Last summer the world waited with baited breath for the unveiling of the first offspring from the Roma and Nike matrimony. Sure, they didn't garner quite as much press as the latest additions to the British Crown, but they did open to rave reviews from nearly every corner of the footballing globe. Roma's traditional Giallorossi was adorned atop an understated, sponsorless, collared shirt. The results on the field didn't always measure up, but Roma's aesthetic appeal was second to none.
We've been so busy coping with Roma's monumentally disappointing season and debating what needs to be done to get the club over the proverbial hump, that the anticipation for the second installment in the Roma-Nike relationship has been a bit muted, so you'll have to excuse the timeliness of this post.
But here they are, Roma's home kits for next season, which, as of right now, remain senza sponsor. As you can see, the club opted for Roman triumvirate of Francesco Totti, Daniele De Rossi, and Alessandro Florenzi, along with Kostas Manolas, to be the respective faces (and bodies, I guess) for this new debut. We can only hope that mohawked fellow makes a few appearances in this shirt.
Exclusive: #ASRoma unveil new Nike home kit for 2015-16 season http://t.co/WSJhavoYut pic.twitter.com/XVpsEbh2Ic— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) June 9, 2015
Pre-order the new #ASRoma 2015-16 Nike home kit http://t.co/vROZSTiChj pic.twitter.com/wDN6atdI8w— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) June 9, 2015
For the rationale behind the designs, we'll turn to the club themselves:
AS Roma have unveiled their new Nike home kit for the 2015-16 season with powerful inspiration drawn from the Italian capital...Taking inspiration from the armour worn by Roman soldiers, the new home kit is designed to create a powerful look on the pitch. The team will emerge from the tunnel dressed for battle, ready to perform as a legion and illustrate the strength rooted in their commitment to the collective.
For the first time, the numbers on the back of the new AS Roma shirt contain a graphic print tribute to the Italian capital's heralded architectural wonders, ancient streets and vibrant neighborhoods, illustrating the strong bond between the club, the city and the fans
I'm on the fence about these ones, they still look a bit like practice tops, but the official release and the video below shed a better light on them, but will these be the shirts in which Roma celebrates their fourth Scudetto?