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The Art of The Kit Launch

Umbro has been packing football’s creative space with a heap of beautiful new kits. This however might just take the biscuit. Smart and simple but striking all the same. Massive fan of the freshly launched Deportivo Cali kit.

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Another treat from the brand that seems to have utter domination in South America at the moment.

In stumbling across this one, it led me to take a look at Deportivo Cali’s quite incredible stadium. Pretty different to what you see normally, no doubt this produces one hell of an atmosphere.

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Amazing.

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We’ve seen umbro align themselves with champions from all over the globe in recent weeks’ – naturally, for a brand that prides themselves on being truly dedicated to football – it makes sense for them to produce kits for winning teams.

Santa Fe FC are the latest team to be kitted out in a specially designed number that tickles the taste buds.

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Launched at a special event recently, it’s another stand out, smart looking kit. Fit for champions, there is some almighty work coming out of umbro HQ.

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Find out more about Santa Fe FC here.

So folks, tomorrow brings forth the 2015 African Cup of Nations and heck yes – WE // ARE // EXCITED !

A tournament of unknown surprises, it’s sure to throw forward some unexpected pieces of football brilliance into the mix.

I’m absolutely loving the illustrations and design that South African broadcaster are using to support their coverage. Simply, beautiful!

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If you thought that was good – check out the video to promote their coverage. SO good!

 

Other treats from AFCON that we’ve featured recently include the new Bafana Bafana kits from Nike – see ’em here. You can also see the official ball for the tournament, supplied by adidas – here.

I don’t know why but most recently I’ve found myself increasingly fond of a kit that is loud. Big sponsors, plenty of colour and the re-emergence of various geometric shapes.

Umbro have just launched the home and away kits of Gamba Osaka – the 2014 Japanese treble winners. Unique kits, these are pretty big numbers.

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Homage to the 90s, we’re seeing the bold, engineered ever-present whilst the vintage, classy style of recent time remains. A good time to admire football kits, with an array of garments on show.

Here’s the home kit.

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Here’s the away. Notice the crest embedded into the bottom right

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Can’t beat a big sponsors logo.

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Where kits of the 80s / 90s would fade in and out of colours, the smart pin stripe effect here adds a contemporary touch.

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Another great addition to the historic collection of Umbro kits.

See more, here.

Grêmio FBPA and Umbro have combined forces with the brand becoming kit supplier for the Brazilian side.

The kit itself is an utter beaut. Rich in colour, it’s a sharp cut providing a classy finish.

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It’s all about heart and soul. I’m ever the fan of the umbro ethos – they are football through and through.

Launching the new kits to much fan fare, the club held quite the soiree to kick things off.

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New facourite Brazilian team, well and truly followed! You can find out more about these giants of South America here.

Damn nice work.

2014 was one hell of a year for football – boots, kit, creatively we have been spoilt rotten with an emergence in a whole new level of talent off the pitch.

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Soccerbible released their first issue of their own magazine a little while back and with 2015 here, fresh as a daisy, as is issue 2 of this utterly beautiful, must have coffee table for designers and football players alike.

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Looking like another tremendous addition to the cultured side of the game, the magazine has started shipping worldwide.

Featuring exclusives with two World Cup winners, a look back at all things Predator, a complete list of their top 20 boots from 2014 – the photography is a masterstroke and the execution of the magazine looks like another must have.

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A perfect way to start 2015 would be an understatement. Get yours here.