It’s been another busy few days for kit unveilings in Europe’s top domestic football leagues. Some clubs have stuck to their traditions, while others have seemingly thrown tradition out the window.
The kit unveils we recap today come from Europe’s top leagues including Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and the English Premier League.
SS LAZIO – Home and Away
Italian Serie A side SS Lazio are leaning heavily on a retro identity for their 2022-23 home and away kits, their first with new supplier Mizuno. The home kit is the club’s signature light blue hue, with a raised eagles design on the front which is taken from a club crest used in the 1970s. The crew neck and sleeve cuffs are white with light blue stripes in the center.
The 1970s crest features again prominently on Lazio’s 2022-23 away kit, appearing on the left chest of the predominantly black kit. The horizontal stripes on the chest bend around the Mizuno logo and under the crest, and they change from light blue to yellow to white, then to light blue then to black. The back halves of the sleeve cuffs are light blue, while the front halves are black.
BOLOGNA FC – Home and Away
Remaining in Serie A, Bologna FC put their stamp on their home and away kits for 2022-23, made by Macron. The traditional red and blue vertical stripes of the home club are complemented by a raised pattern of “BFC” monograms from the club crest connected by diagonal lines. The v-neck and sleeve cuffs both contain red and blue stripes. The borders between the stripes on the front of the shirt are blurred with the addition of thinner tonal stripes.
The Bologna away kit retains the embossed pattern, v-neck and sleeve cuffs from the home kit, but places them on a plain white base.
VfL BOCHUM – home and away
German Bundesliga side VfL Bochum take inspiration from their stadium for their 2022-23 home and away kits, also made by Mizuno. The home kit is dark blue, with a tonal pattern of the Vonovia Ruhrstadion’s crescent-shaped concrete floodlight masts and supports. There is white piping along the crew neck and cuffs.
Bochum’s away kit is light blue, with raised horizontal lines forming hoops on the front of the shirt. The V-neck and sleeve cuffs are dark blue, with white stripes down the center.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN – Home
In Germany, Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen have unveiled their 2022-23 home kit, their first with new supplier Castore. The shirt is predominantly red, with tone-on-tone sound wave patterns forming hoops across the front. The sleeves are solid red, and the v-neck and sleeve cuffs are black with white stripes down the middle.
REAL SOCIEDAD – Home and Away
Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad are getting artistic with their 2022-23 home kit, made by Macron. The club’s traditional blue and white vertical stripes have rough brushstroke edges, and the blue stripes contain a tonal brushstroke pattern. Below the club crest is a larger, embossed version of the crest. The stand-up collar is white with blue trim, while the sleeve cuffs are blue with two thin white stripes.
Real Sociedad’s away kit is predominantly black, with clusters of seven gray lines that taper on alternating sides as they move across the shirt. The Macron logo and club crest both appear in solid blue applications, making them difficult to see against the black. The stand-up collar is blake with white and blue trim, while the sleeve cuffs are black with thin white and blue stripes.
REAL BETIS – Home
Meanwhile, at the other end of Spain, La Liga side Real Betis are also changing their shirts. Their 2022-23 home kit is their first with new supplier Hummel. It retains its traditional green and white vertical stripes, but the green stripes contain a tonal pattern of triangles, evoking the shape of the club crest. The sleeves are solid green, as are the blocks on the shoulder where the Hummel chevrons appear. The crew neck is black with white trim.
REAL VALLDOLID – Home
After a season in the Segunda División, Real Valladolid are back in La Liga with a new crest and new home kits made by Adidas. For 2022-23, Valladolid will sport their traditional purple and white vertical stripes at home, with gold accents including the v-neck – which also has white piping – and Adidas stripes on the shoulders. The Adidas logo on the chest is also gold and the new club crest appears on the left chest.
The new crest removes the swords and laurels of the older version and simplifies the shield and crown for better reproduction in digital and small scale applications.
GIRONA FC – Home, Away and Third
Girona FC will return to the field in style for their first season in La Liga since 2018-19. Their home kit, made by Puma, takes their usual red and white vertical stripes and literally twists them – the shirt is split into quarters, with horizontal stripes in the upper right and lower left sections. The crew neck and sleeve cuffs are black.
The away kit is predominantly yellow, with red vertical stripes that stop just below the club crest. The sleeve cuffs and the yokes at the front and back of the V-neck are red. The third kit features a tonal blue camouflage pattern throughout, anchored by a crew neck and white cuffs.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH – Home
Back in the Premier League for 2022-23, AFC Bournemouth have released a “striking” new home kit, made by Umbro. The club took their usual red and black vertical stripes and turned them into black lightning bolts on a red base. Each solid black bolt has another bolt behind it made up of thin black lines. The sleeves and v-neck are solid red, while the sleeve cuffs are solid black.