Top 8 Nike Football Kits of 2019 - All Hail Australia
It’s time to shake off your prejudice towards Nike when it comes to football shirts.
When people complain about the football shirt industry being little more that a template recycling machine, Nike are usually the brand first on people’s lips.
It’s a reputation that is understandable given some of the relatively underwhelming years the brand experienced not long ago, but in the past couple of seasons there is evidence that the sportswear giants have turned a corner. In 2019, I would argue that they’re actually one of the most desirable brands in football, a far cry from what I would have said just a few years ago.
What’s the evidence for this unpopular opinion? Well, if last year was the beginning of the sentence, then 2019 is the exclamation mark at the end.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be looking at the best 2019 football kits across all the major brands, so stay tuned for more manufacturers and more delightful football kits.
For now though let’s jump into my favourite Nike shirts of 2019.
NOTE: This blog will be updated with any new Nike kits that come out following the initial publication date
8. AIK 2019/20 Away Kit
Swedish side AIK have carved out their own space in the football shirt world over the past couple of seasons, creating a series of stunning designs including their memorable blackout kits. Their latest away kit is just as good as any kit that has gone before it, with a gorgeous triple stripe running down the centre.
In combination with the clean white base and inoffensive sponsor, it’s a strong look which hasn’t lost any of its appeal in the months since it’s release.
7. Roma 2019/20 Away Kit
Look at that sash.
Roma already teased us with their ultra smart home shirt, but things have stepped up a gear for the away. The same lightning bolt motif used on the cuffs and collar of the home has been dramatically reinterpreted as a sash, and I am a big fan of the bold direction. As with any good kit, the colours do a lot of the heavy lifting and I can’t think of many other teams whose colour palette would suit this sort of design as well as this.
6. France 2019/20 Away Kit
France’s World Cup journey this year ended prematurely, but despite the disappointment, no one can deny that their away kit was one of the stories of the tournament.
I’ve seen pictures of the polka dot-esque design everywhere, and the shirt is a wonderful example of how good football kit design can transcend the usual remit, touching areas of the wider culture. Nike’s 2012 away shirt for the men’s team has rightly gone down as one of the classic designs of this decade, but you could certainly argue that this away shirt has gone one better.
5. Club América 2019/20 Home Kit
I always look forward to new Club América kits. Their shirts are consistently some of the most adventurous in terms of design, and in recent years Nike have adopted a theme of geometric patterns evoking eagles wings, fitting given their nickname Las Águilas (The Eagles).
Their latest shirt boast a triangle-based pattern across the chest, creating a sort of ‘v’ which works well with the crest and Nike logo. But as great as the pattern is, it’s not my favourite feature. I’m more excited by the monochrome ‘Home Depot’ logo, which is a big improvement on the usual bright orange logo that has spoiled recent Club América shirts.
4. Inter Milan 2019/20 Away Kit
Mint shirts are becoming a bit of a trend, and Inter’s new away shirt is probably the best of the movement so far.
Everything about this design oozes class. The cuffs and collar dazzle with their black and gold trim, the ubiquitous Pirelli sponsor adds to the overall aesthetic (something which can rarely be said of any sponsor), even just the way the various lines of the crest complement the rest of the design is delightful. This is a very well put together piece of kit, and one which deserves all the plaudits it’s getting.
3. Barcelona 2019/20 Away Kit
Barcelona’s new home kit divided opinion to say the least, but by contrast I haven’t found a bad word said about their away kit.
The timeless yellow sash design instantly draws you back Johan Cruyff’s time at Barcelona, and Nike’s tribute to that memorable 70s look is as faithful as they come. The only thing that would’ve improved this kit would be the removal of the main sponsor from the front of the shirt. It’s an unrealistic demand, but one can dream right?
2. Pumas UNAM 2019/20 Home Kit
Pumas are one of those teams who have consistently great designs year after year. Their iconic, ‘giant puma head’ look has undergone several strong iterations since long before I was born, but amongst this impressive history the 2019 vintage might just be one of their best efforts to date.
This design has everything I look for in a shirt. It has a perfectly balanced colourway, with two shades of white, navy and nothing else. It maintains the unmistakable kit heritage of the team, with that giant puma head, whilst also bringing in new elements like the intricate pattern and sunray design. It’s unique, full of details and equally effective up-close as it is from afar.
When all is said and done this summer, I think this will be one of my favourite kits across any club or country.
1. Australia 2019/20 Home Kit
Back in March I wrote about my favourite designs for the then upcoming Women’s World Cup, and at the time I ranked Australia’s home shirt as the 2nd best going into the tournament.
However now that the dust has settled in France, it’s the Matildas kit that sticks out most in my mind. Unlike my previous #1 China who were shy to say the least about their away shirt, Australia boldly showed off their threads and I was all the happier for it.
The way Nike brought forward the famous early 90s design for a contemporary audience was superb, and I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that this kit is close to Nigeria in terms of its significance to the industry. I can’t really give higher praise than that.
Keep checking back to this list later in the summer to see if any latecomers can sneak into the rankings. And if all these shirts have got you in the mood for a new purchase for the collection, let me introduce you to our discount kits tracker which lists a bunch of football shirt bargains every single week!