Global sports company PUMA has today launched the 2022/23 Manchester City home kit, inspired by the entertaining City teams of the late 1960’s and one of their leaders and club icon Colin Bell.
From 1967 to 1971, no team could match the style and swagger of Manchester City. Their pass-and-move, end-to-end attacking football was ahead of its time. City went on to win every domestic title and top it off with the European Cup Winners’ Cup. They did so in a way that, half a century on, inspires the new generation of players as they continue to push boundaries at home and in Europe.
Sitting among the pantheon of extraordinary footballers that have graced the Manchester City team is Colin Bell. One of City’s greatest ever players, Bell was inspirational for the club. In 1967 he led the team to their first league title in 31 years. Inspired by kits worn in Bell’s era, the new Home kit pays tribute to him as one of Manchester City’s biggest icons. Here, there, everywhere Bell was a fan favorite for his incredible athleticism and limitless stamina. He was the heart of the side.
The Man City 22/23 home kit echoes the classic designs of the past, placing the club crest at the center of the light blue jersey with signature maroon trims on the sleeve cuffs. The crown logo placed inside the neckline pays tribute to “Colin the King”.
“The new Manchester Home kit is a fitting tribute to classic City Home kits styles of the past. We wanted to create a modern spin on the jerseys worn between 1967 to 1971,” said Marco Mueller, Senior Head of Product Line Management Teamsport Apparel. “The maroon trim was an important detail because this was an iconic color seen on many of the previous City Home kits. The jersey is a great homage to the entertaining teams of old and the exciting free-flowing football of the current City team.”
Jon Bell, Colin’s son, said, “As a family, we’re incredibly touched that the club and PUMA have chosen to remember the teams of the late 1960’s and my dad with next season’s Home kit – it’s a beautiful gesture. It really captures the history and togetherness of Manchester City as a club, and I hope the fans like it and can remember those great moments.”
The Manchester City 2022/23 home jersey arrives in two iterations. The authentic jersey features ULTRAWEAVE performance fabric and dryCELL sweat-wicking technology, making the jersey the lightest and most comfortable PUMA has ever made. The Replica version is made with 100% recycled polyester with dryCELL sweat-wicking technology to keep you dry and comfortable throughout the 90 minutes and beyond – no matter the time, pitch or place.