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  • Review: Manchester City home jersey 12-13

    Manchester City 2012-2013 Home Short Sleeve Shirt Review

    by Julian Smith, Lisbon, Portugal.

     

    It took 44 years and £481 million (at current exchange rates about €590 or $770 million), but Manchester City finally reclaimed the top spot in the Premier League last year. It’s easy to say you can’t claim that ALL that cash won them the title, but it’s hard to argue that at least £38 million (about €45 or $60 million) didn’t. This was the transfer fee paid for Sergio Agüero at the beginning of the season who scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner vs QPR on the last match day of last season, allowing The Citizens to surpass the Red Devils of Man United on points to win the Premier League title.

    I’ve always been a fan of light blue as a background color for a shirt, so I have a particular affinity for Man City shirts, but this year’s shirt in particular has some interesting new design points too.

     

    The Shirt

    Manchester City home jersey front

     

    Manchester City’s 2012-13 home shirt features their distinctive sky blue color as a base, and they opted for black as the second color, which was used as the base back in the 1880’s when the club was known as St Marks (West Gorton). When I first saw the color combo, I was a little turned off, but it has definitely grown on me and the colors do seem to complement each other well and it all looks good when worn off the skin.

    Since 2000, City have used three different suppliers in Le Coq Sportif, Reebok, and a brief stint back with Le Coq Sportif before turning to Umbro (through Nike) in 2009. Umbro probably make the best replica kits in the game as they normally manufacture a polyester/cotton combo (in this case 80%/20%) for lots of comfort and a great feel when worn. 

     

    Man City home jersey model

    *Note: Shirt being worn is a medium, wearer is 6’1” and 160 pounds (1.85m, 72.5 kg)

     

    While City’s first home shirt from the Umbro series was a bit bland, in that it was almost too simple, they have made steps over the years to add some unique details to their shirts. 

    Man City home jersey collar 11-12

    Man City home shirt 12-13 collar

     

    I absolutely loved the 2011-12 collar (see first picture above), thinking it would be hard to top. When I first saw the 2012-13 collar I was a bit concerned as smaller, protruding collars can sometimes be flimsy and flop around when worn. This is not the case with this year’s dark collar (see next picture above), which stays rigid almost naturally.

     

    Details

    Everyone knows the saying “nothing in life is free”, so with the big money for transfers comes the Etihad Airways sponsorship. The look of the sponsor is nothing special, same with the feel of the plastic material…

    The shirt overall lacks extras, but one thing to highlight is the neckline cut-out (see collar picture). In terms of ventilation or feel the feature is pretty useless, but together with the collar it all looks pretty slick.

     

    Manchester City home shirt champs badge 11-12

     

    As champions, City this year earned the gold premier patches for their shirt. Not a big fan of the gold matched with the dark tones of the shirt, but the patches are all about pride so you it’s a sacrifice I’m sure they, and their fans, are happy to swallow.

     

    Man City logo

    Man City crest 12-13

     

     

    A (disappointing) change to the shirt is the badge. While the black looks good to match the other features, the colored crest looks a lot better with the sky blue. See above for the badge from last year first, followed by this year’s “black-out” badge. Both badges are stitched into the shirt, not plastic.

     

    Printing

     

    Man City home jersey 12-13 personalization

     

    In some of my other reviews I’ve noticed that I tend to be pretty critical of printing on shirts. Almost all shirts in my collection have printing, even if I don’t like the font so much, just to have my team hero for all to see. When it comes to the English Premier League, though, I’m very happy with the look of the characters.

     

    Man City home jersey printing EPL lextra

     

    I was a bit wary that the black font would be a bit overwhelming with the sky blue color of the shirt since the numbers are so large, but, as mentioned before, put all together with all the other black details it looks quite nice.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Man City home jersey 12-13 rating

     


    This is definitely one of my favorite shirts from this season. It isn’t one of the best looking, but you can’t go wrong with structure and feel from Umbro. Perhaps they should have decided to go with the “black-out” look to another shirt, but this one still looks ok from a design standpoint.

    As always, the official kit and printing are available to purchase from MMSports.


     

     


  • Anmeldelse: FC København hjemme trøje 12-13

     Anmeldelse: FC København hjemme trøje 12-13

    By Christiaan Husing , San Jose, California

    I enjoyed my visit to Copenhagen and have a fondness for Denmark and the Danish people. I've been a football fan since my youth and have amassed a large football shirt collection. I have worn many shirts from many clubs from many manufacturers.

     

    FC Copenhagen have been my Danish side for some years. I have owned a number of FCK shirts from the early 2000s onward.

     

    In recent years, Kappa's line of replica shirts have not been the best for supporters. Tight-fitting, they look good on athletes but not necessary on out of shape or aged supporters! The Kappa logo, with its naked man and woman, has embarrassing connotations in the United States.

     

    Thankfully, for the 2012-2013 season, FCK have paired with Adidas to provide a line of classic replica shirts and training wear. The 2012-2013 FC Copenhagen home shirt merges Adidas' classic style with FCK's recent history. 

     

    FCK hjemme trøje

     

    The shirt is light and features Adidas' Climacool fabric which is moisture-wicking. I first wore it doing some cleaning work and felt just as dry after I was finished as when I put it on.

     

    The three Adidas blue stripes on the shoulder are a classic look and the FCK emblem is embroidered on the chest. The FCK logo definitely attracts attention with its blue lion and the Danish flag makes the shirt stand out here in America. With the Carlsberg sponsors logo screen printed on the chest, nobody will mistake this shirt as being from Major League Soccer!\

     

    Adidas shirts tend to be fond of collars, which while historical, do not please me from a style standpoint. Thankfully, this shirt does not have a collar. Unlike the Kappa shirts, the replica is cut for a more comfortable fit and will accommodate those who are thin and those who are not-so-thin!

     

    What makes this shirt stand out more from past FCK shirts is the addition of "1992-2012" in gold on the back neck line in gold font. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the modern FCK club.

     

    I recommend the shirt to all FCK supporters and congratulate Adidas on their effort!

