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Having chatted to fantasy kit designer cum amateur kit designer cum part-time kit designer Martin Le Roy in Episode 2, and full-on, pro kit designer Jason Lee in Episode 6, we thought we'd find the middle ground...

Handily, that middle ground is Irving Perez, who, as you may be aware, is a DesignFootball.com member who uploads handdrawn designs as irvingperceni. Or, at least, he did, until he was scouted by Romai Sports and ended up designing the current Jamaica kits!

Italia '90 was an incredible tournament, in both senses of the word. An African team - Cameroon - made the quarter-finals, inspired by a 38-year-old supersub striker; Ireland did too, without winning a single game; and England reached the semi-finals, eventually finishing fourth, after being inspired by a Mars bar-chomping Geordie unfazed by his crash landing on the world stage.

Incredible. But after any upheaval, life should return to normal. In a repeat of the 1986 final, the trophy match was played between West Germany and Argentina, after the latter were helped along with a handball from Diego Maradona. Incredible four years earlier, but no longer.

A popular genre in this website's galleries, Major League Soccer is perhaps not talked about enough in Europe (that's where I am, innit). US football, or soccer, has progressed to the point that the USMNT are one of the planet's top international sides, and the North American club game is improving nicely also. As, it has to be remarked, are the kits.

I discussed the evolution of MLS kits with Austin Long from the Soccer Nomad blog.

Rugby. Love it or hate it, since turning pro, those rugger buggers (probably not politically correct. We're not sure why, though) have demonstrated a knack of leading and following, following and leading, football, when it comes to design. So, well, podcast, no?

I chatted to sports journalist Denis Hurley (again) about the relationship and contradictions between rugby and football, and we annoyed each other, and we bickered. Check it out below.

So, hot on the heels of Podcast 5 - on football kit sponsorship, with John Devlin - we thought we'd approach the next installment a little differently, with a public service bent.

Jason Lee has been a friend of the site for many years, helping out with a hugely popular FC St Pauli competition, and many reading this will be aware that he has a distinguished pedigree, having worked as an apparel (read "kit") designer with both adidas and hummel (now freelance). We simply had to get him on.

2015 was a fantastic year for just-for-fun competitions, with several of the early ones already documented on this blog. Here, in addition, is a roundup of many of the others which got members excited last year, both in the context of kit designs and crest reboots. Some have winners listed and some petered out or were affected by technical issues experienced by the site and consequently were never closed off. Regardless of lack of closure, if you will, the content is remarkable.

Los Angeles FC, slated to join MLS for the 2018 season, revealed their official crest and club colors in a press conference at Union Station in Los Angeles.

The crest was developed and designed by Spark International co-founder Thai Nguyen and the creative team of Tue Nguyen and Matthew Wolff.

Over Christmas, I referred to the Three Wise Men. They were, in no order other than chronological, John Devlin, Martin Le Roy and Denis Hurley. If you click their names, you'll find that each had their own podcast, or Christmas Lecture, if you will.

Well, there are more wise men. I aim to chat to plenty more, in fact, and wise people in general - gender is certainly no obstacle for anyone who aspires (?) to appear on The DesignFootball.com Podcast.

It’s been three years since I wrote one of these - three years - which is both lazy and stupid, as they are certainly the most popular thing I do. It’s time, hundreds of thousands of people would seemingly agree, that I wrote another.
 
So here it is, a look back at what happened in the football design world in 2015, and perhaps further back, with a little comparison with my predictions for - ahem - 2013, where applicable. And, then, thoughts turning to what might occur in the year about to be upon us. Here goes…