 Edition)

It’s the summer, club football has taken a back seat for a few weeks as Euro “2020” takes precedence but meanwhile the transfer rumour mill rolls on and clubs are revealing the new kits they’ll be wearing for the next 12 months or so.

One of these kits may well become associated with a legendary Champions League or La Liga win, a heroic battle against relegation, a historic promotion or maybe it’ll just be remembered as a classic design. Or perhaps it’ll be one that in years to come fans will scratch their heads and say “What were they thinking?” before it inevitably becomes a ‘cult classic’ in about 15 years time.

The Ratings

I’ve decided to mix-up the scoring system for this year by replacing the old marks out of ten with a new five-shirt rating.

Anything above three shirts is technically a recommendation.

👕👕👕👕👕 – Amazing. I might even buy it.

👕👕👕👕 – Very Good

👕👕👕 – Perfectly Fine

👕👕 – Not Great

👕 – Not for me, Clive


La Liga

Madrid once again has four teams in the top flight following Rayo’s dramatic promotion play-off win. I expected Rayo to release their new kits at 9am on the day of their first game but they surprised everyone by launching it on 18th July!

Atlético Madrid

The reigning La Liga champions went all-in at the start of July with four new shirts being revealed at once, each with a special significance in this year where Atlético celebrate 75 years under their current identity.

So let’s break them all down…

Let’s start with the home shirt, which was leaked on the internet months ago, so there’s no real surprise about the paint splatter effect stripes.

The club website claims that this shirt is “inspired by” the first one they wore as Club Atlético de Madrid 75 years ago, though beyond both shirts featuring a central white stripe it’s hard to see any similarities.

The two main red stripes and the bar where the sponsor is placed supposedly form a letter A – for Atlético – which I think would be a nice touch… if it didn’t look more like an H (perhaps Diego Simeone was Line of Duty’s fourth man all along).

All in all, a massive downgrade from last season’s home kit, which was one of my favourites.

Rating: 👕👕

The away shirt is “inspired by” the away shirt worn by the side which won the double in the 1995/96 season. In this case there is some connection – both are navy shirts with a splash of red across the body, although on the original, it was higher up on the chest and mostly on the other side. It had a cool shadow print of the Estadio Vicente Calderón too, which is most-likely lacking from this.

Rating: 👕👕👕

Onto the third shirt, which already seems to be the most divisive of the bunch. “Inspired by” the colours of the Vicente Calderón, it takes its main colour from the blue seats of the lower tier at Atlético’s old stadium, with the piping on the side, cuffs and collar in the club’s traditional red and white colours, in reference to the seats of the top tiers.

The seats at the iconic Estadio Vicente Calderón

I really can’t decide on this shirt, on one hand, the idea is good, but I wonder if the red and white trim isn’t a bit of overkill. Also is there any need to have two kits which are essentially different shades of blue?

I’m sticking my neck out and saying this one gets a thumbs up from me at this stage, I’m looking forward to seeing it in the flesh soon – after that the three shirt rating may change!

Rating: 👕👕👕

The “special edition” shirt is sadly the least-inspiring of the bunch. Supposedly based on the red shirts worn in two iconic victories, away to Celtic in 1974 which saw Atléti reach their first European Cup Final and a Copa del Rey Final win over Athletic in 1985, it appears to just be a bog-standard piece of teamwear which can be ordered from a catalogue for around 20 quid.

Given that this is the shirt which sees the iconic Atlético crest return, something fans have been desperate for since it was replaced in 2017, it deserved to be so much better.

Rating: 👕

Real Madrid

Real Madrid were one of the first teams in Spain to release their new kit for the 2021/22 season on 1st June.

And you know what, I actually like it!

The orange and blue trim works a lot better than last season’s pink (although it did grow on me) and the circular pattern included on the back and through the fabric, supposedly “inspired by” the roundabout at Plaza de Cibeles – scene of so many Madrid celebrations in the past, makes it stand out a bit from past efforts. For once Adidas just haven’t changed the colour of the trim and said “Is that not enough?”

However, I am sad as it means another year without purple trim returning to the home kit, we have to go back to the 2007/08 season for the last time that happened.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

The away strip, launched at the beginning of August, continues the colour scheme from the home trim, albeit in a darker shade of blue.

It works really well though, and I’m a big fan of the shadow pattern which is the club’s name written in a graffiti style (tying in with the promotional campaign) which gives it a very 1990’s touch. And as we all know, everything was better in the 1990’s, especially football kits.

