Welcome to our round-up of the new shirts that will be gracing Serie A in the 2021/22 season. Join us as we explore the good, the bad and the ugly of Italy’s top tier…
I rossonero have tackled head-on the perennial challenge of re-inventing a striped design; though the result won’t be to everyone’s liking. Milan went early and debuted the shirt at the end of the 2020/21 season. The broad central stripe and tapering widths evoke memories of their 2014-15 home shirt (the not-so golden era of Cerci, Destro and Montolivo). The side panels make for a rather congested look. The minimalist collar design of the authentic shirt is replaced by a chunky red v-design on the replica shirts.
6/10 – a valiant effort
I rossoblu have supplemented their traditional broad stripes with irregular sublimated brickwork, in a gesture toward the city’s architecture and the magnificent portico that leads from the stadium to the hilltop San Luca Basilica. The pattern also provides a somewhat less profound link to the club’s main sponsor, who are in the construction business. The large round collar is reminiscent of a 1970s shirt, with the white-red-blue design replicated on the cuffs. The home and away shirts are manufactured from recycled plastic, with each shirt said to be comprised of 13 plastic bottles.
7/10 – modernising a classic
Genoa have sustained a relatively consistent-but-unspectacular look in recent seasons in partnership with manufacturer Kappa. However, they have stepped outside of the comfort zone with the 2021/22 design. It features a fantastic (and quite detailed) map of the port city sublimated into the red and blue halves. The two-tone round collar is another area of innovation that needs to be chalked up in the “W” column.
8/10 – who doesn’t love a map on a shirt?
This is a shirt brimming with civic symbolism. It takes inspiration from The Arche Scaligere, a Gothic mausoleum dedicated to the Della Scala family; the sublimated patterning (front and back) mirrors that from the monument’s ironwork. The inside of the neck contains an effigy of the poet Dante who was exiled in the city in the 14th century. Printed on the inside of the shirt is the line ch’in te avrà sì benigno riguardo; taken from Dante’s Paradiso, a tribute to the city and its ruling family.
7/10 – concept slightly better than execution
“The New Skin of Milan” was the slogan used to launch this revolutionary new design for Inter. The snakeskin patterning is, of course, a nod to the Biscione, a symbol of the city of Milan which was adopted by Inter (and Alfa Romeo). This is not one for the traditionalists; perhaps they could have coped with the loss of long-time sponsor Pirelli if it had not also been for the new crest and the decisive move away from a striped design. In fact, it’s difficult to spot any black on the nerazzurri’s shirt at all.
5/10 – first they came for your badge, then they came for your stripes
After a couple of rogue years, Juventus have returned to something approaching tradition with their 2021/22 design. The shirt has a certain chromatic consistency with the Jeep sponsor fitting in better than in previous attempts. To mark 10 years at the Allianz Stadium, the shirt contains a sublimated depiction of the “Cammino delle Stelle” (a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame at the stadium) and an insignia inside the collar reading “10 Years At Home”.
6/10 – back on track
I Biancocelesti sparked temporary outrage when several national newspapers reported that their new home shirt for the new season would be ‘green’. In a moment of great relief for tifosi, the club clarified that this referred to the shirt’s environmental credentials rather than the hue. The shirt uses the same Eco-Softlock fabric as seen in the Bologna jersey. This unfussy design with substantial white v-neck collar has a distinctively 1970s feel, brought to life by a sublimated double pinstripe. The addition of a sponsor could be the making of this shirt.
6/10 – smart, but unspectacular
Roma had been spoiled in recent seasons with Nike providing a suite of bespoke shirt designs which hit the high notes. This summer they switched to New Balance and came back down to earth with something of a bump. Perhaps playing it safe for their first foray into the Italian market, New Balance have offered up a rather insipid design comprising of a broad v-neck, sparse pinstripes and yellow-gold trim. At least the sponsor ties in.
6/10 – who here misses Nike?
The Blucerchiati have opted for simplicity in the second year of their partnership with Macron. The simple round collar and absence of white panelling or any sublimated detail provides Samp with a very stripped back look for 2021/22. Much like Juventus, the innovation this year comes in the form of a return to tradition. The positioning of the famous bands suggests that a further primary sponsor to be placed above is still to come.
7/10 – back to basics…and it works
Another shirt released at the end of the 2020/21 season was Sassuolo Third shirt. Puma have deployed the club’s main colours of green and black across the shoulders, collar and cuffs. A busy chequerboard design alternating electric blue and a graded navy is used on the front of the shirt, though is not repeated on the rear of the shirt.
3/10 – they’re not going to shift many of these
Torino shirts have felt a little low on innovation in recent seasons; even a shift from Kappa to Joma a couple of years ago failed to shake things up. However, they’ve successfully mixed things up for 2021/22 with some bold sublimation, incorporating the repeated pattern of a traditional club crest and key dates from the club’s history. The accompanying ‘sash’ away shirt celebrates an eternal friendship with Argentinian club, River Plate.
6/10 – back in the game
Le Zebrette have released a two-tone turquoise and navy blue away shirt for 2021/22. The graded design and bright colourway gives the shirt a fresh feel. A new feature – expected to be seen on the home shirt once released – is the new font of their primary sponsor, Dacia.
6/10 – not bad at all
That’s your lot for now, but we’ll be updating this as and when new shirts are released. And if you’re getting impatient, spare a thought for the Napoli kitman; with new shirts not expected to arrive until August they have painstakingly applied an “SSC Napoli” patch to every item of pre-season training gear to cover up out-going tertiary sponsor Kimbo…