Sporting 22-23 Third Kit Shares Graphic Pattern With Old FC Augsburg Kit
A few days ago, Sporting officially launched their new 2022-23 third shirt. However, it is not new at all, but relies on a "recycled" graphic pattern, which was used a year ago. Let us find out what this is all about below.
Sporting 2022-23 Third Kit Vs FC Augsburg 2021-22 Away Jersey
Mainly white, the Nike Sporting Lisbon 2022-2023 third shirt combines this clean base colour with a grey all-over graphic pattern resembling a chess board.
FC Augsburg's 21-22 away kit is almost completely identical. It is also white with the exact same grey all-over graphic pattern, while the V-neck and sleeve cuffs are also grey this time around.
Funnily enough, Sporting already "recycled" their new home jersey this season by simply inverting the hoops.
The reason for these repeating graphics among Nike teams is the fact that there is a standard 'B-team template'. A number of graphic options are available, with customizable color combinations to go along with that.
Well-known examples of Nike 'B-teams' include Freiburg, Augsburg, 1860, Salzburg, Young Boys, Birmingham, Huesca, Benevento, Sevilla and Granada (both until 21-22). Of course there are many more, easily identifiable by this template used primarily during the 2021-22 season.
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