     

     

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  • Anmeldelse: Dortmund hjemme trøje 12-13

     Anmeldelse: Dortmund hjemme trøje 12-13

    Af Sune Sørensen


    Jeg voksede op med de legendariske refleksgule Dortmundtrøjer fra 90erne, og efter en årrække med mindre stilfulde og uinspirerende trøjer må jeg konstatere, at Dortmund i denne sæson spiller i en af de flotteste trøjer i mange år!

     

    Dortmund hjemme trøje

     

    Den nye BVB Borussia Dortmund trøje for sæsonen 12/13 blev offentliggjort d. 4 juli 2012. Oprindeligt spillede Dortmund i blå – og hvidstribede trøjer med et rødt mærke og sorte shorts, men siden 1913 har Die Schwarzgelben spillet i de traditionelle sorte og gule farver. Dette års spilletrøje er også skabt i den klassiske farvekombination, men på mange andre måder er trøjen nyskabende.

    Det tyske firma Puma har afløst Kappa som tøjsponsor, og trøjen er lavet af 100% polyester. På venstre bryst sidder klublogoet med initialerne BVB 09. Det står for Ballspiel-Vereirn Borrussia 1909. Klubben blev dannet i 1909, og Borussia refererer til et lokalt bryggeri i Dortmund, som de 17 grundlæggere tog navn efter. Over logoet er der desuden to stjerner, hvor der i sidste sæson kun var én.

    På højre bryst er der en sort Puma. Puma har også deres logo på begge ærmer. På maven sidder reklamen for Evonik, som har været hovedsponsor for klubben siden 2006. Det står skrevet med bordeauxrøde bogstaver med en elegant tynd sort kant.

    Nederst på forsiden af trøjen ses et gråt mærke, som kan scannes. Mærket viser at trøjen er et autentisk produkt fra Puma og indeholder desuden et hjerte og en fodbold, der illustrerer firmaets kærlighed til sporten.

     

    Dortmund Puma autenticitets mærke

     

    Kraven adskiller sig også fra sidste års trøje, der ingen krave havde. Den er sort med to tynde gule striber og sidder rigtig godt på halsen. Kraven kan ikke foldes ud, da den er syet fast i siderne, men det er i mine øjne også med til at gøre trøjen speciel. Under kraven, på indersiden af trøjen, står der Echte Liebe, som er Dortmunds slogan og betyder ægte kærlighed.

     

    Dortmund hjemme trøje krave Echte Liebe

     

    Ærmerne er markeret med en sort kant, og i armhulerne er stoffet ekstra tyndt for bedre svedabsorbering. På højre ærme sidder Bundesligaens officielle tryk. Den øverste del af logoet er broderet med guldtråd og bærer nummeret 50, der henviser til at Bundesligaens i denne sæson fejrer 50 års jubilæum. I forlængelse af selve logoet, står der, at Dortmund er tyske mestre fra sæsonen 2011/2012.

     

    Bundesliga Meister logo 11-12

     

    På ryggen er trykket skrevet med sort. Trykket er nyt og utraditionelt indenfor fodboldverdenen og giver trøjen et fedt udtryk. I hvert tal i spillerens nummer er der desuden et klublogo nederst.

     

    Dortmund hjemme trøje tryk

     

    Den nye Dortmund trøje er utrolig stilfuld, behagelig at have på og sidder fantastisk på kroppen. Størrelsesmæssigt passer trøjen også rigtig godt, men man kan overveje at bestille den et nummer større end de t-shirts, man går i til dagligt, hvis man vil undgå at den skal sidde helt stramt.

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    Dortmund har vundet 8 tyske mesterskaber, 3 pokaltitler, Champions League 1997, VM for klub hold 1997 og en Cup Winners Cup i 1966.

    Dortmund var det første tyske hold til at vinde en international titel med sejren i 1966.

    Det først mål i Bundesligaens historie blev scoret af Friedhelm Konietzka fra Dortmund i 1963.

     

    Dortmund ude bane trøje

    Læs anmeldelse af Borussia Dortmund udebane trøje her!

     

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  • Anmeldelse: FC Bayern CL trøje 12-13

    Anmeldelse: FC Bayern CL ude trøje 12-13

    by Dave Borak, Washington DC, USA.

    Short version:

    This has been my favorite Bayern kit in a long time. Black and sleek, bold accent colors, and an inspiring design. This Adidas-made, crewneck-collar shirt has authentic printing, high quality workmanship, and breathable material.  I love how the all-black design (like last season’s kit) makes the accents -- the silver Adidas stripes and logo, the Bayern team badge with 4 stars embroidered over the heart, the intricate sleeve badges of the UCL Starball and UCL Badge of Distinction, and a bold name and number set on back -- really pop out.  The red/orange accents on the collar and sleeve-ends are bright enough to be seen on the foggiest pitch. Best of all, the starry stripes on the chest look very closely like the roof of the Allianz Arena, site of many FC Bayern victories, site of the infamous 2012 UEFA Champions League final.  Bayern reminds its fans not to forget the mistakes of last season, but also inspires them focus on winning the Champions League this season.

     

    FC Bayern CL udebane trøje

     

    Review FC Bayern Champions League away jersey 12/13

    Last season, after a dramatic win to overcome Real Madrid in the semifinals, FC Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League run came to an end in the final as they fell to Chelsea in penalties.   Those who remember the Bavarian giants’ third kit from 11/12 will recall the bold, black Champions League look with added iconic red and white stripes. So I was excited to see how the new Bayern Munich 12/13 Champions League third kit would send a message that Bayern fans should learn from the past, but also focus on winning the 12/13 Champions League Cup.

    This outstanding new Bayern Munich 12/13 Champions League third kit sends that exact message.  It goes without saying that the Adidas-made, crewneck-collar shirt has authentic printing, high quality workmanship, and breathable material.  But it’s the design that really stands out and is made to inspire FC Bayern fans.

