The New Liverpool Away Kits: Yoke Job?

We’ve been hunkering down for a major writeup of the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament (just three days to go!), so we’ve been remiss about updating, but there’s something so needing commentary that we’re popping up from our research to weigh in.

We present to you: The new Liverpool away kit.

Created by Warrior, the American company that is surprisingly the new Liverpool kit-maker, they’ve looked to the inspirational 1900-1906 unis to create a black number — yep, like rivals Everton, they’re going with a black away uni that year — and it comes with a gray yoke collar thing.

Clearly, our characterization of it as a “gray yoke collar thing” means we’re not necessarily fans. Neither are the folks at EPL Talk, who say that the historical look is perhaps best left to history. Between this and the new ManU kits, which are another nod to history (namely, the cotton mills of Manchester that have now manifested in controversial gingham), there’s an interesting run on reviving tradition that might make even the most ardent fans wonder, “Do I really want to drop all that money on that?”

(Then again, rumors abound with the new Arsenal away kit, which might very well be inspired by the history of ’80s horror movie icons.)

The New Manchester United Kits: Nike Goes Gingham

Oh, Nike — you’re either clever or too clever for your own good. As Football Fashion reveals, the 2012-2013 Manchester United kits have arrived, and they’re a bit of a departure from the prior kit. As the Mirror reports, some fans are horrified, saying they look like tea towels. (Americans might think of tablecloths, or barbecue, or something vaguely country chic, maybe something like you’d find at Cowgirls and Lace (which is a real store in my part of Texas, with a fantastically improbable name).

Any thoughts, ManU fans? We have a comments area, you know.

Stay Classy, Americans

This in from Deadspin (and the Twitterverse): Some Americans didn’t like soccer all up in their ESPN yesterday — even though it was two cross-town rivals, Manchester City and Manchester United, playing to determine who would have the inside track to this year’s Premiere League championship. The comments about soccer not being a real sport and not a man’s game are sort of predictable and depressing, and it’s not likely that a tense 1-0 match is going to bring Americans around to the sport. (Unlike last week’s ManU-Everton 4-4 match, which was much more engaging, which ratcheted up the stakes for yesterday’s derby, and would be much more likely to convert the unbelievers — or at least would allow soccer evangelists to say, “See? Check that out!”)

I’m also now thinking about all those ManU 20th Championship T-shirts that got printed up following City’s collapse against Arsenal just a few weeks back, which seemed at the time like a ceding of the title. I think about how T-shirt printers in the States make championship shirts for both teams in a Finals Game 7/Super Bowl situation, and how the losing team’s shirts get sent to Africa where, ostensibly, no one will know the difference. How about sending the ManU championship shirts to the States, to clothe the Twitter-happy soccer haters? (Especially the dude posing sans shirt in his avatar.)

If Chelsea and Arsenal Jerseys Had Babies

One of our favorite sites, Football Fashion, revealed Leyton Orient’s new home and away kits. (They play in East London, League One, in case you didn’t know.) The red Samsung one, in particular, looked … familiar. In a kind of forbidden love, Sports Bigamist kind of way. Rock one of these at Saturday’s now really important derby, and you’ll confuse everybody.

The New U.S. Soccer Uniforms Are Here

Nike and U.S. Soccer released the new jersey designs for both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams (or as we know them on Twitter, #USMNT and #USWNT. 

Check ‘em out for yourselves. Hoop jerseys are stylin’, even though horizontal stripes aren’t slimming. These look sharp. Guess we won’t see them at the Olympics, but hopefully they’ll stick around for the ’14 World Cup. 

A Quick Take on Euro 2012 Uniforms (Or Kits, As They’re More Britishly Known)

From Irish site The Score comes a look at the 16 home and away kits for Euro 2012. The Dutch kits (especially the away kits) are sweet, and the Sweden away kit might be the sharpest looking one here, though I also like the German surprise green. Croatia goes with their typical cool-yet-horrifying checkered tablecloth home uni for most eye-assaulting, which Spain goes with a decidedly non-Spanish blue when they’re wearing typical home reds, and England dons a black (?) away with a slate blue collar (more ?). Puma’s arty African kits of late are cooler, but, overall, these are mostly sound takes on classic looks.