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For the eighth consecutive year Palermo launched the new kits made by Lotto Sport Italia. The multi-annual cooperation which will last until 2010 says the Italian "Technical Sponsor and Official Supplier" of Palermo will provide the next season 2008/2009, clothing and accessories for matches, training and leisure from the first team to youth.

Palermo originally played with red and blue as its official colours since its foundation in 1898, but decided to switch to the current choice of pink and black on February 27, 1907, contemporarily to the change of denomination to Palermo Foot-Ball Club.

The colours' choice were suggested by count Giuseppe Airoldi, a prominent founding member of the club. In a letter Airoldi wrote on February 2, 1905 to club councillor Joseph Whitaker, he defined pink and black as "colours of the sad and the sweet", a choice he asserted to be a good fit for a team characterized by "results as up and down as a Swiss clock", noting also the fact that red and blue were a widely diffuse choice of colours at the time.

The club had to wait for the new jerseys for three months, because no pink flannel was available in Palermo, forcing the appointed tailoring company to import it from England. The new shirts were first worn in a match against Sir Thomas Lipton's crew team; the match ended in a 2-1 win for Palermo. From 1936 to 1940 the team played in red and yellow jerseys due to an imposition by the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, red and yellow being the official colours of the municipality of Palermo. When the club was refounded in 1941 following a merger with Juventina Palermo, they started dressing light blue shirt on the pitch, switching to the more popular pink and black one year later.

The choice of pink and black as official colours for a football club is still unique today, as Palermo appears to be the only top-flight football team to use these official colours.

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Comments (15)

  1. fsc

Lotto should be forbidden to make football kits. What\'s going on with these horrible lotto badges on the sleeves?

 
  1. fsc

Imagine the home and the 3rd shirts without the lotto badges on the sleeves and just the lotto logo (without the letters and the black box) on the the right chest, IMO they\'ll look better coz I like the new design. 2nd shirt is terrible

 
  1. Francesco

1/5<br /><br />Very bad shirts.<br /><br />I don\'t think I\'ve ever seen a shirt as ugly as the away one.<br />What does that shirt template means?<br />Horrible.<br /><br />Gold trims are horrible too,as gold and pink clash each other.<br /><br />I also think that pink and black shirt\'s templates, are \'\'inspired\'\' to Diadora last year ones..like Napoli\'s or Hannover96\'s or Valenciennes\'.. with those lines coming down from the shoulders,to the back side of the shirt..<br />and furthermore Lotto adds elements like the panels on the sleeves that make the shirts uglier and uglier..<br /><br />Worst shirts seen so far

 
  1. fsc

I bet that white and pink number is flat-ter-ring. They say never to wear asymetrical 45 degree curling hoops if you\'re carrying a bit of extra pre-season holiday weight.<br /><br />You need to be uber-qualified to become a football kit designer and this is what they come up with!

 
  1. Harun

The away one is...awfull.

 
  1. fsc

I\'ve always lik Palermo\'s previous jersey colors..but nt this batch..too light a pink for me..home pink & away white\'s color scheme is too similar..

 
  1. larkhall bear

lotto should be burnt at the stake for this! :-x

 
  1. fsc

As a newbie, i must say: pink in Italy means the color of the victourious...Juventus first kit was pink...Not a bad kit, but there are better on calcio.Fiorentina and Roma are the best.

 
  1. fsc

that away top is disgusting<br /><br />when are lotto goin to get rid of those minging, oversized patches on the sleeves

 
  1. Sion

YUK!<br /><br />the away looks like a chav T-Shirt.....

 
  1. fsc

Peruvian football team Sport Boys Asociation has the same colours as Palermo. The italians are not the only ones wearing this colour

 
  1. fsc

poor palermo players. & fans.

 
  1. danwho

Home = 5<br /><br />Away = 1<br /><br />Third = 5<br /><br />History of this club and its recent history is interesting to me. Their shirts are great, however lotto need to step up or face going the way of sportswear morgue!<br /><br />Hi-Tec, Spall, Matchwinner, Lotto!

 
  1. fsc

that away is as bad as any kit ive ever seen! why have the same template on home and 3rd and not away :S

 
  1. fsc

the away one is ugly.<br /><br />but i love palermo for their team colors. absolutly unique. or do you know a second team in pink?

 
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