The AC Milan men’s and women’s senior teams debuted their 2021/22 PUMA home kit during their Italian Serie A fixtures this past weekend. The new jersey was unveiled last week using the ‘Move Like Milan’ theme that celebrates the city of Milan’s rapid acceleration of the city’s culture as Milan reinvents itself. Here is our World Exclusive look at the fan replica version of the shirt.
Design and Details
AC Milan’s red and black striped jerseys are the stuff of legend given the storied one hundred and twenty two year history of I Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks) in Italian domestic and European competition.
PUMA’s designers have worked the stripes into the jersey in a clever manner by placing the black stripes on the jersey in three different widths on its front and back. The red stripes in between the black stripes are of equal width to create symmetry on the shirt. The result is a modern, refreshing look that sees AC Milan in primary jerseys in which all of the stripes are not of the same thickness for the first time since 2014 and just the second time in recent memory.
The AC Milan 2021/22 PUMA home kit carries a bit more red than most of the club’s primary shirt of the last decade. However side and underarm panels ensure that the team’s black is well-represented on the jersey. They are also quite functional for body cooling since they are made of a lightweight mesh fabric.
The fan replica version of the new AC Milan shirt features the tried and tested soccer jersey ribbed v-neck. This gives the kit a brilliant look for all around wear versus the trimless, relatively low v-neck used for the player issued version of the shirt.
The famous AC Milan crest is embroidered on the left breast with the iconic PUMA Cat logo embroidered on the right chest and shouldered. The combination is clean and well-done and blends well with the overall look of the jersey.
PUMA has used a relatively shiny fabric made out of recycled plastic bottles for the AC Milan 2021/22 home kit. Small hexagons that are key elements of the sportswear firm’s dryCELL cooling technology are present within the material. The glossy look created is visually appealing in that it emphasizes the colors and stripes of the shirt quite well. It always creates a classic soccer jersey vibe not present in flat fabric finishes.
The AC Milan motto of “SEMPRE MILAN” (Always Milan) is printed in red and black on the outside upper back of the 21/22 home kit to complete the design with a nod to the club’s heritage and fans.
The only shirt sponsor logo on the AC Milan 2021/22 PUMA home jersey is that of Emirates Airlines on the front. The white print messaging is unobtrusive and relatively subtle. This is quite a relief in an era in which sleeve and back sponsors keep popping up on football kits of some of the biggest clubs in the world. Thankfully, AC Milan has stuck with just a single shirt sponsor even though Serie A allows a host of them throughout the jerseys of its participating teams.
Fit and Feel
The AC Milan 2021/22 PUMA home jersey carries a true to size fit. It does have a slimmer fitting silhouette in line with current men’s tops trends. This will show off your fitness level if you have an athletic and muscular physique. If you’re on the softer side then consider going a size up for the replica version of the shirt.
The fabric feel of the kit is soft and comfortable. The shirt is one that you can wear all day for any casual or athletic activity. It also dissipates sweat extremely well because of the PUMA dryCell thermoregulation technology used.
PUMA’s designers have done a fantastic job for what is the fifth AC Milan home kit from the firm. The new look stripes of the Rossoneri’s 2021/22 primary jersey is well-incorporated into an eye-catching v-neck affair to create a memorable kit that’s a must for any AC Milan fan or shirt collector.