Why Some Nike Teams Wear Old And Other New Kits In UEFA Champions & Europa League Return

Thursday, 13 August 2020
Yesterday evening, Paris Saint-Germain faced Atalanta Bergamo in the quarter final of the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League final tournament in Lisbon. Unlike some might expected, the Parisians were not wearing their 2020-2021 kit but their 2019-20 third kit - similar as FC Barcelona, who were wearing their old 2019-20 home kit. Let us find out why some Nike teams are wearing their old and others their new kit.

Nike Certainly Wants Teams To Wear 2019-20 Kits

While there is no official announcement by clubs and their supplier regarding their choice of kit, unofficial information says that Nike does want teams to wear their 2019-20 kits in the 2019-20 tournament.

There is no official announcement regarding the choice of kitsNike teams who did not wear their 2020-2021 jerseys are FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan - the brand's biggest and most important teams.

However, there are some Nike teams that already wore their 2020-2021 jerseys, most notably AS Roma and Chelsea. There are special reasons for that.

Chelsea Announce '3' Sponsor Deal

Chelsea signed a deal with Three valid from July 1 2020, replacing Yokohama - they have been wearing the new kit for more than a month now.

Roma Cancels Nike Deal - 20-21 Kits Last to be Made by the Brand

AS Roma's partnership with Nike is over after this season - the club is rather free in their choice....

In fact, Nike also allowed Liverpool FC to finish their season in New Balance jerseys, despite usually already having a contract with the Red beginning in June the latest. The start of the Nike Liverpool FC kit deal was postponed to August 1 2020.

Watch out for the kits of Nike-sponsored RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid in today's second Champions League 2019-2020 quarter final match - we expect Atletico to wear their old away and Leipzig to wear their new home kit as home team.

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