By Phil Hecken
It’s often been said by many of the readers of Uni Watch that
soccer football, particularly European football, doesn’t get much love on these boards, and that’s certainly true — but that’s due far more to the fact that both Paul and I aren’t especially familiar with the beautiful game (full confession: I only watch during the World Cup and the Olympics) than the fact that we don’t like the sport. And while it’s no baseball, for many readers nothing approaches soccer as their sport of choice.
As you probably know, last weekend I ran the first part of a two-part series, as envisioned by my buddy, Tim E. O’Brien, on some “what if uniforms” for the 16 teams of the Euro Championships — not the unis they currently wear, or have in the past, but something that we might expect to see in the future. In part one we looked at the first 8…and today we conclude with the final eight.
Euro Championships…into the future — Part II
By Tim E. O’Brien
Continuing and capping Uni Watch’s unprecedented coverage of soccer (futbol) kit history/news/concepts this June, I’m proud to bring you the second part of my Euro 2012 concepts just in time for Sunday’s finale (Avanti Azzurri!).
Again, I took some ideas from current Euro stuff and older Euro and World Cup unis but I tried to tweak these enough to make them my own and for the rest I tied newer concepts from the ground up. Enjoy.
THE FINAL EIGHT:
Very simplistic (perhaps too simplistic) but I think it works for this team (and Puma seems to think so this year too). Though I do go a bit more experimental on the Second Change and Keeper kits.
I like what Portugal’s doing this year but I’ve made some efforts to improve and edit the designs. This included a new font, an edited cross and a few other changes.
With the Spaniards, I decided to play around with some gradients. The Primary kit is inspired by part of the Spanish crest while the Change kit features the crowned lion from the crest on the shorts.
I really liked the white kit with the blue stripes France wore last year, so I combined that with certain aspects of their Euro 2012 blue kit and combined them to create a new Primary and Change (and, unusually for me, both Keeper kits).
The Special Change kit, a kit for only the most important of games, echos their 1998 World Cup winning kit.
I went with simple and classic but with a twist. I really liked the ’08 German unis, so I updated them for 2012. I use Futura as my font because it is a German made sans-serif that’s both amazingly beautiful and versatile.
Flag inspired. Need I say more?
The English need classic, traditional kits, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The Change kit features red on red pinstripes while the Special Change kit, a kit for only the most important of games, returns the Three Lions to a predominantly white kit with red trim and an all red logo.
The Keeper Change Kit was inspired by the current keeper kit Hart wore in England’s match against France.
I actually kinda like the font Italy has been using this year, so I tried to recreate it with a few tweaks. These are all pretty traditional but I feel like the flag sleeves and fonts cross these into a very modern feel.
And there you have it! Thanks TimE. OK readers — how’d he do on Part number 2?
Or maybe they’ve discovered Mike’s from the planet Bleutahr…
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We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.
You folks heard the call for concepts, and you’ve responded with vigor — couple sets today.
And so, lets begin:
We have my buddy, and everyone’s favorite 5&1 friend, Jim Vilk…
A quick Paint job, but you get the idea: Sansabelt pants and a little more yellow to brighten up that fantastic uniform.
Next up is Rex Henry with a new look for the Charlotte
Charlotte Hornets Buzz with- hear me out- mismatched purple unis.
OK…what the hell is this?
It’s not really a tweak per se. But it was sent to Paul, who suggested I display it in the Concepts section. You can read more about it, and the rationale, from Chris Ray (If the link says “connection reset” or something like that, just try it a second time and it should work):
Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but there’s a University of Iowa sports blog called Black Heart Gold Pants that has recently completed their Nike Pro Combat series uniform interpretations for all 12 B1G football teams:
Overall, this is outstanding work and accurately combines the stereotypes of the individual teams and regions with the oftentimes absurd uniform renditions we’ve seen from the Nike Pro Combat series. With myself being a lifetime UM fan, I especially enjoyed the OSU and MSU uniform entries. Please review and hopefully you’ll also appreciate the effort, attention to detail and creativity from the folks who put together the BHGP blog and share these gems with your readers.
And that’s it for today kiddies. Back with more tomorrow (a big set coming from Terry D).
That will conclude today’s program — a very odd uniform juxtaposition will take place today, as the Tampa Rays will be “throwing back” to wear a uniform they never wore during a year (1979) they never existed (and it’s so garish it falls into the “so bad it’s good” category), with the Tigers donning their 1979 road unis as a counterpoint…and the Minnesota Twins & Kansas City Royals will be wearing two of the more gorgeous minor league throwbacks you could ever hope to see.
Expect coverage of both tomorrow. Catch the games today. Cheers.
“I suppose you’re entitled to believe the uni numbers make the jersey look cluttered (although I disagree) but I don’t see how you could find numbers — which can be designed to fit the style and look of the jersey (which you can’t with sponsor patch), which are generally smaller than the average jersey sponsor patch and which actually serve a function on the pitch — to be anywhere near as objectionable as jersey sponsor patches.”
— Pat “Padday” Flamingo