10 of the Best Football Kits for 2020/21 That You Might Have Missed

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Marseille's new away kit is among the best of those you might've missed | CHRISTOF STACHE/Getty Images


It's new kit season!

You've seen Liverpool's long-awaited Nike effort, Barcelona's harking back to 2011 and Chelsea's occasionally unfortunate use of the number three.

Amid all the disappointing templates and overhyped releases, there have been a few original gems you might just have missed from around the world.

Wrap your retinas around these joyous pieces of football fash...

1. Pescara Calcio - Special Edition

Designed by six-year-old fan Luigi D'Agostino, who won Pescara's charity competition to come up with a new kit design and 'give a kick to Covid-19', this frankly awesome shirt (made by Errea) will be used in training and pre-season matches for the Serie B side.

Lads, just use it for all matches ever. It has a dolphin heading a ball under a rainbow. What more do you want?

All other clubs should also be forced to hand over design responsibilities to the nearest available child. You can buy one here.

2. Loch Ness FC - Home/Away/Third

Did you know that Loch Ness has a football club?

Well, you do now.

The amateur side play in Scotland's North Caledonian League and have gone viral with their monster designs for 2020/21 - which got them featured on the BBC and orders from all over the world.

Read more about their story here.

3. Forest Green Rovers - Away

From dolphins and monsters to zebras...

League Two Forest Green Rovers have been been doing football differently for a little while.

The Cotswolds club - owned by green energy tycoon Dale Vince - is 100% vegan and committed to 'greening up' football.

The new zebra-look away kit (made by PlayerLayer) is not only striking in its design but also 50% bamboo - reducing the reliance on plastic. Lovely.

4. Stade Rennais - Home

The French love the drippy garm.

And Stade Rennais and Puma might well have produced the drippiest garments this summer with an Isidore Odorico (he's a French mosaicist, apparently) inspired home kit that pays homage to the architecture and designs of the city.

Look out for the shirt in the Europe next season (and get one from Puma), if Rennes get through the Champions League qualifiers.

If they don't, they're still winners in this kit.

5. Red Star FC - Home/Away

Sticking with French kits, third-tier Red Star FC (Paris' oldest club) have released some absolute showstoppers ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The bespoke designs with adidas feature illustrations on the green home shirt that are inspired by a neighbouring flea market, while the red and white away kit features graphics of the history of the club.

If that's all not enough it's sponsored by edge-merchants Vice.

Hipster paradise.

6. Olympique Marseille - Away

Rounding off a trio of French fashion is Marseille.

Ok, the Uber Eats logo isn't ideal but the entire shirt front is an illustration depicting the city of Marseille at night. Amid all the designs supposedly inspired by the local surroundings, this from Puma is one of the best.

The home kit, though much more simplistic, is also a winner.

Buy Marseille's away kit from the Puma store here.

7. Galatasaray - Home

They may have only finished sixth in the Super Lig this year (their worst finish since 2016) but Galatasaray can take some solace in the fact they have a cool kit to wear next season.

The 'vivid orange' and 'red pepper' look from Nike is made from sustainable materials and will be worn by notable mad man Arda Turan next season who has re-joined his old club.

Caveat: the version with sponsor is not nearly as nice.

8. Chivas - Home/Away

Over in Mexico, Chivas and Puma's new kits for 2020/21 are absolutely stunning, particularly the away - though that might be down to centre back Antonio Briseño's modelling ability.

It's a kit that can get away with literally having 'caliente' plastered across it.

9. Flamengo - Away

It's already three months old now but Flamemgo's 2020/21 adidas away kit is still 'new' and pretty beautiful.

The single band, which blends from black to red, is a throwback to kits of yore but with a modern twist, while the chunky, retro-feel collar and cuffs are a delight.

Also, who doesn't love a centralised badge?

10. Portland Thorns - Home/Away

Like Flamengo, Portland's Nike kits were actually released way back in May but haven't seen much action because of well, you know...

The black home kit with red trim features a large rose-print pattern, while the white and grey away has a more subtle thorn design.

In the words of a certain disgraced former commentator, you don't need me to explain this. Let the pictures tell you everything.