Graffiti-style Real Madrid print on the back of the shirt

This one gets another resounding thumbs up from me.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

Getafe

Getafe kit launches are always no frills affairs. Here are the three kits, almost always three variations of this year’s Joma template and this year is no different.

The three shirts are blue, red and white – the most typical colours used by the club over the last few years – and all feature the same graphic shadow pattern on the front, with a Y-shaped pattern formed by the collar and a single stripe, which continues down the front of the shirt.

The home shirt is officially marketed as their 75th anniversary shirt, the red away pays tribute to the Getafe players who have represented the Spanish national side and the white third, where the shadow pattern is tinted pink, is dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer.

I do like all three kits, a little predictable, but solid, safe, traditional designs. I’m rating them all together because there’s no great difference between my opinions for any of them individually.

Rating: 👕👕👕

Rayo Vallecano

Rayo surprised everyone by releasing their new kits on 18th July, with a major shake-up in their home kit!

The home kit has been quite divisive, with a lot of online kit aficionados praising the innovative decision to incorporate the “lightning bolt” design from the club’s crest on the shirt instead of the traditional red sash, while many fans are less pleased with the departure from tradition.

Me? I’m in the “it’s a grower” camp. I think it would be better without the slightly fiddly bits of black and red trim and I don’t think the collar really works, but it’s done enough to receive a thumbs up from me. A couple of people have already asked me to bring them one back when I next go home too!

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

The away strip is my favourite of the bunch, a return to a more traditional black version of the classic home design after last season’s muted black and grey shirt. Only this time they’ve added lightning! ⚡️

I love the lightning design on the sleeves and within the red sash. It makes the kit stand out a bit more. The trim and collar even work better on this one.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕👕

The invention which produced the home and away seems to have run out by the time they got round to the third shirt, which is just a light blue and white colour-swap of the home.

I imagine this will see plenty of use as the goalkeeper shirt this season, probably more than as an outfield shirt as apart from the Copa del Rey, there won’t be any occasions where both white and black clash with the opposition.

Rating: 👕👕


Segunda División

In the Segunda, Madrid will once again be represented by three sides from the city’s southern fringes, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada and Leganés.

Alcorcón

Alcorcón celebrated their 50th anniversary on 20th July by launching new home and away kits.

The home kit is, unsurprisingly, all yellow, but it does boast a few nice details which set it apart. The broken pinstripes are continued through the body of the shirt in the form of the names of the different barrios of Alcorcón, the supporters clubs and the club’s values.

I quite like this one, it’s a simple, smart design and the way they used the pinstripe pattern is effective, though from the replies on Twitter, I can tell that some of the club’s fans are upset they haven’t used either a special 50th anniversary badge, or returned to the club’s classic crest, although it is featured in the shadow pattern.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

The away kit is black and gold and also looks pretty good from the launch photos. There isn’t as much intricate detail as on the home shirt, but this also gets a thumbs up from me.

Like the home shirt, it was launched without sponsorship and it would be nice to see them remain that way.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

Fuenlabrada

Barry’s boys released their new home kit on 10th July. And it’s blue.

There’s not really much more to say about it. The shadow stripe pattern looks promising, but the shirt itself is a bit dull, with nothing really making it stand out from the crowd.

Rating: 👕👕

Leganés

After something of an off-year in 2020/21, Joma have returned to form with their kits for Super Pepino’s men.

The new home shirt is everything last year’s wasn’t. For a start, it’s actually blue and white stripes again – a more traditional style returning for the first time since the 2018/19 season.

It’s a fairly standard design, but the scribble pattern in the blue stripes is a nice flourish.

Another big plus is the absence of the massive Betway logo which has been on the front of the shirts for the past few years due to the Spanish government’s ban on gambling advertising. I imagine a logo of some kind will find its way onto the shirt at some point, but for now it looks great as it is.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

Leganés will be wearing green again on their travels in this striking new shirt based on the skin of the cucumbers the city is famous for.

It’s good to see them back in their traditional away colour after last season’s sojourn in neon green-trimmed black and the pattern on the body really sets it apart from some other Joma kits which seem to follow very safe templates.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

And the third kit is a reddish pink colour – I can’t really tell, the stock photos look different compared to pictures of players actually wearing the kit – and features a circular pattern similar to, but not identical to the one featured on Real Madrid’s home shirt.

I couldn’t find anything online to support this, but I’m going to assume that this was inspired by the roundabout near Butarque with the big Loch Ness Monster statue in it.

