Facing a creative block in football kit design is surely an arduous predicament for designers and admirers alike. Fortunately, some of the former - like Brendan Tennent - find inspiration in close at hand, such as in the alphabet.

Tennent’s “26Kits - Alphabet Jerseys” project is basic in principle - one shirt per letter and each with the same “crest” and “sponsor” - but the imagination employed, and the eschewing of strict adherence to each respective character’s form in favour of flair, gives us two baker’s dozens’ worth of very 2020s designs.

Turkish club football giants Galatasaray have a fascinating kit history, having worn all of the traditional “big four” of football design - adidas, Nike, Puma and Umbro - but what if they had consistently been part of the three-striped stable for the last forty years plus?

Emre Gultekin - an apparel, sportswear and graphic designer with impressive professional club kit credits - has explored this possibility with a gallery of adidas Gala kits stretching from 1978 to 2020.

Based on the very first design used by the club in 1884, this Derby County shirt designed by ONI has brown and light blue halves with an Umbro-inspired double diamond pattern and an amber stripe in the middle.

The sleeves are brown with light blue and amber accents.

From our sister site, DesignFootball.com, something very close to this shirt design may be sported by Milan away from home next 21/22 season.

Uploaded by “yousif fayed”, the beige - or perhaps “ecru” - base is embellished with gold in the form of neat “V”-style neck and cuffs and, most strikingly, a stylised map of the city of Milan which stretches across the entire trunk.

This is Corinth's take on a possible 2021-22 home shirt design for Italian side Internazionale, based on a leaked hoodie design from next season's collection.

The jersey features Inter's nerazzurri colours, but the striped design features a unique snakeskin pattern, possibly a reference to both Milan's fashion industry and the biscione, one of the symbols of Inter and the city of Milan itself.

Home shirt for English side Liverpool FC, created by Corinth.

The shirt is in their traditional red colour, and features a distinctive graphic created by cutting and rearranging parts of the club's crest. On the upper sleeves, liverbird-shaped holes allow for player ventilation and give the jersey a unique look.

Puma recently unveiled three customized FIGC football jerseys in tribute to Italian renaissance art and fashion culture.

The project is a collaboration with custom football jersey designer The Football Gal who has created three bespoke jersey designs to compliment the iconic renaissance patterns used for each of the jerseys.

Earlier this year, Umbro called out to football shirt lovers around the world in a celebration of its many club partners. Fans were offered a chance to have an exclusive shirt designed and created for them by renowned mash-up artists Blood In Blood Out.

Followers were asked to choose their favourite clubs from over 60 different teams and also to explain the story behind their choice. From all submissions, Umbro and Blood In Blood Out carefully chose the 11 best stories and transformed them into unique mash-up shirts.

One of the most beloved Celtic kits of all time is the 2003-04 Umbro example, given the True Colours “in-depth” treatment here.

Released in time for the 2003 Uefa Cup Final, this resulted in the green and white sea in the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville being made up of Celtic fans bedecked with new sponsor Carling’s branding. No matter that NTL’s deal with the Glasgow club hadn’t yet expired and the players themselves wore a one-off version of the following season’s shirt.

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