Fans Blast Puma for ‘Progressive and Refreshing’ Third Kits

Published 08/19/2021, 1:37 PM EDT


Puma is relatively new to making football jerseys as Nike and Adidas have enjoyed a monopoly in the trade. However, the German company are making some new inroads, and their sponsorship deal with Manchester City is their biggest one yet.

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The company got a lot of praise for the jerseys they made for City last season. The designs were refreshing, and even rival fans had good things to say for them. The home jersey didn’t really make a wave this season, but Puma released one of the best away kits of all time.

Manchester City’s away jersey.

However, Puma missed the mark with the third kit, as fans were not happy with the minimalistic design. A fan on Twitter compared the kit to a common-place T-shirt in any average superstore. Moreover, if the prices remain the same as their normal jersey prices, approximately £100, they would face even more problems.

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Puma didn’t stop at City, however, and followed this blueprint for all of the clubs that they sponsor. Clubs like Marseille, AC Milan, Valencia, Fenerbahce and PSV Eindhoven all released similar jerseys. They all got similar reviews from the fans.

The name of the club plastered in the middle of the shirt wasn’t the only change that Puma made. The club’s badge has been placed on the back of the jersey beneath the collar. Some of the jerseys also feature a pattern of the club’s crest on the entire T-shirt. However, this wasn’t enough to change the fans’ minds.

Fans react to the Puma third kits.

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The biggest talking point about the jerseys was that they look like no effort was put into making or designing them. Fans are also worried about the price, but the lack of creativity was a huge problem too.

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Puma did miss the mark with this one, and it’s made worse by the success of their rivals. Adidas has got rave reviews for their kits for Manchester United, and Nike has done an amazing job with PSG kits. It’ll be interesting to see how Puma bounces back from this one.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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