Remember these Kappa kits?

By Dylan Withers

ASTON Villa’s official website have announced that Kappa will be the club’s principle partner for the 2019/20 season – so we thought we would take a look at some of the company’s most memorable kits down the years,

Villa have signed a three-year agreement with the Italian sportswear brand that will run until 2022. The deal will provide kit and training wear for the first team as well as the development, junior and Ladies’ teams also.

Reported on Villa’s website, Aston Villa Chief Commercial Officer, Nicola Ibbetson, said:

“I am delighted that Aston Villa have partnered with such a recognisable and iconic brand who have a long-standing reputation for delivering quality, eye-catching performance sportswear. 

“At the forefront of our decision was the key requirement to find a partner that would put design at the heart of the process and do justice to our famous claret and blue colours.

“In addition to collaborating with some of the leading experts in the field of technical sports kit and fashion, we are currently working with Kappa and Fanatics to ensure that all Aston Villa supporters are catered for with a wide range of replica kit and merchandise.”

Kappa have been notorious for making iconic, stylish kits for over 60 years. Here, we look at what can be expected for next season, by looking at some of the best examples of their kits.

Sampdoria 1989-90 (Home Kit)

Football, UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final, Gothenburg, Sweden, 10th May 1990, Sampdoria 2 v Anderlecht 0 (after extra time), The Sampdoria team line-up together for a group photograph prior to the match, Back Row L-R: Moreno Mannini, Gianluca Pagliuca, Srecko Katanec, Amadeo Carboni, Luca Pellegrini, Front Row L-R: Roberto Mancini, Pietro Vierchowod, Giovanni Invernizzi, Giuseppe Dossena, Gianluca Vialli and Fausto Pari (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Kappa have always done a superb job of encompassing the essence of a club in their kits, and this is shown here with this stylish shirt. The bright colours really stand out, with the stripes through the middle adding style to the kit.

Juventus 1990-91 (Home Kit)

Football, UEFA Cup Final, Second Leg, Florence, Italy, 16th May 1990, Fiorentina 0 v Juventus 0 (Juventus win 3-1 on aggregate), The Juventus team pose together for a group photograph, Back Row L-R: Marocchi, Sergei Aleinikov, Nicolo Napoli, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Pascale Bruno, Stefano Tacconi, Front Row L-R: Roberto Galia, Angelo Alessio, Rui Barros, Salvatore Schillachi and Luigi De Agostini (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

Football shirts do not come more instantly recognisable than Juventus’. Kappa were trusted with providing the Italian giants with their kit and they certainly delivered with this classic take on the iconic black and white stripes of The Old Lady.

Real Betis 2001-02 (Home Kit)

21 Apr 2002: Joaquin Sanchez and Joao Tomas of Real Betis celebrate during the Primera Ligam match between Real Betis and Real Sociedad, played at Ruiz de Lopera Stadium, Seville. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Firo Foto/Getty Images

A personal favourite of mine, this kit is a real classic. The famous green and white stripes are the focal point, with the Kappa logo running down the sleeves and the side of the shorts.

Feyenoord 2001-02 (Home Kit)

ROTTERDAM – MAY 8: Portrait of Jon Dahl Tomasson of Feyenoord before the UEFA Cup Final between Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund played at the De Kuip Stadium, in Rotterdam, Holland on May 8, 2002. Feyenoord won the match and cup 3-2. DIGITAL IMAGE. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Paying quick homage to Aston Villa’s triumph in Rotterdam in ’82, this simple kit stands out through its alternating coloured collar, perfectly encapsulating the team’s primary colours.

Napoli 2018-19 (Away Kit)

FERRARA, ITALY – MAY 12: Mario Rui of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Serie A match between Spal and SSC Napoli at Stadio Paolo Mazza on May 12, 2019 in Ferrara, Italy. (Photo by Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Napoli’s away kit this season is really one that has stood out from this year’s candidates. The bright blue seen on the home kit is prominent in the away kit too, standing out against the black pattern. Also, the Kappa logo down the side of the shirt and shorts is a stylish addition.

It appears that Villa are in safe hands with Kappa, as they are a brand that has produced kits for some of the most iconic teams in world football. If they can encompass the traditional feel of the Villa while also adding a bit of Italian style, fans should be excited for the launch of next season’s kit.

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