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thoughts on the new shirts & other things

August 27, 2014

Real Madrid – represented by Iker Casillas, James Rodríguez, Xabi Alonso, Marcelo and Gareth Bale – presented their third kits for this season on Tuesday.  This shirt was designed by Yohji Yamamoto, and features two entwined dragons on the front, plus the designer’s signature on the inside of the collar.

I saw the shirt up close at my local Adidas store yesterday, and I have to say, I’m not the biggest fan.  I think it’s a bit jarring.  But I will admit it’s different and relatively original, but I don’t see what dragons have to do with Real Madrid (it kind of makes sense if the Spanish press is right and this was made to capture the Asian market).  As my madridista friend pointed out, it’s Barcelona that has a connection with dragons, as the patron saint of the city is Sant Jordi (Saint George).  (He also said, “I love it, it’s so tacky.”)

Besides, from a short distance away, it reminds me of this.

Marcelo’s Vicks VapoRub mess.  It’s really hard to make out what’s on the shirt from a short distance away.

I kind of believe some of the players didn’t think much of it either, but of course were forced to say they did.  Xabi called it “ground breaking” and “innovative,” which is what you say when you’re trying to tactfully describe something you don’t think much of (it’s like how magazines like ¡Hola! always say an outfit is “original” if they don’t have anything good to say about it).  It was cute, though, when Marcelo said that the shirt goes well with his tattoos.

Meanwhile, Gareth, Marcelo and James modeled the new “F50 Adidas Adizero Yamamoto Football Boot,” which features – of course – dragons.  And in different colors too.  Naturally, Xabi Alonso was NOT wearing them.

And Iker will be wearing orange, meaning that the carrot is back.  That got me thinking, and this was the result.

FYI: there are surprisingly few pictures of single carrots floating around on the Internet.

P.S. I do love the pink shirt though.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mcbeagles permalink
    August 28, 2014 01:37

    I’m with you on the dragons. The black and white is sharp but the dragons are a little odd. It took me a minute of looking at the photo to figure out what I was seeing.
    The pink is great though!

  2. black widow permalink
    August 28, 2014 04:45

    hee. i agree, i was kind of torn on it, but i think i’ll give it a pass. shame, though, as i really want a black champions league jersey with the la decima patch!

  3. Cosi permalink
    August 28, 2014 12:34

    Ugh, those boots are worse than the pink travesties that I could never get over. I do like the boys wearing black, though.

    The last gif is absolutely hilarious- love the radish one the best!

    Xabi, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  4. August 29, 2014 04:57

    Well the 10 patch is going to fix everything in the kit 😀

  5. jellyace permalink
    August 31, 2014 13:46

    Just because the jersey has a dragon, is not going to make the Asian market grab it. The Asians have enough dragons everywhere else. If the Asians (like me) are following a Spanish team, then something that is very Spanish would be more attractive and intriguing for them. Marketing theory gone wrong.

    And Xabi, Noooooooooooooooo….just nooooooooooo.

  6. Jessie permalink
    September 2, 2014 18:31

    like the kit, hate the shoes

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