Posts Tagged ‘ Nike ’

FC Barcelona Home 2007/08


In retrospect, the 2007/08 season was the transition from one era to another. Moving on from the European Double in 2006, the Blaugrana phased out old soldiers (van Bronckhorst, Giuly, Belletti and Thiago Motta) and brought in key players for the upcoming cycle of success (Henry, Yaya Toure, Abidal, Milito, and Pinto).


After losing out to Real Madrid for the La Liga title the previous season on head to head results, Barca started the campaign strongly but too many draws and only four away wins saw the Blaugrana finish third behind Real Madrid and Villarreal. Glory was not to be found in the Copa del Ray either, as Valencia knocked FC Barcelona out in the Semis with a 4-2 aggregate win.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29: Thierry Henry (R) of Barcelona controls the ball next to Pele of Inter Milan during the Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Nou Camp Stadium on August 29, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thierry Henry;Pele

In Europe, Barca had a comfortable Group Stage and then faced Celtic in the Round of 16. A 3-2 win at Celtic Park saw them progress to the Quarters, where the Blaugrana secured a pair of 1-0 victories over Schalke. The result was a Semi-Final match up against Manchester United, resulting in a tense pair of matches, with Scholes’ worldy at Old Trafford being the difference for the eventual champs.

Trophyless, everything would change that summer as Pep Guardiola was named manager ahead of the 2008/09 season.


(image courtesy of Colours of Football)

The home jersey for the 2007/08 campaign was straightforward, with thick blue and red vertical bands, very reminiscent of the shirt used in the 1980’s except without the collar. Together with blue shorts and hooped socks, this made for a stylish, traditional FCB kit. This was the second season of the club’s association with UNICEF, with the charity across the front of the shirt and a contribution made from the club.


(image courtesy of FC Barcelona)

The highlight of the shirt was a circle of text noting the 50th anniversary of the Camp Nou. Opened in 1957 after three years of construction, it is the largest venue in Europe and has hosted games for the 1982 World Cup and 1992 Olympics and several European Cup Finals, including that magical night in 1999. (For more info on the venue, check out Chris Clements’ post at Estadios de Espana.)

I really like this shirt but rarely wear it. Partly because I don’t want to ruin it and partly because I don’t follow Barca as faithfully anymore. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Design Football


Design Football

Jay from Design Football came on the SoccerNomad podcast to talk about the site and the Football Attic’s Greatest Football Shirt Ever project. He also shared some thoughts on what 2016 holds for kit design.

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Tampa Bay Home 2000


After a sub .500 1999 season (that still included a trip to the playoffs), Tampa Bay came into the 2000 season in the reorganized Central Division, joined by the Fire, the Burn and the Crew. Powered by new Senegalese striker Mamadou Diallo’s league leading 26 goals and Carlos Valderrama’s 26 assists, the Mutiny secured second place in the Division and a first round match up with the LA Galaxy. The team did not progress and folded after the following season.


Diallo never hit those heady heights again while Valderrama left the team the next season and finished his American stint with the Colorado Rapids. Defender Joe Addo played several seasons with the Mutiny and also captained Ghana. The club picked up veteran goalkeeper Scott Garlick and Raul Diaz Arce even stopped by for a cup of coffee. Long time US international Steve Trittschuh ended his career at the club, while Steve Ralston began his career at the club in 1996, spent six years in Tampa Bay and left as the all-time leader in games played (177) and points (130).

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Even though MLS had some real misfires in terms of names and colors for the original ten teams, I liked both for Tampa Bay. I also thought the club badge was sinister and sharp, although I have no idea what it had to with a mutiny.


The colors were billed as midnight navy, tropical blue and white and came together perfectly for the 2000 home shirt. Echoing the design brought to prominence by Dutch giants Ajax, the jersey featured a solid base marked by a contrasting color down the middle. As a big fan of navy blue kits, this one jumped out me and the light blue contrasted well with the darker blue, with the white trim adding a classy touch.


The Nike swoosh, club badge and team name were centered, which I like. Could have done without the team name across the middle and would have preferred to see the number centered (a la US jersey of the mid 90’s). Paired with navy blue shorts and socks, this strip is a highlight of the early MLS years and if I came across one on the interwebs, might have to snatch it to wear at pick up games.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Manchester United Away 2003-05


LONDON - MAY 1: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Charlton Athletic and Manchester United at The Valley on May 1, 2005 in London. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

(picture courtesy of Metro)

Ahead of the 2003/04 season I was lucky enough to attend some of Manchester United’s preseason tour in the United States. Seeing some of my favorite players (Solskjaer, Giggs, Keane, and van Nistelrooy) and future greats (Fletcher and Rio) was fantastic. However, no Becks, which equaled #sadface.