    First, the all-black design (like last season’s kit) makes the accents really pop out.  And, as usual, the attention to small detail is outstanding.  The silver Adidas stripes and logo, the Bayern team badge with 4 stars embroidered over the heart – they stand out and shine with Bayern pride.  As with all other Bayern shirts, the design also incorporates the traditional motto “Mia San Mia” (we are who we are) embroidered in an interesting color on the dark main shade of the jersey’s back. The jersey comes with intricate sleeve badges of the UCL Starball and UCL Badge of Distinction (which indicates Bayern’s four titles), as well as a bold name and number set on back.

    This color is intriguing. The 12/13 Bayern home jersey is predominantly red, while the 12/13 Bayern away jersey white with an orange collar and sleeve-ends. So what color to make the fringes of the third kit?  It’s a strange, yet appealing mix of orange and red – what Adidas called “infrared.”  At first, I thought it was too bright, but its boldness is necessary on an otherwise serene black background.

    So far, though, this kit sounds similar to last season’s – but the real distinction is that the red and white stripes across the chest are gone.  Instead, you will see starry stripes that emanate from the logo to the collar.  The design brilliantly takes Bayern fans back home. The starry stripes on the chest look very closely like the roof of the Allianz Arena, site of many FC Bayern victories, site of the infamous 2012 UEFA Champions League final.  So as I said, Bayern reminds its fans not to forget the mistakes of last season, but also inspires them focus on winning the Champions League this season.

    This has been my favorite Bayern kit in a long time. Black and sleek, bold accent colors, and an inspiring design. What more could a fan ask for?

     

    FC Bayern Name and Number Set

     

    FC Bayern CL away jersey 12-13

     

     

     

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  • Review: AC Milan home jersey 12-13

     Anmeldelse: AC Milan hjemme trøje 12-13

    Review: AC Milan home jersey 12/13

    By Enrique Madrona Jr., Ohio - USA

     

    With a new season comes a new jersey and in the case of Italy’s AC Milan, designers have chosen to shake it up once more in search for the ultimate devilish style for the Rossoneri. With the debut of a new and daring season for a squad that has suffered a grand migration of players, both legends and stars alike, Milan hits the field with a sharp look that expands upon the designs of recent years. Milan’s young and fresh squad has suffered some bitter defeats and unlucky chances so far in this 2012/2013 season, but like the Rossoneri squad, the season is young and there is quite a bit of time to improve and show the true potential of the new AC Milan. Fans can anticipate a season where we will see the best squeezed out of this set of players and hopefully, the return of the goal scoring menace, Alexandre Pato.


    AC Milan home jersey 12-13AC Milan player Prince 10

    AC Milan Kevin Prince Boateng

    (Boateng photograph courtesy of Getty images.)

     

    The Look

    As a proud wearer of AC Milan’s home jersey for the last two seasons, in which the Rossoneri won the league and then finished second, I can note and appreciate the particular details that adorn this new home kit’s shirt. For me, the 10/11 home jersey was a case of “Love at first sight”, and the 11/12 jersey took a few matches to really get my attention, but this year’s Milan jersey is, in my opinion, up there among the best Milan home shirts in recent history.


    AC Milan home jersey front

     

    Red and black Stripes are ALWAYS the primary subject of AC Milan’s home jersey and this year, they have once again reverted from their previous design. For Milan’s 10/11 home kit, large stripes were used all around the jersey but it was clear that the jersey’s primary focus was an extensive use of black. Last season, the 11/12 kit sported small and organized stripes that were focused on the front and the back of the jersey. The jersey’s base was red so the presence of black was not quite as strong as it had been before. This year, the home jersey takes a step back and puts a greater emphasis on the black tones while taking some design ideas from last year’s white heavy jersey.

     

    AC Milan home jersey fabric

    AC Milan home jersey details

     

    The new kit sports a five-stripe design on the front and the back with three black stripes and two red ones. This design brings the black to light much more than last year and goes back to a larger stripe design that I think is more appealing both on and off the field. The stripe design is completely bordered by a thin trim sporting the colors of the Italian flag; even more, each individual stripe is sided with a vertical tri-color stripe of the Italian flag. This use of the Italian national colors is a really nice accent of an already attractive design and it looks spectacular whether you are up close or far away. The Italian colors outlining the stripes look very nice and the design makes jerseys of recent seasons look void of detail where the stripes meet. Milan has always been heavy in the use of their nation’s colors in their kits and the green, white and red of Italy is used to outline several parts of this cool and classy jersey.

     

    AC Milan home jersey collar

    AC Milan jersey collar backside

     

    For a few seasons, Milan’s away and third kits have been toying with the concept of collars on and off and finally, they have brought it back to the home jersey. Sporting a great white collar, Milan’s new home jersey shows how much the use of white has penetrated into the soul of Milan’s designs. Last year’s white shoulder stripes are back and they make Adidas’s signature three-stripe design stand out; the design stems right from the matching collar. Flip up the collar and you will find the text “ac milan” on the back of the neck, a nice little addition to the look.


    AC Milan home jersey logo

    AC Milan crest

     

    I am a fan of sleeve designs that end in a ring design, like last year’s bold and white sleeve cuffs, but I do find myself an even bigger fan of the new jersey’s sleeves. The ends of the short sleeves are rounded in the same black shared across the jersey and in fact, it is linked with a black segment of the under-arm area. This is a replacement to last year’s stripes that ran all over the sleeves too. Now the design has a sleek “red on the top, black on the bottom” style that further incorporates the red and black design into the jersey.

     

    Overall, I think that this year’s look is simply one of the best ever. It gets the best features of recent jerseys: a greater emphasis of the black and white base while adding some great white accents, and blends it all together into a new look that comes off as fresh and classic at the same time. The Adidas and Fly Emirates logos in white go well with the collar and Adidas stripes and it helps to keep that composed look rather than the occasional discolored sponsor slapped onto an incompatibly designed jersey. Everything is seamless here and I have no negative comments whatsoever.


    AC Milan jersey stripes

    ( A comparison of stripes over the years. In order of appearance: 10/11, 11/12, and 12/13 home jerseys of AC Milan.)

