2000 Roma home shirt is proof we need a Kappa reunion

FSC Approved – 2000 Roma home shirt

Roma have won three league titles during their 93 year history; once in 1941/42, another time in 1982/83 and most recently in 2000/01. Their 2000 shirt marked the beginning of an incredible, if a little short, stint with Kappa, and with Roma set to change manufacturers next year it serves as a reminder that the band desperately needs to get back together again.

Kappa moved the football shirt industry forward in a big way at the turn of the millennium with their Kappa Kombat shirts, completely stealing the show when Italy finished as runners up in Euro 2000. The tight, stretchy kits were a dramatic departure from the baggy creations of the 90s, and Roma couldn’t have been partnering with the manufacturer at a more interesting time.

The 2000/01 Roma home shirt was virtually identical to the Italy shirt, and it was all the better for it. With the club’s eternal colour scheme on full display and very little in the way of distraction, this was about as pure a shirt as you could get, and the fact that we got to see Francesco Totti play in both kits is, in hindsight, one of the greatest gifts the footballing gods could ever bestow on us, not to mention a mercurial season from Batigol in the colours of the Giallorossi.

Looking again at the Roma shirt, it’s fascinating to see the details of the Kappa design. The tight fitting, stretchy material and the stitching visible on the surface combined to give the look something of a futuristic aesthetic. Cycling outfit, swimsuit, spacesuit; there are many things this piece of kit may remind you of before a football shirt.

The timeless nature of the design stands out still today, and though shirts have undergone a number of changes, few designs if any have managed to capture the essence of simplicity and sophistication that Kappa’s kits in 2000 did.

With the nostalgia of a title win in a Kappa shirt, and the many great designs that followed this first edition of Kappa x Roma, everything is pointing to a glorious reunion as Roma end their deal with Nike this season. There are rumours of a number of other brands trying to get into bed with the Giallorossi, but I’m crossing my fingers for a return to some of the best kits we’ve ever seen this side of the millennium, kits like the 2000/01 Roma home shirt.

No collection is complete without a Roma shirt, and we even have some Kappa x Roma shirts in our marketplace, including the very same 2000 home shirt that we’ve been talking about.

Pick it up before someone else does.

What is FSC Approved?

What makes a football shirt good? It’s a purely subjective question, right?

Whilst there are indeed a lot of subjective elements when it comes to shirts, there are still factors to consider. Sometimes, a design is notable for its unique aesthetic. The colourway, pattern or construction may have gone where no shirt dared to go before it, or it might simply be a particularly good utilisation of a classic approach. Other times, a legendary player elevates a design to immortality, even if the design in question would’ve been hard to pick out of a crowd before.

Our series FSC Approved will be a lovingly curated list of shirts that deserve to be in the conversation as good, possibly even great football shirts, no matter who you support or what your taste in shirts is. Old classics, new contenders, if it’s FSC Approved it’s as close to a certified banger as you can get.

Phil Delves

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