The 03/04 and 04/05 seasons were part of the transition from Fergie’s second United team marked by the Treble to the third version which culminated with three straight Premier League titles from 2007 to 2009 and a European Cup in 2008.

Entering the 03/04 season, the defending Premier League champions said goodbye to Beckham, Veron and Barthez and the following season moved on Butt, Chadwick and Forlan. In their place came a new crop of players: Bellion, Djemba-Djemba, Howard, Kléberson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dong Fangzhuo, Alan Smith, Saha, Heinze, Pique, Rossi and Rooney. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney would become club icons and Gabriel Heinze would be a good servant, most of this group would be plagued by injuries, poor form and a lack of quality.

Thinking back on the season 03/04 all I could remember was that Arsenal were invincible and Tim Howard made a critical error in the Champions League. Upon further review, United led the league for the first half of the campaign before a wobble handed the momentum to the Gunners, who ran out league winners in similar fashion to the finish of the 1998 season.


(picture courtesy of Soccer Bible)

The following season saw a slow start from the Reds but the squad picked up points and momentum during the middle third of the season, getting all the way to second in the table. Back to back losses in April ended their challenge and United finished third.

The Reds won the 2004 FA Cup Final, stopping Arsenal from winning the Double with a win in the Semi-Finals. The victory over Millwall was their 11th title, the most in the country at the time. Turns out it was their last as they lost the 2005 Final to Arsenal on penalties and have only had a couple of Semi-Final appearances since then.

In Europe, Fergie’s men lost out to eventual champions Porto in 2004 after a disallowed goal and a mistake from American goalkeeper Tim Howard. The following season AC Milan knocked out the Reds in the Round of 16.


(image courtesy of Historical Kits)

United returned to the black strip last used in 98/99. The strip was marked by a couple of design elements: a geometric pattern and a distinctive collar. As the Pride of Manchester Website notes, A ‘watermarked’ flower pattern adds a nice touch to the jersey, but to me it only looked like a bunch of interlocking throwing stars. The pattern was not really visible during the match so no biggie. The collar saw a rounded elastic band around the neck which was squared off at the throat area. In theory I liked this design but it never quite fit right on my neck, with one side flopping around.

Away 03-05

I received this shirt as a gift from the Haslett High School Girls Varsity team. Knowing of my love of United, the ladies presented it to me at a post season banquet as a mark of appreciation. While I think this is the best designed of the United black kits, the shirt I received had several issues. For one it was too big. I’m a large at best and the shirt was an XL which meant it hung on me like a muumuu. And two, Beckham was on the back but unfortunately he wasn’t on the team anymore, he didn’t wear this particular shirt, the name and numbers were stitched on instead of being heat pressed, and the number used was 23, his new number at Real Madrid. As a result I don’t wear it that much and am keeping my eye out for a better fitting version.

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Top Ten Posts of 2015

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2015 was another great year for the SoccerNomad blog.  Visitors from all over the world read about kits, memories and more.  Here are the ten most read posts from 2015. Thanks to everyone for visiting, sharing and commenting on the blog and it’s on to 2016.

10   Nigeria Home 2002-2004

9     Summer 2015–Chattanooga FC v Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves

8     MatchDay Memory–History of ATL Soccer

7     EPL Kit Preview 15/16

6     Solutions

5     Strip Club–Half and Half Edition (FC Barcelona Home 97/98)

4     Not Inverting the Pyramid

3     A Call to Action

2     Summer 2015–NPSL Final

1     Atlanta United Supporter Experience


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Sunderland AFC Away 2000/01

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Sunderland entered my soccer consciousness during the 1999/2000 campaign as Kevin Phillips fired in 30 goals in his partnership with Niall Quinn, and I remember watching Don Hutchison and Stefan Schwarz in the red and white stripes.


Promoted from the Championship as Champions at the end of the 1998/99 season, the Black Cats finished in seventh place in the Premier League and matched that finish the next season. A slow start (four from the first 15 available) had Sunderland in trouble in the 2000/01 season, but a strong run had the squad on 39 points after the holiday program. However, the team couldn’t keep the momentum and only won four of their last 16 matches to finish on 57 points. The club provided fans with two decent cup runs as well that season, reaching the 5th Rounds of both the League Cup and the FA Cup.