    The Fit

    The 11/12 home kit that Milan sported last year was top-class in terms of fit and comfort. The new Milan jersey improves upon the changes brought last year while returning to the larger stripes from before. The fabric of the jersey has been, in all parts, thinned. The separate large stripes no longer had drastically different compositions, as was the case for the home jersey for the 10/11 season, and it is extremely comfortable to wear. I would say it is a bit better than last year’s simply because, by comparison, the thin composition of the new jersey makes it a little better in all aspects of comfort and feel. The biggest change is the collar and I can confidently say that it is actually well done. Collars are a make-or-break sort of feature and in this case, I would say that it does not hinder the wearer at all. This new, big collar is not as seamless as the one on Milan’s 11/12 third kit, but it will not be a bother to deal with as you sport this great new kit. I have worn the jersey while out shopping for a bit, I have also checked it out with greater intensity playing some recreational football outside, and I cannot complain. Adidas dealt with the collar well and it is not a cause of concern for those worried about movement, athletic or otherwise.


    AC Milan jersey

    AC Milan jersey sleeve

     

    The Extras

     The jersey that I received for review included the latest Serie A league patch on the right sleeve. I have a couple of Champions League AC Milan jerseys but I have not yet had a chance to see what the Serie A patch is like; thanks to MMSports, I have the chance to cover it here in this review!

     

    Lega Calcio badge

    AC Milan jersey badges

     

    I have a couple of La Liga jerseys as well as a Bundesliga one and their patches do not quite match up to this one. Here in the United States, the well-known merchandise vendors for football, Soccer.com and World Soccer Shop, both sell jerseys with flat, fabric league patches. I was surprised to find that the Serie A patch on the AC Milan jersey I received from MMSports was incredibly detailed and layered. It is well attached onto the jersey and does not feel like it would tear off easily, unlike the league patches on jerseys I have purchased from vendors over here, though that could simply be a matter of which league patch it is.

     

    Outside of the material, I can say that league patches are always a nice touch on all club jerseys and I would consider a “must-have” when purchasing any of AC Milan’s jerseys. The Serie A patch is already great looking and like La Liga’s patch, it is generally white with a nice touch of colors in its design. Briefly put, league patches are necessary for fans; watching all of the league matches just feels better with a league patch on your arm!


    ACM badge backside 

    AC Milan adidas logo backside

     

    The Customization

     Once again, due to the generosity of MMSports, the jersey I received for review included some great personalization; the name and number of Kevin Prince Boateng, now number 10 on AC Milan’s squad. 

     

    AC Milan name and number kit

    AC Milan numbers logo

     

    An almost guaranteed starter, Boateng is arguably among the best players in Milan’s squad and that has been the case for the last couple of seasons as well. With the loss of many players over the summer, Boateng has become a new dependency for Milan. His versatile skill and ability with the ball make him a prime player for the new Milan. This season will be a rejuvenation season for him as he will have to become the creative lead of Milan’s attack. He is the only one who can take over the position now left barren from Ibrahimovic’s departure. He needs to create dangerous attacks and deliver during offensive shifts.

     

    AC Milan customization historic

     

    The biggest change to Milan’s personalization this year is the font. The bubbly and rounded font of last year is gone, and the square, digital-like font of the 10/11 season has not returned. This year, Milan opted to go with a sharper, thinner look that I believe emanates a lot of class. Last year’s font was nice but this year, it is serious. I am a big fan of this look and it is difficult to determine which of Milan’s recent styles is best, but I think it relates a lot to the jersey. This year’s name and number detail is perfect for the more elegant, classy look that this year’s jersey sports. The small black Milan crests are still in the numbers and they look as good as they always have!

     

    AC Milan personalization

     

    The quality on the printing has improved substantially. The characters are thinner and appear to be more smoothly melded to the jersey’s fabric. The thinness in particular means that you feel less of the abrasion that users of last year’s Milan kits may remember. It was not much to complain about but once you put the new kit with the new Stilscreen printing, you will appreciate the quality, I can guarantee that.

     

    I really do think that the name and number personalization, particularly because you can choose from a great selection of world-class players, is a big plus to the jersey. Since the text and numbers are white with a thin black outline, it helps to further expand the use of white on the jersey, a design shift that I think is making Milan’s jerseys even better year after year. For the premium prices that jerseys already cost, I think the personalization, particularly if you are a big fan of the club or a player, is a smart purchase.

     

    Conclusion

     

    I find myself having a tough time saying this, but here it goes: I like this jersey much more than the last two. I loved the 10/11 jersey for it’s majority use of black and gold accents, but it had some questionable fabric differences with the stripes and was, in general, a bit think for many uses. I was impressed by last year’s 11/12 jersey, the thin stripes grew on me and the Scudetto shield was an automatic seller, but I felt that the ring neck was a bit of a step back and the material was still a little bit thick. This year? Everything is just right. The jersey gives off an aura of etiquette and flair; it defines Milan and its history. The little details, such as the white collar and the Italian flag stripe splitters, really bring out the best of the jersey. Lastly, the material, thinner than that of previous years, is consistent between the stripes and very comfortable for casual or athletic wear. All in all, Adidas has once again proven why it is among the world’s best sporting merchandise producers, and I am a happy fan with another fantastic Milan jersey worthy of a purchase by all Rossoneri fans. I highly recommend that you buy this great jersey for yourself or an AC Milan fan close to you, and get the league patch too, it is worth it! Thank you MMSports!


    AC Milan home jersey the end

    AC Milan home jersey that is it

     

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  • Review: Juventus home jersey authentic 12-13

     Anmeldelse: Juventus hjemme trøje 12-13

    By Jonne Keranan, Finland.

    Click this link to Read Q&A with Juve reviewer Jonne Keranen

     

    NIKE JUVENTUS 12-13 HOME SHIRT

     When sportswear suppliers design new home shirts for big clubs, it usually is a very restricted task. We know that a Real Madrid home shirt is going to be plain white every time, a Celtic home shirt will have green and white hoops, Juventus will have black and white stripes and so on. Big clubs have such a long history that you can’t really go and make big changes to home shirt designs anymore. It’s usually the away shirt designs that designers can really play with. That’s why those little design features that make the differences between different seasons’ home shirts are so important. That’s where this season’s Juventus home shirt really delivers. 

