As a set of shirts, it is hard to look past the output from Roma and Nike this year. Their home shirt was a brilliantly modern update on a 1970s design, while the away was an instant classic with the use of a traditional collar and wolf head crest.
Unfortunately, this is the last time we will see Roma team up with Nike, as the pair announced an end to their highly successful partnership after the 2020-21 season. So in preparation for this departure, today’s concept review will take a look at some of the brands who could take over from Nike, with concepts showing what Kappa, Puma and Diadora could do with the famous Giallorossi.
All the concepts featured here were part of @football_nerds' recent "Nerd Concept Challenge". Be sure to check out their Twitter page for more fantastic Roma concept shirts.
So far, Kappa appear to be the front runners to sign up with Roma from 2021-22, and given the history between the two, it is easy to see why. In these concepts, @emmegraphic keeps the home shirt simple, but those Kappa logos on the shoulders stand out instantly, as the always do!
His away concept is more adventurous, incorporating the yellow and red that give Roma their Giallorossi nickname, and using the lollipop style we have seen return for 2020-21. Kappa and Roma just seems to click, and these concepts are a great starting point for what we could see.
Diadora, one of Italy’s premier kit manufacturers, are perhaps the only other brand who could rival Kappa in terms of a history with Roma, having previously kitted them out in the late 90s and 2000s. While Luca’s concept may have a slight Galatasary feel to it, a half-and-half design would be a major statement, and again make use of Roma’s iconic colours in a new and inventive way.
The usually distracting Qatar Airways sponsor fades more in this design, while the symmetry of the shirt looks like it continues onto the back, which is always a plus point for me. Finally, the shirt’s features are finished off with a dark navy blue that has made an appearance on recent Roma third kits, with it combining well here with the brighter red and yellow primary colours.
An out of the box choice from Roma would be a team-up with English brand, Umbro. While not usually spectacular, Umbro shirts are always a safe option, and their functional look could be a nice change for Roma.
In his concept, Arauz applies the classic single-button collar and thick sleeve trims we have seen on previous Umbro shirts. This design works especially well on the blue and orange third kit, as do the reflective patterns on the shirt. It’s an outside choice, but it is always nice to see new collaborations in the football shirt world.
Despite the huge number of options, my preference would be for Roma to collaborate with Puma moving forward. The German brand have put out some stunning shirts this year for Dortmund, Maseille and PSV, and so the hope would be that they can continue that run with Roma.
Part of these designs for 2020-21 have included bold printed patterns on the shirts, and Cenk Ünal has channelled that in his concept. The spiralling pattern coming from the club crest is a great effect, making use of differing shades of the club’s iconic maroon colour.Whether inspired by the decaying Colosseum in Rome, or the shape of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the pattern looks great in Roma’s colours.
What brand do you want to see at Roma next season?
Truthfully, it is hard to go too wrong with a Roma shirt, given it’s traditional look, but the club’s willingness to modernise some designs. So whoever follows on from Nike in 2021-22 has a lot to work with, and if we get anything close to some of these designs then we will be on to a winner!
Which concept design caught your eye? And what brand would you like to see Roma team up with next? Tell us in the comments below!