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Unfortunately the 2000/01 campaign was the height of success for Sunderland AFC. From these heights the Black Cats fell, barely avoiding relegation the following season before finally slipping out in 2002/03.

sunderland away 00 01

The club switched from Asics to Nike ahead of the season and their first away kit was a real classic. All white strips appeal to me and Nike did a great job with this one, using red to accent the collar, sleeves, shorts and socks. The sponsor logo isn’t too gaudy and I love the team’s crest. In researching this kit, I realized that is the same template as one of all time favorite shirts—the Arsenal third shirt from 2000-2002.


Further notes from the official club website

Away shirt as worn by the side as they followed up an impressive seventh place finish with a relegation battle in ’02 which they eventually won

It not only looked good, it felt good too, with lightweight fabric and breathable mesh panels made of Nike’s hi-tech Dri-Fit material designed for optimum comfort and performance.

Probably will never buy it but one of the better looking kits of the Premier League era.

Kit Preview 15/16

Another year, another set of kits. For this year’s edition, I executed a two prong attack—a podcast looking at EPL kits and a few others from around the world, and my usual post grabbing strips for the upcoming season and commenting on them. This is by no means comprehensive and I am looking forward to suggestions and comments from readers. Here we go.

Let’s start in South America. This is a region of the soccer world that I know very little about in terms of history and kit design. Think I might recognize Vasco shirt and of course the iconic Santos home shirt.

This shirt from Nike for Coritiba jumped out at me. With the crest centered in the chest, it reminded me of the US shirts of mid-90’s, plus it has a nice, rich green.


(Courtesy Football Fashion)

Another manufacturer that went with the centered crest and horizontal bands was Under Armour for Sao Paolo. Not sure about the collar but the rest looks good.


(Courtesy Football Fashion)

The Scottish Premier League is another league I don’t follow that much, but I came across these kits when reviewing shirts for the upcoming season. The home shirt of Hearts really caught my attention, with a rich maroon and classy v neck collar, proving that once in a while, Puma gets it right. Love the fact that the away strip is just a reverse of the home kit.


(Courtesy Football Fashion)

Then there’s this. WTF? What’s worse? The shirts and shorts or the player’s haircut? I await your comments.


(Courtesy Football Fashion)

My favorite SEC team is the Florida Gators and now I can support them with this smart shirt with a vivid orange trimming a rich, deep blue. . . said nobody ever. This is one of the first shirts I saw for the upcoming season and I couldn’t believe it. I need a Dutch footy fan to explain this one to me. The shirt isn’t too bad but I don’t associate this color scheme with Feyenoord and the crest really clashes with the design.


(Courtesy Football Fashion)

The FCB Centenary shirt is one of my favorite shirts of all time and this shirt for FC Basel has similar elements but for some reason doesn’t work for me. Maybe it’s the black. Maybe it’s the black rib panels. Maybe it’s the hem around the waist. Something is not quite clicking.


(Courtesy Footy Headlines)

German kits for the most part look pretty good for the upcoming season. The set from Hertha Berlin was quite sharp, with a simple vertical blue/white strip with red trim for the home shirt, a navy blue shirt with the blue accents for the away, and a bold red shirt for the third strip.

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(Courtesy Footy Headlines)

I also came across the set for Augsburg, where Nike took the narrow pin striping down one side of the jersey and added it to modern shirts.


(Courtesy Footy Headlines)

Over in France, Nike produced a stunning set for PSG. I absolutely love the two tone home jersey, using a dark navy blue for the shoulders and shorts and socks, which goes well with the slightly lighter navy blue body of the shirt. The iconic red vertical strip is narrower than I can remember and creates a wonderful shirt. The all white away strip is quite nice as well as the all black third.

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(Courtesy Footy Headlines)

Finally, I love this shirt for Galatasaray. The black shirt, which is a great starting point, has a simple ring collar, no ridiculous bands on the sleeves and is accented with the club colors along the rib and under the arms. The pinstripes are the final touch and make for a fantastic shirt. I give Nike shit all the time but they got this one totally right.

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(Courtesy Footy Headlines)

So those are the ones that caught my eye. If you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the following sites. . .

Football Fashion

Football Kit News

Football Shirt Culture

Footy Headlines

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