     

    Juventus home jersey 12-13

     

    Nike Juventus 12-13 home shirt front.


     

    STYLE

     This seasons Juventus home shirt has very simple and classic design. Gone are the “buzz” stripes from last season, this time the stripes are clean cut and have normal width. The back of the shirt features a square shaped black space for numbers and a horizontal space for name. This is a bit risky design with football shirts since the shirt can then look slightly empty and tacky when worn without a name and number. However, Nike has managed to sort of blend the number and name spaces with the rest of the shirt’s design. They are very much part of this design and that’s why the shirt looks good even without a name and number.

     

    Juve home jersey back

     

    Nike Juventus 12-13 home shirt back.

     

    A big part of football shirt design is always the sponsor logo. A bad looking sponsor logo can easily ruin an otherwise good design. Juventus has American automobile brand Jeep as shirt sponsor. Their square shaped logo really blends in well with other straight lines of the shirt and also as the logo is black and white, it doesn’t stand out too much so it maintains the clean look of the design.

     

    Before and right after the shirt’s release, all the talk was about stars. Italian football federation grants clubs the option to wear a golden star for every 10 Scudettos they’ve won. After last season’s triumph, Juventus has now won Serie A 30 times that would mean that they are the first club in Italy who can wear three golden stars on their shirt. However, the 2005 and 2006 championships were revoked as a result of the Calciopoli sporting trial. So according to Italian federation Juventus has won only 28 championships officially. Because of this argument and maybe as a little protest Juventus decided to ditch the stars all together from player shirts. Instead, the shirt has the “30 sul campo” (30 won on the pitch) motto under the club badge. There are however many options for fans to customize their shirts with the stars. The shirts come from Nike pre-printed with two stars. The third star can be added and some places even offer an option to have a black and white badge placed on top of the two stars on the authentic version shirt to get the same look as players. In my opinion having all the stars on the shirt adds a great looking detail on the shirt. Besides, every Juventus fan knows that Juve has won 30 titles on the pitch – end of story.

     

    Juve jersey chest 30 sul campo

    30 sul campo = 3 stars.

     

    Nike has started to add team or country specific slogans or logos on the inside of their shirts recently. Usually these designs are located inside the shirt just beneath the emblem or on the inner back neck. Although these designs can’t be seen when the shirts are worn, they still add a nice touch of detail to the whole shirt design. The idea behind these design details might be that their existence is more important to the wearer than people who look at the shirt. The inner neck design detail on the 11-12 Juventus home shirt is a club motto "Vincere non é importante, é l'unica cosa che conta" (“Winning is not important, it is everything), a sentence by club legend Giampiero Boniperti. This is truly a well chosen slogan for the shirt and a nice idea by Nike.

     

    Juve authentic jersey collar

    Club motto by Giampiero Boniperti.

     

    Juventus won the Serie A title last season so they wear the Scudetto badge on their shirt this season. There are currently two versions of the Scudetto badge available for the shirt. One by Nike and one by Stilscreen. The two versions are almost equal but there are a few little differences. The Stilscreen badge seems to be slightly thinner and it has shinier glitter golden edges. The Stilscreen version looks maybe a little bit better on the shirt. But still the main thing for a Juventus fan is that there is only one team wearing this badge in the Serie A this season. The shirt can also be equipped with the Serie A badge to get something extra although the shirt offers plenty even without it. Another little design feature is “Juventus” printed on the back neck.

     

    Juventus Scudetto badge

     

    Nike scudetto badge left, Stilscreen version right. 

     

    Juve jersey sleeve badge

     

    Serie A TIM badge.

    Juve home jersey authentic name kit

    Juventus print back neck.

    MATERIAL / CONSTRUCTION / FIT

     

    All Nike’s football shirts are made of recycled polyester. Some might consider this only a marketing trick but certainly it’s not a bad idea to think about the environment a little. Also the Juventus home shirt is made of Nike’s Dri-FIT recycled polyester material. The material is very breathable, light and comfortable at the same time. The shirt was also tested while playing football and it performed well. The breathable fabric wicks sweat away and the material is also a little stretchy so it doesn’t limit your upper body movement and it offers you a good overall fit. Because the material stretches a little you can go one size down with the replica version to get more of a body hugging fit if you want. With the authentic version you don’t need to go one size down as the shirt already offers a very athletic fit. The construction of the shirt seems to be strong Nike quality so the shirt will withstand even heavy usage and multiple washes well.

     

    PRINTING

     

    The Juventus home shirt under review came with Del Piero 10 printing. After last season Del Piero moved to Sydney FC but after 19 years of service for The Old Lady he’s such a big legend for the supporters that many will still choose his name and number for their shirt.  The name and number fonts on this year’s shirt are very simple so they suit the simple overall design of the shirt well. The material of the printing is very thin PU that can crack a little after heavy usage but still the wear tends to be only minimal and can only be seen under closer inspection. The name and number sets come from the original manufacturer so they are the best quality you can get. If you like your shirts printed then you should definitely go for it, as the printing looks great on this shirt.

     

    Juve numbers

    Juventus 12-13 numbers by Stilscreen.


    Juve authentic jersey name block

    Del Piero nameset.

     

    AUTHENTIC OR REPLICA?

     

    As Nike is offering multiple versions of their football shirts you have many options to choose from. If you’re looking for a more athletic fit you’ll definitely get it with the authentic version but you can also get it by going one size down with the replica. The authentic version offers you all the extra features that the player shirts have. They include mesh material back panel, silicone T-bar prints on the shoulders, heat transferred Nike Swoosh and Juventus emblem, laser-cut perforations at sides, taped inner seams and little added cotton on the material. These features have a minimal effect on the performance and comfortability of the shirt in reality but they alter the look of the shirt a little so if this is something you are looking for then you should definitely invest in it. In the end the replica version might be a bit more durable as it comes with embroidered Swoosh and Juventus emblem. But I don’t think it’s a question of which version is better. It’s a question of which features you are looking for. You won’t be disappointed with whatever version you choose.


