Due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy and the restart not getting going until the early days of June 2020, we were forced to readjust our internal schedules as to when next season’s Juventus kit was going to be released during that current season. Rather than having it for the final days of May, the return of the stripes happened in late-July, with another Scudetto party happening in a new kit but this time without fans in the stands.
We only have to wait until mid-May this year.
But while there may stripes again this year, there’s also something notably missing (at least for the Juventus men next season).
Juventus officially launched their 2021-22 home kit on Tuesday morning, with the return of 100 percent solid stripes after a year of paintbrush-like touches following up a year of no stripes at all. The new kit, which will make its debut in Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia final against Atalanta, has a nod to the 10th year of Allianz Stadium being open next season on the inside of the collar as well as, according to the official announcement on Juventus.com, being “made with PRIMEGREEN, a series of high-performance recycled materials that places sustainability at the centre of innovation.”
No Scudetto patch on Weston and the crew, but that’s a jersey I can get behind. (But, to be fair, they didn’t have the Scudetto patch on the jerseys when they launched them last summer, so there’s that.)
As much as the rollout was about the paintbrushes and the return of the stripes, this year’s release was relatively low key. Maybe that is because of everything going on and the fact that there won’t be a Scudetto patch (for the men) or bold aspect of the kit as compared to what was going on last summer. (Although last summer was its own unique beast which I never hope to see ever again.)
Just a solid, no-frills kit from a supplier that has made things rather interesting during Juventus’ time with them. It will surely be a little odd to see the Scudetto patch on there for two games and then see it not there for all of next season, but that’s what happens when you release your new kit early as compared to over the summer. But that’s just what happens when you’re in the position Juventus is currently in — which, as of right now, doesn’t even know if there’s going to be a Champions League or Europa League patch sewn onto the sleeve in a few months or not.