With new owners at the helm for over a year and the club’s still shocking selection to take over José Mourinho as its new manager, Roma are entering an era of almost unprecedented change. From the discussion points at the club to the training regime and the tactical approach of Mourinho, almost everything I knew and loved about the Roma since 24 months ago is changing. And this transition period extends even to the shirts on the back.
After the premature conclusion of their pact with Nike, Rome entertained several sports suitors before settling on the Massachusetts manufacturer New Balance. While traditionally associated with running and athletics, New Balance has made steady progress in the world’s most popular sport, equipping clubs such as Porto, Lille and Liverpool in recent seasons.
However, with the signing of Liverpool by Nike last year, New Balance needed a new client with titles, one with enough historical cache to give some credence to their still-climbing football ladder.
While the club has not yet officially released any of the four reported shirts that New Balance has designed for next season, the teams have worked their magic again, evoking Rome’s new home shirt from the air:
So far, you’ve probably seen this image touring online. If this turns out to be Real McCoy, then New Balance has decided to play it safe with their first home shirt, but you’ll notice a new main sponsor on the face: digitalbits, a blockchain company that makes products they need to explain to anyone 25 years of age.
We have been waiting and waiting for these kit leaks for months, so while we wait for the official confirmation, what do we think about this “leaked” version?