    Juve authentic laser cut holes

    Laser-cut holes on the sides.

     

     



    Juve authentic jersey shoulder t-bone silicone

    Silicone T-bar print on the shoulder.


    Juve jersey net

    Taped inner seam, different material on the front and back of the shirt.

     

    SUMMARY

     

    The Nike Juventus 12-13 home shirt doesn’t disappoint. It has a very simple and traditional design but at the same time it offers multiple little design features that add some versatility to the overall look of the shirt. In addition there are many options to customize the shirt with badges, names and numbers to get something extra. Even with the dispute regarding the stars the shirt has such a nice design that it’s a great tribute to Juve’s 30 Serie A titles and a must have for any Bianconeri fan.

     

    Juve authentic jersey lights



     

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  • Anmeldelse: Manchester City hjemme trøje 12-13

    Anmeldelse: Manchester City hjemme trøje 12/13

    By Zach Jepson , New Jersey - USA

     Immediately after being selected to write a review by the MM Sports Staff, I was extremely excited to see what would be coming in the mail.  A few days after receiving the shipping confirmation, the package arrived.  I felt like a young boy on Christmas, I had absolutely no idea what was in the package and I feverishly began to open the parcel.  I pull away the tissue paper and…Manchester City! My first reaction was utter disappointment…could I really review a team that I loathe so much?  It wouldn’t take me long to realize that despite our opposing views on how a team should be built, Manchester City knew how to dress with class.

    Man City hjemme trøje 12-13

     

    It didn’t take long for the disappointment to subside because as I inspected the jersey closer, I realized that Umbro had produced one of the classiest kits I have seen for some time.  Since being purchased in 2008 by Nike, Umbro has specialized in producing kits unlike any of the other larger manufactures.

     The jersey is made like their newer England kits with the jersey almost feeling like a t-shirt.  The outside feels like cotton while the underside feels more like a traditional jersey. It is odd at first but the comfort is unsurpassed.  The vibrant sky blue color really stands out and received many compliments while being worn later that day.  There is mesh for ventilation around both arms and down either side of the shirt.  There is also an additional strip of ventilation on the shoulders located on the backside of the jersey.   The club badge and Umbro logo are both embroidered to perfection.

    The color scheme is flawless because the “Etihad Airways” sponsor and Umbro logo are both in a black color that sits on top of the sky blue beautifully.  The collar is v-neck and there is an inner collar in blue and white.  On the backside, there is a “Tailored by Umbro” and a line design embroidered on either bottom side.  Aesthetically, it is a beautiful shirt.

    In summary, I think Umbro did a superb job on the new Manchester City home jersey.  The color, sponsor logo, badges and overall aesthetics are all great.  It looks great to play in or for walking down the street and being casual. Despite not being a fan of Manchester City, I can admit that it may be the best looking kit in the premier league this season. It appears to me that Umbro did not hold back and wanted to produce a top-notch kit for City’s campaign as English champs.  I would recommend the kit for fans of City and for collectors looking to add a beautiful piece to their collection.

     

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  • Anmeldelse: Diverse trøjer | klubber

    Anmeldelse af Real Madrid CL udebanetrøje

    Skrevet af Thor Gottschalk Rasmussen


    Endnu engang har jeg fået fornøjelsen af at anmelde Real Madrids 3. trøje, der også fungerer som udebanetrøje i Champions League – og Adidas har gjort det svært for fansene at vælge, hvilken trøje de skal købe i år.

    For andet år i træk har Adidas lavet en bemærkelsesværdig 3. trøje. Sidste år var den postkasserød og igen i år er farven det mest iøjnefaldende element. Jeg ville beskrive den som mørk metalgrøn, der har den effekt, at styrken på den grønne farve, varierer alt efter lyset i ens omgivelser. Super detalje.

     

    Real Madrid CL ude trøje 12-13

     

    I forlængelse af trøjens grønne farve, er de typiske reaktioner jeg har fået også: ”Jamen Real Madrid plejer da ikke at spille i grønt?”. Til det har jeg kun kunnet svare ”nej”, akkurat som i sidste sæson med den røde trøje. Vi skal da også bladre en del sider tilbage i historiebøgerne, for at finde et Real Madrid hold, der spiller i grønt. Helt præcist til 1965, med Santiago Bernabeu i præsidentsædet, hvor man under en rundtur i Sydamerika spillede i grønt.

    Som det gennemgående tema for året kollektion, er 110-års jubilæet i fokus. De vertikale striber på forsiden af trøjen repræsenterer således ifølge Adidas: ”Real Madrids store tradition og historie”. Da trøjen er en CL-trøje, sidder det obligatoriske CL-badge på venstre ærme, så der har ikke været plads til det jubilæums-badge som man har på hjemmetrøjen. I stedet har man markeret jubilæet inde i kraven af trøjen, hvor der er trykt Real Madrid Club Futbol -110 años.

    Det førnævnte CL- Badge er ikke længere det blåt, som man kender det, men derimod sølvfarvet og med nyt design. Muligvis derfor, er kontrastfarven i trøjen også i sølv. Den går igen i trykket som skygge-effekt, samt de tre Adidas striberne og deres logo. Her er det i øvrigt værd at bemærke, at Adidas logoet ikke er broderet på, men er lavet i plastic, der gør at det skinner mere end, hvis det var påsyet broderi. Jeg er ikke stor tilhænger af plasticlogoer. Logoer skal efter min mening broderes på, dels fordi det giver et indtryk af højere kvalitet og dels i dette tilfælde, fordi plasticlogoet bryder en anelse, med det tilsigtede retro look, som Adidas stiler efter i denne kollektion.

