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.
The famous red and yellow stylings are immediately recognisable, but there are also injections of variety and twists on what the side actually wore in that period - even when they were indeed partnered with said German behemoth.
Emre clearly likes central horizontal banding - a feature all the Away kits, albeit changed up as the brand modernises - while the Liverpool-echoing 1992 “Equipment” Third delivers a simple nod to the national side’s colours, mirroring something reality has blessed us with on occasion.
As time moves on, the kits get more adventurous, but Emre ensures his respect for the Galatasaray identity is never sullied. Our loss of the other manufacturers’ output - and several classics from adidas themselves - in this alternate reality is far from negligible but, as the Museum of Jerseys has equally demonstrated for years, sometimes it’s fun to pretend.