Forget the latest releases on Netflix, Amazon Prime or iPlayer, because at the moment the competition to be Roma’s next kit supplier is providing all the cliff-hanger drama we need in this current lockdown.
Following the announcement that the Romans would be ending their agreement with Nike at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, names touted to take over from the American brand have swung from contender to contender. At one stage, New Balance appeared to have it all sewn up, but just a couple of weeks ago it was reported that Reebok were the new front runners.
Now, like all gripping TV, we’re left waiting to find out who will be chosen to kit out the famous colours of I Giallorossi. To tide you over during that wait we’ve brought you a Roma concept from @mockup_fc that gives us a taste of what the Italians could look like if the Reebok rumours are proved to be true. Let’s take a closer look at this Roma Reebok concept kit!
When it comes to reference points for Reebok shirts, don’t worry if you can’t remember a recent one, because the manufacturers have gone significantly quiet since their prime days in the early 2000s era of Premier League football. Providing shirts for the likes of Liverpool and Bolton, the brand were bought out by adidas in 2005, who then swiftly moved to take the prized Merseyside asset from their new acquisition.
Reebok’s shirts for those clubs often made use of panelled features separating sections of the jersey. A similar design has been used in this concept for Roma, albeit with a curved band around the top of the shirt, rather than the pointed features from the noughties.
Elsewhere, the concept’s other design features focus more on the history and heritage of the club, beginning with a faded graphic of the Coliseum on the body of the shirt. Over-powered slightly by the Qatar Airways sponsor, this is still an interesting design feature, and one which we haven’t seen for a while on a Roma shirt. If Reebok were to bring it back, it would certainly be a statement for their first major release in over 10 years!
It is also nice to see the Reebok logo back on a football shirt, even if it is only a concept at this stage. Despite being absent for a number of years, the logo is still one of football’s most eye-catching – as seen with Chile’s famous 1998 shirt – and it fits nicely into this shirt in the traditional orange against a maroon base.
It also appears on the shoulders of the shirt, but more faded. If these were to be lit up with more colour it would be a subtle nod to the classic Roma x Kappa shirts of the 2000s, while also giving us more of that logo.
Who will be the next kit supplier for Roma?
With a long history of stunning shirts and traditional colours that separate them from so many of Europe’s elite clubs, gaining a deal as the kit provider for Roma is a big deal. Judging by the rumours that have appeared, it would suggest that the club are looking to move away from the larger brands such as Nike and adidas, in favour of the likes of Reebok and New Balance, who may be able to supply more tailored and specific attention to their apparel needs.
A return for Reebok in Rome would be a massive surprise to the football shirt community, but it would be great to see one of sport’s most enduring brands back on the biggest stage. It might be a while before we get a conclusion to this drama, so in the meantime we will just have to make do with the amazing concepts being created by the likes of @mockup_fc!
Who are @mockup_fc?
@mockup_fc are graphic designers based in the UK, who have a specific style to all of their concept shirts. Covering the likes of PSV, Valencia and now this Roma Reebok concept kit, they have a consistent output of quality designs. Check them out on Twitter and Instagram.