    Der var engang, hvor Real Madrids 3. trøje udelukkende blev brugt, hvis de to første spilledragter begge lignede modstanderens for meget. Det skete kun en eller to gange i løbet af en sæson og trøjerne havde tit nogle meget specielle designs. I dag er det stadig et fåtal af klubber, der lancerer tre nye trøjer hver sæson, også blandt de allerstørste. Men i Real Madrid har det i mange år været kutyme med tre tøjer og nu hvor den har fået en specifik funktion som udebanetrøje til CL kampene, virker det mere relevant end tidligere. At Real Madrid så ikke altid følger dette, og bruger trøjerne lidt efter behag, er en anden ting. Jeg synes bare det er fedt, at Adidas laver tre flotte trøjer hver sæson, der alle er af så høj kvalitet at klubben næsten ikke ved, hvilken en de skal vælge. Det samme luksusproblem kan fansene altså stå med, når sæsonen går i gang. Jeg synes denne trøje beviser, at selvom det er den tredje trøje i kollektionen, er dette på ingen måde ensbetydende med, at den skal være det tredje valg, når man står i butikken.

     

     

    Fodboldtrøjer:

    Real Madrid CL trøjer

    FC Barcelona ude trøjer

    Paris SG trøjer

    Marseille trøjer

    Valencia trøjer

    Atletico Madrid trøjer

     

    Review: Real Madrid away jersey 12-13

    By Rafael Valverde, Queens, NYC, USA

    After a historic record-breaking season that ended with winning the La Liga title, Real Madrid returns to defend that title on this, their 110th anniversary. Adidas faced pressure in designing a quality away shirt to commemorate the occasion; I feel they have delivered.

     

    Real Madrid ude trøje 12-13

     

    Appearance

     

    The official color-way of the 2012-2013 Real Madrid away shirt is Nobile-Ink/Electricity. Nobile-Ink is a purple hue that is reminiscent of navy in certain lighting. It is the same color used in the accents of the 2012-2013 Real Madrid Home shirt. Electricity is a bright neon green color that brings life to the shirt in small doses through the piping on the shoulder and the stitched Adidas logo on the right chest. The two colors combine for a superb contrast that captures attention. I feel that Nobile-Ink serves as a traditional Real Madrid color while Electricity brings modern excitement. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when the initial pictures of the shirt were released. However, after seeing it on the field and live in person… It has become a favorite of mine.

     

    Performance

     

    The shirt material is 100% polyester pique. Adidas CLIMACOOL technology refers to the combination of open mesh, performance fabrics and strategically placed ventilation panels. Specialized ventilation panels are placed in areas such as under the arms and body sides to help whisk away sweat. The intention is to combat heat so that you remain dry, cool and comfortable even in the height of athletic competition. Raglan sleeves provide a flattering fit while still offering complete freedom to the arms. The neck opening is crewneck style with partially ribbed collar. I found the overall fit of the jersey to be “true-to-size.” If your intention is to be active in this shirt, you will be completely pleased with the performance.

     

     

    Details

     

    The Real Madrid badge is beautifully stitched on the left chest. The crest embroidery is quality. The Adidas logo is stitched on the right chest.

     

    Real Madrid klublogo

     

    Primary club sponsor, bwin is screened on the mid-chest of the shirt.

     

    Vertical stripes are featured on the body of the shirt but can only be seen up close.

     

    The LFP badge, (La Liga de Fútbol Profesional) is stitched on the right sleeve.

     

    LFP ærmemærke

     

    My personal favorite design detail of this shirt is the “110 anos” (110 years) logo on the left sleeve, which commemorates 110 years (1902-2012) of history for the club. It’s a significant and unique detail that will make this shirt feel special for years to come.

     

    Real Madrid logo 110 anos

     

    Printing

     

    The official printing color is white and this does well to balance the shirt. Although white is often considered plain, the printing features subtle details to remain interesting. The Real Madrid logo is once again featured at the bottom of each number. Soft grey horizontal lines are present on each number and letter of printing. These details can be difficult to see from distance but are well appreciated up close. The numbers appear clean and sophisticated. Lastly, I really like the neat name font.

     

    RM ude tryk Alonso 14

     

    Conclusion

     

    Adidas has done a fine job designing and producing the Real Madrid away shirt for the 12/13 season. The end product is a shirt that is well made and visually pleasing. The color contrast of the away jersey is beautiful, something that is much more appreciated in person. Classy details throughout the shirt and printing provide the finishing touch. Hala Madrid!

     

    Of course, the 2012-2013 Adidas Real Madrid Away jersey and official Real Madrid player printing are now available at mmsports.com

  • Anmeldelse: Liverpool FC hjemme trøje 12-13

     Anmeldelse: Liverpool FC hjemme trøje 12-13

    Review:

    You'll Never Walk Alone. Liverpool 2011 Adidas black jersey and 2012 football newcomer, Warrior, home jersey in red. Plus a little Brooklyn, Oakland and Being:Liverpool mixed in.

    Click on the link below in order to read the review. The review will open in a new window.

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  • Anmeldelse: Manchester United hjemme trøje 12-13

     Anmeldelse: Manchester United hjemme trøje 12/13

    af Jonas Brønd Nielsen

     

    Er det en dug? Skal vi på picnic?

    Vittighederne sad løst hos mange spøgefulde Manchester United-fans, da 2012/13-sæsonens hjemmebanetrøje blev præsenteret. Og med lidt god vilje kan de karakteristiske tern da også give associationer i retning af en picnicdug. Eller i princippet alt andet, som man forbinder med tern. Om man kan lide trøjen eller ej, er en smagssag, og ternene kan sikkert virke som en stor mundfuld for mange. Det giver et ret voldsomt look. Én ting kan dog ikke diskuteres. Trøjen skiller sig ud.

     

    Man Utd hjemme trøje

     

     

    I vanlig United-stil er trøjen er trøjen enkel. Den er ikke præget af en masse detaljer eller farver.  Trøjen er fremstillet i de omtalte tern, og derudover er en sort v-krave den eneste umiddelbart synlige detalje. Det giver trøjen et stilrent, klassisk look, uden at trøjen dog er kedelig af den grund.   Samtidig er det dog også nyt, at Nike har pillet ved selve stoffet på Uniteds hjemmebanetrøje. Det har indtil i år været holdt i én farve og altså prydet med enkle detaljer i sort eller hvid. Det klæder designerne at tænke uden for boksen uden at gå på kompromis med de typiske kendetegn for en United-trøje.

