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.
So when Paul ran two guest columns a short time ago (more on that below), looking at the awesome uniform histories of the European Championships, and knowing that the Olympics are just around the corner, I thought we could have a bit more on the subject — with a twist.
What I’ve done is to ask my buddy, Tim E. O’Brien, concepter extraordinaire, to come up with some “what if’s” 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. OK, so he actually came up with that concept on his own, but I knew he had been working on something after all his graphical magic on the Basketball Uniform Database. So, sit back and enjoy, the wonderful world of TimE. For each of the inline graphics, click to enlarge. Individual images of each kit are linked. We’ll start with the first eight today, and conclude with the next batch in Part 2.
Euro Championships…into the future
By Tim E. O’Brien
Now that we’ve discovered how teams used to look, I figured it’s time to see how the teams could look in the future:
THE FIRST EIGHT OUT:
For the first host country, I really like what Nike did with Poland this year (I feel dirty now, haha), but they have too much shit going on above the red stripe. I fix that by removing the crest and placing the Polish soccer logo in the center (though, I have since been informed I probably should’ve kept the Polish crest and simply removed the Polish soccer logo…). I really liked this template so I used it for all four unis.
I went with a CCCP feel (plus blue) for the change kit but stuck with a pretty tame yet traditional set for the rest.
The Primary is based on the flag of Denmark. The rest, well… I just thought it looked nice.
I love the Netherlands. Like, LOVE, them. I love that their flag is red, white and blue but they wear black and orange (and yes, I know why this is). I love their logo. I love their tradition. And I love their style of play. Because of all of this, this is one of my favorite sets.
I keep their number font and basic design but I move the weird chest splotch thingy from their current black uni so that it goes over the heart (and therefore combines with the logo), I add it to the shorts and I basically flip the design for the Change kit. The Second Change kit is inspired by their flag.
For my Irish brethren, I decided to go a classical route. Very thin pins and super stripy socks with a very Gaelic font gave me just the look I was going for, but it is a tad too traditional so I added a more modern Second Change kit.
There might be some legibility issues with this set. I could probably fix this by just removing some of the red squares in the pattern but I just love the concepts of the kits so much, I don’t want to change them (And that font is perfect, IMO).
There’s a lot of blue and yellow here but these Swede kits just feel modern even with pretty classic design elements. Must be that numeral font (Same as England. I love it.)
For the second host country, I went a very simple route with a feature of a sublimation of the Ukrainian coat of arms. Plain? Yes. But I think it works.
Thanks, TimE! Well, readers — particularly those of you who are into footy — what say you?
Back next time with Part 2.
by Rick Pearson
Timing is everything, isn’t it…
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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 — so back to two new today.
And so, lets begin:
We have Domenico Delgado-Caramango, with a new look for Cal football:
I attached some Cal Football designs I made. I made them very traditional and included my favorite, the block “C.”
Domenico Delgado from Oakland.
Next up is Michael Wallace, with a 3rd sweater concept for the Stanley Cup runner-ups:
Thought you would like to see a quick 3rd Jersey concept for my hometown Devils. Being an avid uni-watch fan I know everyone’s disdain for BFBS uniforms, but I feel the Devils are a rare exception being that their team colors are Red, Black and White. I’ve also found it amazing that they are one of the few NHL teams left to not have a third Jersey (Not counting the Red & Green Throwback) Nothing fancy, just an idea. Anyways let me know what you think! Thanks.
Mike from Jersey
That’s it for today — back with more tomorrow.
At least pitcher Lucas Harrell had the decency to wear stirrups (and pretty well too). But sadly, no white shoes, as were worn at the time. Actually, that last photo was from 1986, by which time the Astros had moved to navy caps and helmets — they wore the orange toppers from 1975-1982. Although Jim Vilk will disagree with me, I feel the 1983-86 tequila sunrises looked better with the blue caps, because they picked up the navy stirrups and sleeves better. But if you’re going to be gaudy, you may as well go all the way.
We’ve now seen four of the five throwbacks they Astros will wear this year: the gorgeous Colt .45s, the divine Shooting Stars, the gaudy Tequila Sunrises, and the meh Rainbow sleeves. They’ll break out the ‘Star Trek’ unis 3 times — August 10, 17 and 31, and will wear the Rainbow Sleeves twice more, at home, on July 6 and July 20.
That’s going to do it for today. Back with more stuff tomorrow.
“With the elimination yesterday of the noble Czechs, the Euro 2012 tournament survivors are all nation-states representing (more or less) distinct provinces or sub-provinces of the Roman Empire. With one important exception. … Alemania / Deutschland / Germany. … Don’t bet against the Germans.”