RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk

Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year’s kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low.

The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt.

Photo from: fcska.ru

FC Tosno

The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn’t built its own identity. Last year, the team played in the city of Veliky Novgorod, which is located 135 kilometers from Tosno. This season, fans have to travel to Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, which was previously used by Zenit.

The Tosno kit looks like a fake version of the English national team’s, and were probably bought in one of the many markets in St. Petersburg. One must also wonder how they managed to attract British rock icon Sergio Pizzorno.

Photo from: vk.com/fctosno

Dinamo Moscow

It is no secret that Dinamo Moscow and main sponsor VTB Bank aren’t on the best of terms these days. Perhaps that’s why the VTB logo is crossed by horizontal stripes? Whatever the reason is for this decision, it definitely ruins the kit.

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Photo from: fcdynamo.ru

In general, Dinamo should learn a lesson from SKA and use the same kit every year. A significant part of their fans were born hundreds of years ago, so they won’t appreciate major changes. In fact, except for the tiny stripes, the club again did not offer anything new.

In their place I would return to classic kits without any additional decorative details. Moreover, it would be great if Dinamo returned that logo for at least one game.

Arsenal Tula

Last year, I reached the peak of my career in journalism by writing that the design of Arsenal’s home shirt was “inspired by cheese melted on the blood from our eyes”. It was a truly crazy kit, take a look:

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Photo from: vk.com/pfc_arsenal

This year Arsenal, probably fearing my caustic comments, went with a more traditional kit. The design is quite ordinary, except for the yellow numbers that fit well with the bright logo, but why are the Adidas stripes white? Some Tula fans have already stated that this kit is made in Spartak’s colours. Could this be a tribute to former head coach Dmitry Alenichev?

Photo from: vk.com/pfc_arsenal

Anyway, the new kit is boring, so: Guys, please, forgive me and go back to your insane experiments.

Anzhi Makhachkala

For the second season in a row, Anzhi’s home kit is green instead of yellow. The black elements on the shirts looks strange, but at least they save the kit from being absolutely plain.

Photo from: fcanji.ru

Ural Ekaterinburg

Joma has the edge over dull Adidas kits worn by most Russian teams, but it doesn’t matter, since the Ural looks like a club who plans to enter either the Ligue 1 or Tippeligaen. At least, this is evidenced by the number of sponsors they placed on the shirt.

Photo from: fc-ural.ru/

Amkar Perm and Rubin Kazan

Amkar and Rubin, who finished tenth and ninth last season, synchronously decided not to submit new kits. It was reported that Rubin are unhappy with their Jako shirts and is negotiating with New Balance, but the contract is still not et finalised, and so we have to look at the same kit as last season.

As for Amkar, the club never bothered with the kits. Last season, the players trained with Joma equipment, but started the season in temporary Adidas kits. Later, the team received new Adidas kits, and these days the ones are sold in the official fan shop as the 2017/2018 kit. One can only praise the management of the Perm club for their insight: if the merchandise is in zero demand, why spend time on designing it?

Lokomotiv Moscow

The cup winners are using green as a home colour for the second season in a row. The decision to use two shades of green is unusual, but it looks fine on the pitch. Nevertheless, it is likely that we will rarely see this kit live if Lokomotiv follow the pattern of last season, where they played home games in white t-shirts. Perhaps this is due to superstition, as Lokomotiv wore green when it lost one of the most important games in its history against Monaco in the 2003–04 Champions League.

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Photo from Fclm.ru

The away jersey, white and red, honours the 95th anniversary of the club, but instead of looking Soviet retro, it looks more like something from the 1990s or early 2000s. In fact, the only thing designers worked on is the logo, but it looks stunning and can be a strong reason to buy this rather plain kit.

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Image from http://www.fclm.ru/

The third kit for Europa League games combines the colors of the main sponsor and club owner — Russian Railways. In addition, the logo is made of reflective materials. Perhaps other clubs should follow the example, imagine Bayern in pink, Chelsea in Red and RB Leipzig in… nevermind.

