UPDATE: All Nike 2020 Japanese J League Kits ARE Recycled / The Same - Here Is Why

Sunday, 12 January 2020
Update: Completing their line-up for the Japanese J1 League, Nike has now also released the new Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2020 home kit. Like the home jerseys of Kashima Antlers and Urawa Red Diamonds, it does not really feature a bespoke design - it has the same graphic pattern as the jersey of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

These days, Nike has revealed their new 2020 kits for their sponsored Japanese J1 League teams - Kashima Antlers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Red Diamonds. However, the new kits for the three teams are not really one-of-a-kind.

Kashima Antlers 2020 Home & Away Kits Released: Same "Boring" Away

Nike Urawa Red Diamonds 2020 Home & Away Kits Released

Nike 2020 J1 League Kit Designs Taken From Other Clubs

The 2020 home kit of Urawa Reds from Nike boasts a diamond design, while the Kashima Antlers 2020 home kit boasts a Sash look in the club's different colors. Those designs, however, are not unique. Instead, the Urawa Reds has the same pattern as the Zenit 19-20 home jersey, while the Kashima Antlers jersey design is taken from the SC Internacional 19-20 away kit. The Sanfrecce Hiroshima kit has the pattern of the RB Leipzig 19-20 home kit.

Nike J1 League 2020 Away Kits Inspired By Japan & 2020 Tokyo Olympics

It is very obvious that the Nike 2020 away kits for Kashima Antlers, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Red Diamonds are identical except the logos - they are all white with red applications, combined with red shorts and socks. There is a reason for that, as revealed by Nike.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Nike unites the three clubs by giving them the same away kit with the colors of the Japanese flag. Inside the collar is the the flag of Japan to round off the look.

Nike did not say why the home kits have the designs of Zenit, Leipzig and SC Internacional (it is nothing unusual that Nike recycles designs).

Kashima Antlers

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Urawa Red Diamonds

What do you think of the Nike 2020 J1 League jerseys? Do you like the streamlined look? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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