Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Good, The Bad, the WTF

The Away shirt. What used to be the Change shirt has taken on a life of its own. No longer just used to make sure that a visiting team's colors don't run too closely to the home side's, now they are trotted out for any kind of special event. The bonus for the club is that there is no need to follow traditional color schemes, therefore you can come up with all kinds of wild crap that your fans will still buy.

Yes, most away shirts are crap, and best left hanging in the closet after their time on the pitch is done. Sometimes, though, a club will take a real stab at creating a nice away shirt, one that the fans can wear proudly years later. This post is dedicated to one of those.

This is the Juventus Away shirt from 05/06. The images I could find look a little washed out, but on TV, the red popped out. The green stripe runs in muted opposition, flanked on either side by a thin white line that saves our brains from having to referee the fight between the main colors (which has an artsy terminology, but I'll be damned if I can remember it).

All in all, a nice effort from the Old, eternally scandal-ridden Lady. Definitely in the underused "Good" category. And I must say, a departure from these shirts, many of which are the British definition of an Away shirt.

image courtesy of the ebays

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