Real Madrid’s black 2022-23 third kit inspired by the magic of the Bernabeu

Real Madrid have completed their 2022-23 collection with a new third kit, designed to pay homage to the Bernabeu’s changing face as the major renovation of the club’s famous old stadium continues throughout the season.

The kit is predominantly black with a vibrant lime trim that is said to reflect the colors of the stadium on a European match night – the black represents the evening sky over Madrid and the bright green represents the illuminated pitch.

The rippled graphic on the jersey then highlights the modern waves and lines of the revised Bernabeu architecture that shine in the dark, with metallic crest and badges completing the shimmering nighttime look.

Real Madrid will wear the new kit for the first time in LaLiga against Celta Vigo on Saturday (Live stream on ESPN+ in the US Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET.)


Elsewhere in Europe, some top clubs have proven to their contemporaries that it is still possible today to launch a smart, understated and desirable third kit, but others have gone a bit wild with their choices. You decide.

Making pink look good is a challenge, but Arsenal have used the heraldic ‘ermine’ pattern found on their historic club crest as a starting point and released a beautiful blush pastel colored third shirt.

Inspired by the color of playing cards (yes, seriously!), Bayern’s new black stripe is accented by a contrasting, monotonous red border. Exquisitely cuddly, the Bayern changing room certainly shimmers atmospherically in the floodlights and is a trump card on European nights.

In fairness, Spurs’ new blue and navy design is an improvement over their really, really terrible purple third kit from last season, but that really is the definition of condemning it with faint praise. Hypnotic for the wrong reasons.

The shirt is meant to resemble the famous Mancunian worker bee, but that doesn’t explain why City also factored an aggressive fluorescent hue of yellow and black stripes into the equation with a “spray paint” effect.

Manchester United

Manchester United’s efforts are unlikely to make their rivals green with envy. The kit is said to be directly inspired by 1990s fashion culture, although there are also elements of Manchester United’s ‘graphic identity’, represented in the all-over geometric print pattern.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s also the color of a particularly venomous Amazon tree frog. No wonder Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t make himself smile after being busy modeling the heinous thing.

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Emma Bowman

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