I usually don't get too up in arms about kit leaks—they seem to happen all year round nowadays and you'll never convince me that the clubs aren't complicit in them—but given the absence of actual football, I've found myself searching for kit leaks and kit concepts more than usual. We're lucky that Roma are generally at or near the top of the kit class each year, so we can feel safe in the knowledge that the club won't look foolish in their new strip each year, but you can't help but feel that rush of nervousness every time you click the “Roma Kit's Leaked” links.
If nothing else, kit leaks serve to remind me to reserve judgement. When this year's unis started to leak last spring, my first thought was “wtf is with the lightning bolts!?'" and “oh my god, what is that font!?” However, much to my surprise, I grew to love the look of this year's kits; the lightning bolts were a nice accent to the truer shade of red, while the fonts are, quite simply, one of the most unique in global football—a feature we may lose next year if the rumors of universal fonts coming to Serie A prove true.
Anyway, back to the point—kit leaks! As always, these are courtesy of Footy Headlines, images via IFTV.
The Home Kit
Last week Roma's 2020/21 home kit was leaked by @Footy_Headlines - here's how it's look in action, what we sayin❓— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) March 28, 2020
Some more info & history behind the release:
➡️ It's inspired by their 1979/80 kit
➡️ Expected to be released in May pic.twitter.com/slzLAkiX0g
Ooh, mama. These are DOPE. I don't really buy kits anymore (I've converted to track tops and training gear) but these are so beautiful I might have to jump back into that habit. The use of the clubs primary colors is a nice accent to the more maroon red on the body of the shirt, and even the badge fits great into the three-layer band of colors on the chest.
Here's a more realistic-looking version of them, though it could certainly be digitally created, but you get a more three-dimensional feel for the shirt.
Concept visto su instagram. Pensieri? pic.twitter.com/p7D9gLk27O— FRA (@mortaccivostrj) April 5, 2020
Either way, these will standout on any pitch in the world, so let's hope they're the real deal—look for them to drop in May according to speculation, and if the season ever resumes, perhaps they'll wear them on the final home game, as has become tradition.
Roma's 2020/21 leaked third kit - what we saying?— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) April 1, 2020
or ️ pic.twitter.com/9DRcUGVVhQ
Take everything I just said about the home kits and reverse it. Blah. Hard pass on these ones for me. We've seen the black and orangeish color combo work pretty well in years past (those subtle camo ones from a few years back) but the huge blocks of orange on the shoulders just ruin this for me. There's also a “safari inspired” panel on the ribs that I suppose was inspired by animal prints.
Here is a track top, courtesy of Footy Headlines, that features that same “safari” print.
No full leaks of the away kits have made their way online yet, but they're rumored to have the same cream-white base that we saw back during the 2017-2018 season. So, while we wait, share your thoughts below. Will you be purchasing either of these?