Florent Balmont, Ryan Mendes, Sébastien Corchia, Franck Béria and Pape Souare proudly presented the Lille OSC home and away kits for the 2014/15 season on the Lille training ground earlier this week.
According to Nike the kits are inspired by the club’s illustrious past and reflective of their bright future in the French League (Ligue 1).
Between 1944 and 1955, Lille was one of France’s most successful clubs and enjoyed what they still hail as “The Glorious Decade.” During this era, Lille dominated the French Division 1 league in 1946 and 1954, and won the Coupe de France five times in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953 and 1955.
To honor the trophy-laden Glorious Decade, Lille’s new home kit is inspired by the designs worn by teams during the era, featuring bold chevron patterns on the chest.
The new home shirt is a modern classic design; it features a bright red triangle around the neck and upper chest, a tonal red chevron across the middle of the chest paying homage to ‘The Glorious Decade,” while the bottom of the shirt cascades into a darker red.
The shirt’s collar is a blue constructed V-neck with a ribbed section at the back and a trim at the front.
A pennant tab featuring the Fleur-de-lis from the club’s crest can be found inside the neck of the shirt.
The new home shorts are blue with a thin red stripe on each side. The new home socks are blue with a wide red stripe of chevrons on the back.
The new away kit boldly features the yellow and black of the Flanders flag as a symbol of regional pride for the French Flanders area of northern France next to the Belgian border.
The new shirt has a vibrant yellow body and boasts a stylish black-ribbed polo neck collar with a placket featuring a single black button, and high black cuffs on the sleeves.
Similar to the home shirt, a pennant tab featuring the Fleur-de-lis from the club’s crest can be found inside the neck of the shirt.
The new away shorts are black with a thin yellow stripe on each side. The new away socks are yellow with a black band at the top and a wide black stripe of chevrons on the back.