My Case for Firing Every Kit Designer in FranceBy: Thomas | July 15th, 2010
What a team wears makes much more of a difference than many of you may think, in fact, the jersey of a team can be a primary reason for a prospective fan to develop an affinity. Watching the World Cup with relatives that know nothing of football brought me to this conclusion, as many of them decided to root for teams based on the merits in their eyes of the kits they wore. For instance, Argentina was widely supported by my American family based solely on their shirts. This is why it pains me so much to see the disgraceful rags that have this summer been offered by many a French club to their players. I’m sure you’ve all seen the horror that is the Lyon away jersey (above) but let me give you a preview as to what other teams will be wearing…
Lets look at the jerseys FC Lorient will be wearing this season as an example. “Oh but they can’t be worse than last season!” you say, well, see for yourselves:
That’s the home kit. It’s not horribly offensive, my critiques would be the B&B label which utterly clashes on this shirt along with the cluttering of text in different fonts in the upper third of the shirt. The tiger stripes creeping around the side are a little odd as well.
I find this away shirt horrible. Now it’s not just the B&B circle that clashes, but the red La Trinitaine label as well. On this one the tiger stripes are only on the left side (looking at it) which makes it so much worse.
The third kit: the climax of the Lorient design team’s horror movie. This one made me throw up in my mouth a little. I’m terribly sorry but this is too horrible for words.
Moving on let’s look at some selected atrocities from other clubs in the league…
The Rennes away jersey: skin tight prison garb with a collection of small trees on the right shoulder and a nice big sponsor that blends with the background.
The ASSE home jersey: the dullest shirt I’ve ever seen plus a nice cluster of sponsors on the chest and a “Funai” label on the rear end area.
The Marseille away jersey as modeled by Lucho Gonzalez. Your eyes are not deceiving you, it is indeed plaid. Looks like ugly swim suit pattern.
The Sochaux home jersey: looks like it came out of the mid 90’s, boring, clashing, just all around ugly. Most of these shirts have been overdesigned, This one is underdesigned.
The Nice third jersey: no words are necessary.
That’s all for now. If any of you are interested in seeing more horrible jerseys, leave a comment or shoot an email to email@example.com.