Strip Club–YMMV edition

from . . . YMMV: Your mileage may vary. This abbreviation is typically used to indicate that the amount of “mileage” you receive can vary from dancer to dancer.


European Football  is a money grab on many levels, with the Champions League being the golden goose and the Europa League settling into being an allowance for doing your chores.  One aspect of the quest for cash is the third kit.  Long gone are the days when a club would use the same kit for years.  Now there is a new home and away kit released each season (sometimes released a week before the previous campaign ends), plus the advent of the third kit, which is worn in varying amounts.

I took a little time to search the interweb for third kits for 2011-12 teams involved in Europe.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, and the results ranged from mind blowingly amazing to disgustingly horrific.  Here we go . . .


Let’s ease into this post with a “Really?  That’s what you came up with?”  Chelski go in the way back machine to take us to maybe the late 70’s/early 80’s to give us this masterpiece.  Shocking really.

Real Madrid

Usually Los Merengues go with a purple, navy blue or black for their away or change strip.  Red is a daring choice but it works.  Different pics should rib panels that can make it look like a training top.  In the end I would prefer a red top, with white shorts and socks, but this isn’t too bad.


The Orange is right down the middle.  It provides something a little different, which is sort of what Los Che do.

Manchester United

Can’t go wrong with black.  I really wish this was the away jersey rather than the blue/black piece of crap.  One of my future posts is to review all of the black kits from the mid-90’s until now, but for now this will have to do.  This one’s on the 2011 Wish List.

AC Milan

Staying with black kits, this one from AC Milan is fantastic.  The simple black kit is accented by the a narrow stripe across the chest using the colors of the Italian flag.  The gold crest adds a wonderful touch of class to the whole thing.  One of my favorite jerseys of 2011/12.

Bayern Munich

Like AC Milan, this kit takes the black top to a stunning level.  adidas does get it right on occasion.


Then there’s Lyon.  Not only do they go pink, or whatever shade of pink that is, but the top half of jersey gives me a headache.  I have no idea what they are going for but it doesn’t work for me.


Yellow Power?  I don’t think so.  Not impressed with this one.  Don’t see Cavani really intimidating his opponents wearing this.


I love navy blue.  The yellow and white accents on this top aren’t too distracting, and this is one of Puma’s better efforts.

Borussia Dortmund (third and Champions League)

The reigning Bundesliga champs are going all out this season.  They have two third kits.  The white change kit is solid, while the official Champions League jersey is meh.  Don’t know if really I like the swirling lines.  Seems out of a 80’s template catalog.

So that’s it for now.  If I find some more in my travels, I will definitely put them up.

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