Both Nike Chelsea’s kits and many more have taken inspiration from the past, just as Nigeria’s World Cup home strip did
Nigeria won the World Cup.
France might have lifted the trophy but the Super Eagles were the real winners after taking the world by storm with their home kit.
Three million pre-orders of the Nike kit, which was inspired by the strips of 1994 and 1996, meant it sold out and became an instant classic.
So it’s no surprise Nike have continued with the theme of going back to the past when it comes to their latest offerings from around Europe.
Take Chelsea’s home kit.
From 1981 to 1995 red featured prominently in the strips made by Le Coq Sportif and Umbro, before dropping off.
For Nike’s second Chelsea kit red is back in a big way, complimenting the sponsor rather than jarring against it as is normally the case.
It’s the same story for Chelsea’s away kit.
Yellow is back on the menu having last been seen in 2014.
Chelsea first switched to a yellow away kit in 1963, back when new signing Robert Green was only 17.
Man City’s latest away kit is inspired by the events of 1999.
While Man United were competing in Champions League finals, City were attempting to get out of the fourth tier of English football.
City had to overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Gillingham in the final of the Division Two play-offs, and from there it’s been plain sailing.
If, by plain sailing, you’re referring to one relegation and three finishes outside of the top half.
Away from the Premier League, Barcelona’s away kit is a throwback to the side of 2005/06.
Inspired by Ronaldinho and featuring a young Lionel Messi, Barcelona won La Liga, the Champions League and a Spansish Super Cup under Frank Rijkaard.
There’s nothing subtle about the similarities, aside from the Rakuten sponsor splashed across the latest kit.
For subtlety you need to look at Inter Milan’s home kit.
To celebrate 20 years of partnership Nike have paid homage to their collaboration made ahead of the 1998/99 season.
There’s no collar but Inter’s latest kit does feature a gold Nike tick and gold trimmings around the badge, just as the first shirt did.
Ronaldo’s no.9 shirt has been inherited by Mauro Icardi and Javier Zanetti has moved upstairs but not much ever changes as far as Inter’s black and blue stripes are concerned.