     

    Det er ikke tilfældigt, at Nike har fremstillet en ternet United-trøje, og det er ikke tilfældige tern, der præger trøjen. Der er tale om såkaldte Gingham-tern. Gingham-stoffet er et design, der er uløseligt forbundet med Manchester. For at forstå hvorfor, skal vi knap halvandet hundrede år tilbage i tiden. Manchester United blev grundlagt i 1878 under navnet Newton Heath LYR Football Club. Dengang var Manchester hjertet af den industrielle revolution, og byen var domineret af stål- og bomuldsfabrikker. I disse år blev Gingham-stoffet skabt og var en vigtig del af den vækst, der gjorde Manchester til et globalt centrum for bomuldstekstiler. Trøjen i de ikoniske Gingham-tern er altså en hyldest til byens rødder, og det er en gestus, der langt fra er usædvanlig for Manchester United. Der er stor bevidsthed om den historie og de værdier, der har skabt klubben.

     

    Der dvæles dog ikke ved fortiden, og der er naturligvis en grund til, at så mange enten elsker The Red Devils eller elsker at hade dem. Siden Premier Leagues grundlæggelse i 1992 har Manchester United vundet 12 af de 20 år. Forholdet mellem den lange, betydningsfulde historie og den nutidige succes opsummeres i seks ord, der står i nakken på indersiden af trøjen: Forged in industry, striving for glory – smedet i industrien, stræber efter hæder.

     

    Trøjen er lavet i Nikes Dri Fit, som leder sveden væk og holder kroppen tør.

    Pasformen er lidt mere tight end tidligere United-trøjer. Den er ikke så slim som eksempelvis Adidas' Chelsea- og Bayern-trøjer fra sidste sæson, men den sidder relativt tæt og godt på kroppen. Desuden har trøjen den fine detalje, at den er lidt længere bagpå end foran. Det gør den lige en tand mere lækker, hvis den skal bruges sammen med et par jeans.

     

     

    TRYK - Tekst til katalogbilleder

     

    Billedet af bagsiden af trøjen:

    Hvis du vil skille dig endnu mere ud end du i forvejen gør i den ternede United-trøjen, er det navn og nummer, der skal til. Det giver et mere personligt præg på trøjen, end hvis den bare er hevet ned fra krogen i Intersport.

     

    Man United hjemme trøje tryk

     

     

    Billede af PL-mærke:

    Alle klubberne i Premier League spiller med ”Barclays Premier League”-ærmemærker. Det givet et endnu mere unikt look til trøjen. Barclays Bank sponsorerer Premier League, og de er naturligvis repræsenteret under den karakteristiske løve.

     

    Man Utd Premier League ærmemærker

     

    Billede af tryk:

    Premier League-klubberne benytter sig af et helt særligt tryk. I modsætning til resten af Europas ligaer er det ikke lavet i plastik. Trykket hedder Lextra, er et stoftryk og føles som en slags fløj eller velur. Det er en virkelig lækker detalje, der giver trøjen noget ekstra.

     

    Officielt Premier League tryk

     

    Billede af djælven i nakken:

    Øverst på ryggen af trøjen danser Uniteds djævel fra logoet. Den er sort og ret diskret på den mørkerøde baggrund. At detaljerne er diskrete, er bestemt ikke et atypisk træk på United-trøjer.

     

    Man United Red Devil

     

    Billede af PL-løven:

    Nederst i numrene troner Premier Leagues løve. Den har været et fast Premier League-symbol siden starten i 1992. Den symboliserer det majestætiske i den liga, der konkurrerer med La Liga om at kunne kalde sig verdens bedste. Og så løven som symbol desuden synonym med det engelske landshold, hvis ”kælenavn” er Three Lions.

     

    Officielle PL tal

     

    Billede af trøjen forfra:

    Pasformen er lidt mere tight end tidligere United-trøjer. Den er ikke så slim som eksempelvis Adidas' Chelsea- og Bayern-trøjer fra sidste sæson, men den sidder relativt tæt og godt på kroppen. Desuden har trøjen den fine detalje, at den er lidt længere bagpå end foran. Det gør den lige en tand mere lækker, hvis den skal bruges sammen med et par jeans.

     

    Man United hjemme trøje PL mærker

     

    Billede af United-logo:

    Manchester United-logoet er broderet på trøjen. Logoet har mere eller mindre været uforandret siden 1960'erne, hvor det blev trykt på kampprogrammer og merchandise. Først i 1971 begyndte man at spille med det på trøjen – dog kun i den engelske liga. Logoet er udviklet med inspiration i fra Manchester City Counsils våbenskjold, men det er kun skibet, der er tilbage. I 1950'erne og 1960'erne spillede Manchester United cup-finaler med Manchesters våbenskjold. Djævlen stammer naturligvis fra kælenavnet The Red Devils.

     

    Man United logo

     

    Billede af Forged in industry...

    Siden Premier Leagues grundlæggelse i 1992 har Manchester United vundet 12 af de 20 trofæer. Men klubben er mere end bare nutidig succes. Manchester United har en historie, som er de færreste klubber i verden forundt. Det, der nu er verdens største sportsbrand, startede med en fodboldklub, grundlagt af jernbanearbejdere. Forholdet mellem den lange, betydningsfulde historie og den nutidige succes opsummeres i seks ord, der står i nakken på indersiden af trøjen: Forged in industry, striving for glory – smedet i industrien, stræber efter hæder.

     

    Man Utd krave Forged in Industry

     

     

    Billede af Authentic-mærke:

    Alle Manchester United-trøjer er udstyret med et lille sort ”Authentic”-mærke. Med den selvbevidste kommentar ”Designed to the exact specifications of championship athletes” lægger Nike op til, at der skal hentes endnu mere sølvtøj til den røde del af Manchester. Nummeret på mærkaten er unikt og symboliserer, at du står med din helt egen United-trøje i hænderne, som ikke er magen til nogen andres.

     

    Man Utd hjemme trøje

     

     

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