FC Ufa

Gradient colours can help to create unusual design, but it is important not to overdo it, which is what FC Ufa did. All three of their kits are exactly the same, just in different colours, and the combination of light-green and aquamarine looks especially odd.

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Photo from: fcufa.pro

FC Rostov

Last year the presentation of the Rostov’s kit was limited to a picture of a crumpled shirt on the pitch. This year the club put in a little bit more effort. The kit itself doesn’t differ much from what we have seen earlier bar a few details: the logo was moved to the center and Adidas’ three stripes in now under the armpits.

With the amount of sales Rostov have made this season, it was actually impressive that they managed to find seven players for this picture.

Photo from: fc-rostov.ru

Akhmat Grozny

In honor of renaming the club from Grozny, Ramzan Kadyrov arranged a pompous presentation with the participation of the World Cup ambassador Viktoria Lopyreva. However, the club forgot to present their new kits. On the website one can still buy shirts with Terek on the logo, and  Akhmat played its first game in the kits from the last season. Or they are new, but exactly the same.

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Photo from: fc-akhmat.ru

FC Krasnodar

When Krasnodar presented their kit last season, they were forced to remove Pavel Mamaev from the adds because of his embarassing behaviour after the Euro exit. This season, he is back, but another star is missing, Fyodor Smolov. It is speculated that the reason he isn’t used in the promotional campaign is that he could soon leave the club.

The kit itself tries to replicate last year’s success, when it was named the best according to RFN readers. Furthermore, it proves to Ufa how to use gradient colours without it looking awful. If I have to criticize something, it would be that the away kit is boring. It is simply the same as the home kit, just white.

Photo from: fckrasnodar.ru

Photo from: fckrasnodar.ru

Last but not least, Krasnodar revealed the third jersey for the Europa League campaign. This is a part of Puma’s Step Out collection, which includes 23 black kits used by teams from all over the world. This kit introduces bilious green elements and a diamond pattern, which has always been a part of Krasnodar’s badge.

Photo from: fckrasnodar.ru

Photo from: fckrasnodar.ru

Zenit St. Petersburg

Nike has always made outstanding kits for Zenit, but this time something went wrong. The away shirt is a copy from the last season, and the only interesting element in the new home jersey is the enlarged logo.

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Image from Vk.com/zenit

The third kit was liked by many, and it does look refreshing. According to the press service of the club, the shirt design was inspired by the works of Fabergé, who created eggs for Russian Tsars. However, Fabergé made every egg unique, while Nike just a template. Sad!

CSKA Moscow

CSKA introduced its kit at the end of last season and surprised many. The home colour of the Army club will be blue, although previously they played either in red shirts or in jerseys with white-blue stripes. The blue shirt looks strange, but interesting, especially coupled with red shorts and socks. There are also tiny red stripes, although they are almost impossible to see from a distance.

 

Photo from: fc-cska.com

Photo from: fc-cska.com

Spartak Moscow

Even Viktoria Lopyreva’s beauty can’t outshine the disgrace that is Spartak’s kit. The reigning champions got rid of the iconic horizontal band, but instead covered the shirt with dozens of sponsors. It is clear that Spartak needs to bypass the Financial Fair Play rules, but could it be done more elegantly?

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To be fair, the absence of the stripe can be accepted. In the end, Spartak has had some successfull seasons in plain shirts, but why is the most popular Russian team going to play in Sparta Prague’s kit? Not good!

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Make your own choice

 

Author: Ilya Sokolov

I became interested in football after the 1998 World Cup. Despite my dad wanting me to support Dynamo, I chose Lokomotiv (the name sounded great) and soon saw the team win the league for the first time in its history. Besides Loko, I also like watching Amateur League games in Moscow and its suburbs.

Comments

  1. hansomreiste says:

    Never imagined I would laugh so hard reading an article about kits. Fantastic work. I’m pissed off with the selection of Lokomotiv Moskva in particular – they should keep this beautiful, green kit with some red sprinkled here and there. It was the best they’ve ever had. Loko is good for two things: one, their colors are very lively. Two, they remind people of trains. And trains are nice.

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