Is Vallecano shirt the best of this season’s new kit launches?

As the start of the new season draws ever closer and transfer speculation reaches fever pitch football fans can look forward to one thing with certainty – a new kit.

While some sides trot out the same old designs, year in year out, either through staunch traditionalism or pure laziness, others are happier to experiment with colours, materials and statements.

The most obvious example of this so far is Rayo Vallecano’s new away strip, which pays tribute to the “unsung heroes of the game” and joins the fight against homophobia in football.

Worthy motivation for sure but is the kit any good? Take a look here as we run our eyes over some of the more notable new releases – good and bad.

Rayo Vallecano – Away

Given their motives it’s impossible not to back the Madrid club’s new strip and even with the story behind its conception to one side we think it’s a pretty stylish effort.

Juventus – Home

The Old Lady’s distinctive home kits may have been donated by Notts County originally but the Italian giants have certainly made it their own with this season’s effort by Adidas. 

Manchester City – Home

While Juve show us how sticking to what you know best can work, Manchester City’s new home strip – a natty little collar aside – is pretty much indistinguishable from last year’s!

Juventus – Away

Juve may have stuck with tradition at home but fans following the Turin giants on the road will be treated to a far brighter spectacle. There are very few teams that can pull off a pink jersey with aplomb – luckily Juve are one of them.

Manchester United – Home

While City have trotted out the same old number, rivals United – helped by a record-breaking manufacturer switch – are set to reveal a retro-inspired Adidas kit for the new campaign.

With no official sightings we’ve had to make do with leaked photos but if these prove to be accurate Adidas could be on to a winner.

Porto – Away

After including a £43m buy-out clause in Bryan Ruiz’s new contract Sporting Lisbon may be the current butt of jokes in Portugal – but that will soon change once rivals Porto take to the pitch in this brown number.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.