These New Kits Either Blew Us Out Of The Water Or Had Us Drowning In Disappointment

New kit season is among us with a bunch of soccer clubs updating and altering their 2021/22 home and away kits. It's one of the most exciting times as fans eagerly wait to see if their club will be dressed to the 9’s or who will be left looking silly on the pitch. 

Starting with the best new kits, continuing with the worst, and ending with one's I just couldn't place. Here we take a look through the new home kits that have been recently released. 

Purple Rain, Purple Rain! Barça’s New Kit Promotes Women’s Empowerment

On the back of an incredible 2020-21 season that saw Barcelona Femení capture a historic Primera División, Copa de la Reina and Women’s Champions League treble, it’s only fitting that Barça’s new 2021-22 away jersey is designed to promote women’s empowerment.

The kit is actually in homage to Selecció Ciutat de Barcelona — the historic women’s team that played at the Camp Nou in 1970 and is seen as the origin of Barça’s women’s setup. 

Barcelona away kit

Club América’s New Pre-Match Jersey Is The Best We’ve Ever Seen

If there’s been a more symbiotic relationship between a club side and its jersey manufacturer than Club América and Nike over the last few years, I’m struggling to think of it. 

Ahead of the 2021-22 Liga MX season — which begins with the Apertura on July 22 — América and Nike are dropping one of the greatest single-season collections of jerseys ever assembled.

On Monday, Nike released the pre-match jerseys that América will wear throughout the campaign. As someone who’s never purchased a pre-match jersey before, that might have to change. 

New Premier League And Champions League Balls Make Us Desperate For Spring

Looking for a new ball after this hellish cold snap eventually gives way to springtime? Look no further because both Nike (2020-21 Premier League) and adidas (2021 Champions League Final) have released new balls celebrating the business end of their respective competitions.

To celebrate the final third of the 2020-21 Premier League, Nike has released its third ball of the campaign. As darkness gives way to light and frost yields to regrowth, so to is the Premier League’s yellow Hi-Viz ball giving way to the latest Nike Flight creation.

Brazilian Phenom Becomes Nike’s Youngest Signing Ever

We’ve reached a new level in the relationship between Nike and the young phenoms churned out at Santos FC. It began with PSG’s Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

When It’s Time To Go Outside Again, Consider Wearing The New América Third Jersey

Liga MX returned this past weekend with Club América securing all three points thanks to Sebastián Córdova’s dramatic winner against Atlético San Luis. After an unkind finish to 2020 — including defeats to Chivas in the Apertura quarterfinals and LAFC in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals — América is looking to rejuvenate itself through new manager Santiago Solari.

Mbappé And LeBron James Team Up For Special Edition Of LeBron 18 Sneakers

Kylian Mbappé and LeBron James caused a stir on the internet Tuesday when the two sports superstars suddenly swapped profile pictures on Instagram. 

For a moment, fans speculated if the changing of pictures was foreshadowing an Mbappé transfer to Liverpool as James is part of the Reds’ ownership group. ESPN FC stirred the pot a little more by repeating the rumor on Twitter.

Do You Want Nike Phantoms With Scorpions On Them? Of Course You Do

It’s been 18 years since Nike’s legendary “Secret Tournament” advert that coincided with the brand’s approach to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Directed by Monty Python member Terry Gilliam with a budget of around $100 million, the commercial featured “referee” Eric Cantona and 24 superstars of the game (Thierry Henry, Francesco Totti, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo, Patrick Vieira, Edgar Davids, etc.) and Junkie XL’s new remix of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation”.