Rating: 👕👕👕


Primera RFEF

Newly created this season as an extra professional league to bridge the gap between the Segunda and the old Segunda B, Madrid is strongly represented across both groups. Group One will see Rayo Majadahonda, UD Sanse and DUX Internacional de Madrid competing while for some reason Real Madrid Castilla are in Group Two. But as they’ll be wearing the same kits as the first team, they don’t matter.

UD Sanse

Sanse’s home kit is basically the same as last season’s so it’s the away and third kits that I’ll concentrate on here.

The black away kit is a standard Nike template but the gold trim works well on a kit intended to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

I have to say I don’t particularly like the template, mainly the large patches of the alternating colour on the shoulders. With gold trim, I generally feel that less is more, so a more restrained usage would probably fit in better.

Rating: 👕👕👕

The third kit is just an unremarkable red template, surely just there to tick boxes to avoid a potential colour clash.

Rating: 👕👕


Segunda RFEF

Or essentially what used to be the old Segunda B. Madrid will be represented in one of the five groups by Artístico Navalcarnero, Leganés B, CD Móstoles UJRC and Unión Adarve.


Tercera RFEF

We all know that the Tercera is the best league in Madrid. And there should be plenty of great kits to match.

AD Parla

A remarkably early first kit launch in the Tercera from Parla and from the preview images they’ve released, their new kits from Luanvi are a huge upgrade on the Puma teamwear they sported last season.

The home kit, a blue base with faded black stripes, black shorts and socks and yellow trim on the collars and cuffs is very smart, but it’s the away kit that I really like.

The white shirt features an asymmetric blue and black pattern with a paint splatter effect (used far more effectively here than elsewhere in Madrid this summer) and the white shorts and socks offer plenty of opportunities for mixing and matching with the home kit.

Rating: Home – 👕👕👕👕 Away – 👕👕👕👕👕

RCD Carabanchel

Madrid’s third-oldest club have moved from Joma to Adidas this season and although, yes it is a teamwear template, the new home and away shirts are both pretty classy efforts.

It’s a basic template with an alternating colour on the collar and side panels. The home kit remains, as always, the club’s classic white and black, whereas the shirt looks purple from the initial photos.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕 (for both shirts)

Villaverde

Botti have brought out a new away strip for this season, with their home kit remaining unchanged but for the return of white socks.

The new away kit is a standard Joma template and is an attractive enough ensemble, a turquoise shirt trimmed with navy, with navy shorts.

Rating: 👕👕👕


Other Leagues

Everything below the Tercera goes in here. Well, anything I think is worth a mention anyway.

Independiente de Vallecas

The fan-owned club invited supporters to send in their designs for the 2021/22 kits to be made by local company Uno Nuevo Ocho.

The home shirt is mostly maroon, with the major difference from the last shirt being a white chest band trimmed with black with “Vallecas” filling the space where a sponsor would normally appear.

This is necessary I feel because the it would feel somewhat incomplete without some writing there – and La Burdeos are not going to sell out to corporate sponsorship any time soon.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕

The away kit is even better. It’s a slightly updated take on their excellent away kit from the past two seasons, a white shirt this time with a vertical maroon and black stripe on the left side and black pinstripes completing the look.

It’s a quality shirt and definitely on my “to buy” list for the new season.

Rating: 👕👕👕👕👕

CD Coslada

From the Madrid Preferente (the tier below the Tercera) CD Coslada have launched a new crest this season and they’re obviously happy with the roaring lion design as it features prominently on the body of both home and away shirts.

It certainly stands out – and it is always nice to see lower league clubs with a bespoke kit instead of the dreaded catalogue teamwear offerings, even if I can’t quite make out who the manufacturer is.

The red and navy home strip is a good colour combination, but i can’t help but feel the badge design works much better on the white and navy away.

Rating: 👕👕👕

Betis San Isidro

BSI are one of the fútbol modesto clubs I’m looking forward to seeing in person in the coming season, after their games last year were by invitation only.

In 2021/22, they’ll be wearing Adidas and while it’s a template, I do like this effort with its varied thickness of stripes and classic round collar.

Rating: 👕👕👕

Madrid CFF

Madrid’s top independent women’s club launched their new kits in late August ahead of their season starting on the first weekend of September.

It’s essentially the same template as Real Madrid’s home shirt for both kits, but with the collar and cuffs on the white home shirt in purple and pink and white swapped out for purple on the away. Both are certainly big improvements on their grey-tinged efforts from last season.

Rating: Home – 👕👕👕👕 Away – 👕👕👕


Have I missed anything?

If so, leave a comment below or contact @viajesenfutbol on Twitter and I’ll be sure to add it in.

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