PUMA’s latest Manchester City capsule celebrates the soccer club’s 125th anniversary and draws on the history for inspiration. It was also launched just before the 125th anniversary of the first game that Manchester City played (vs Bury in 1 September 1894).
The jersey was designed in collaboration with Man City fans who were able to vote for their preferred crest, positioning and tone as well as a club symbol and commemorative text.
The light blue kit with white trim is influenced by the kit from the early 70s, but also features touches specially added for the anniversary such as an image of the founding document printed inside the neckline as well as the 125th year embroidered in gold.
The collection’s design is especially inspired by the club’s founding document, which was signed by Joshua Parlby who played a huge role in starting the Manchester City Football Club, which is a club with the community at heart, says PUMA.
Another special feature is that there’s no sponsorship on the shirt, which was made possible through the support of Etihad Airways, the Club’s principal partner, and Nexen Tire, sleeve partner.
PUMA has also created a special design of the ROMA lightweight training shoe, ROMA X MAN CITY, for the celebrations. The colour scheme of light grey, black and lightblue creates a fresh, retro-inspired look. The club badge also features in light blue on the tongue label.
Additionally, there’s also an off-field collection, which includes a fan t-shirt, the T7 track jacket, a cap, ball and scarf accessories. These are embellished with commemorative text.
Pay homage to the present and the past
For the launch, PUMA also created a series of portraits to celebrate current and past Manchester City greats, to recognize and celebrate all the representative teams at the club. Among these are legends Mike Summerbee and Shaun Goater, first team players David Silva and Gemma Bonner and academy prospects Jeremie Frimpong, Joel Latibeaudiere and Jess Park.
They also featured representatives from the club’s community programme, City in the Community, which uses the power of football to enhance the lives of young people in Manchester.