Happy #SickKitFriday! And it is a happy one indeed, because this week we had club games, Cup games, and international AFCON games. And on top of an abundance of matches, we have also been graced with an abundance of new, sweet tops. Let’s check them out.
ASBURY PARK FC
Our friends over at Asbury Park can’t stop and won’t stop releasing sick kits. This time, it’s their 1993 Umbro jersey.
The black-and-white pattern, darker on the shoulders, makes the green of the Heritage badge pop even more. We’re especially glad they chose to continue the pattern onto the shorts rather than opt for a more boring, way-less-retro all-black pair.
Classic football meets Classic Football Shirts in 8th-division English side Sheffield F.C.’s new round of kits.
Though it is rare that a sponsor improves rather than ruins a kit (looking at you, Manchester United), it is a sponsor quite apt for the very first football club ever. The fading seat belt stripe standing out on the otherwise clean kits (blue away, red home) isn’t too bad either.
We haven’t seen an AFCON kit we haven’t loved, but Mali’s might have just skyrocketed up to the #1 spot. Made by French brand Airness, the kit draws on the national colors of Mali — striped like the nation’s flag on the collar, on the sleeves, and across the chest, as well as in the eagle graphic on the front. The team is nicknamed Les Aigles (The Eagles), after all.
The away kit is the same design but with a white background instead of yellow.
The soccer world continues to remind us that the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash are gone but certainly not forgotten. Nike’s special kit for Liga MX side Club Pachuca, in honor of the Brazilian club’s tragedy, were debuted last week in their first home match of the season.
In monochrome black and white is a “#FuerzaChape” above the main logo, and their club crest doubles as a black memorial ribbon. The kit will not be for sale.
We covered a few continents here in New York this week.
Which AFCON kit has been your favorite so far? What kit will you be rocking this weekend? Let us know, send your thanks to FootyHeadlines for helping us out as always, and have a sick weekend.