Verdict: Leaked Juventus Third Kit For 22/23 Season Screams Canada

After producing a disappointing collection of kits for Juventus last year, it looks like Adidas have made amends this time by producing some eye-catchy shirts for the upcoming season.

The 2021-22 campaign saw Juventus sport an extremely bland black and white striped home kit that was clubbed with a plain black away kit. Owing to the poor designs, they drew heavy criticism from supporters of the Bianconeri.

Now, these uninspiring designs have been replaced by the stunning new home and away strips which parade creative designs. Furthermore, apart from the fresh looks, fans have also appreciated Adidas for opting to use experimental patterns and artworks for the kits of the Old Lady.

The home kit has for the first time ditched the traditional black and white vertical stripes and has used a zig-zag pattern infused with designs of lightning instead. As for the away kit, Adidas have also collaborated with other designers from the larger fashion industry to produce remixed versions of the black away kit as well.

With the two new primary kits having won over fans, the designer would have been hoping for a clean sweep by delivering attractive products for the third kit as well. After last year’s disastrous yellow and white design which almost resembled the look of a beach volleyball, fans would have been expecting a major overhaul for this year’s third shirt.

Following two direct hits with the home and away shirts, Adidas have introduced a garish design in pink and blue, dominated by an abstract graphic pattern that appears to resemble a Canadian maple leaf.

Going by the leaked image, the third kit will feature a pattern resembling the red Canadian maple leaf which has been used in almost all of the nation’s kits across different sports.

The Team Canada kit for 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Being the country’s national symbol, it is only natural that its sports teams represent designs based on the leaf. But why it has been used for a Juventus kit appears to have bamboozled football fans.

Having said that, this upcoming kit is certainly an upgrade from last season’s horror design. Apart from the pink leafy pattern, the kit also sports white horizontal stripes on the shoulder and features blue sleeve ends for both the collar and the arms.  

While the kit certainly contains similarities with the Canadian designs, any direct connection or collaboration between the two seems unlikely. Moreover, as kit designers have over the years used the third shirt as a platform for experimental and at times even outrageous designs, it looks like Adidas have followed the same principle with this Juventus kit as well.

While Juventus fans have returned a mixed reaction to this leaked third kit so far, perhaps success on the pitch for the Italian club would surely convince them to embrace it as a memorable kit.