Today, for each Paris football fan, we will be taking a look at the 2017-2018 battle gear of one of France’s most formidable armies – Paris Saint-Germain. While AS Monaco FC and other local teams have been constantly nipping at their Parisian heels, for over a decade – and arguably longer than that – PSG has been kicking some domestic behind and has now taken their combative ways to the intentional venues. Traditionally armed with Brazilian players and now spearheading both Neymar and Cavani as their weapons of mass destruction, the Paris giants are dying to get their hands on the UEFA’s highest trophy. And this year, they may just do it…
So, what is the club’s current battle disposition? From Trapp in net, through Thiago Silva and Dani Alves in defense, to Krychowiak, Pastore and Di Maria in midfield, the team is serving the ball to two superb strikers – Neymar and Cavani. And they are doing all that in their new Nike battle armour and looking awesome! Let’s then review the PSG kit, shall we?
The official PSG home shirt is – as always – dark blue. That’s not likely to change in the next century or so and we are fine with that. The sleeves are now dark red which goes all the way up the shoulders to the collar that has the French tricolor flag on it with the words “Paris” at the back. The writing is most likely to ensure that should any of the players ever get lost, they will be returned to the French capital, but it has the added bonus of looking quite professional. The red motif is also present in the iconic PSG stripe that runs from the collar to the seam in the middle of the chest. This year, the stripe is thinner and doesn’t have white borders. It is made of small chevrons stacked upon one another. Finally, the large, white letters of the club’s sponsor as well as the Nike hash and club crest round off the design.
If you are a Paris football fan and still don’t have one of the PSG current season shirts, what are you waiting for? The club doesn’t support itself! If you are not a fan, then you must admit that now may be the time to sign up. With a star-studded line-up featuring Neymar and Cavani up front and the team looking awesome in their 2017-18 apparel, it’s hard not to get excited for the Paris giants, if only for one season. The team’s away shirt – the bright yellow one – may make it somewhat difficult to run away unseen from authorities or blend into the walls at parties, but it does have an important meaning. Paris have a standing tradition of seeking out talented Brazilian players for their lineups and the yellow away jersey (which matches the Brazilian national kit in colour) is their way to promote that ideal. This year, following to their historic signings of Ronaldinho, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Rai and Lucas Moura they acquired Neymar Jr for their starting eleven, increasing the team’s domestic and international potential with another member of the Seleção.
No club would ever be complete without their third apparel. For PSG, their colour of choice is black. The outfit is entirely monochrome, with the exception of all the embellishments (shoulder stripe, club crest, sponsor and the Nike logo). That’s quite a departure from last season’s all white third kit. We’d like to think this is due to PSG’s shift to the dark side of the Force, but the real reason is probably much more mundane. Regardless, the closer inspection of the shirt will reveal that the fabric hides a camouflage pattern in its dark finish, the words “PARIS” are written across the lower back and the club’s crest and the shoulder stripes are actually metallic silver, instead of white. The design is reputed to take inspiration from the Eiffel Tower, although one may need a drink or two before such a resemblance becomes apparent. Still, the black version of PSG shirt is a definite hit and it does well as streetwear. It will undoubtedly intimidate quite a few opponents this season.
Important to Know for Each Paris Football Fan!
For a Paris football fan interested in showing his or her allegiance to the club it must be noted that the official PSG shirt comes in two varieties – Nike Vapor Match and Nike Vapor Stadium, both available to fans. For an in-depth comparison of the two styles you can check here, but basically the Match variant is exactly what the PSG players wear on the pitch. It’s tight fitting, so if your body doesn’t resemble a 20-something year old professional athlete, it may look a bit off, but it does provide the closest experience to the real thing. The alternative is the Stadium shirt variant, that is very similar to the Match one with just some small alterations around the collar and the sleeves. It doesn’t feature the AeroSwift technology, but it does come with Dri-FIT. Most importantly, however, it is looser fitting and a bit more forgiving to those who are more accustomed to watching football rather than playing it. It is also easier on the wallet.
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What Do You Think?
How do you rate PSG chances this year? The team surely feels impressive – at least on paper – and it certainly looks the part. Do you think this may be the year of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League?