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Continuing our roundup of this year's just-for-fun competitions, something we're a little obsessed with on DF is the concept of teams wearing change strips in the colours of their rivals - so here's a comp covering exactly that.

The entries were - surprisingly - a little thin on the ground here.  I have no idea why that was, as the premise certainly allows for plenty of cerebral muscle flexing, but the best things often come in small packages, and that argument can be applied here.

Earlier this year, DF was honoured by something of a celebrity of the kit design world.  Jason Lee, professional sportswear designer, once of adidas, now of hummel, invited the members to design kits for St. Pauli - the cult German football club, as I'm sure anyone reading this is aware - each with the aim to impress him enough that he would declare them a winner.

So far, so DF.  But there was a twist: hummel had just landed the St. Pauli kit contract, and guess who had designed the 2014-15 strips.  Yep, Jason himself.

The first major milestone en route to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was passed on Tuesday evening when the tournament’s Official Emblem was unveiled in Moscow.

When the eagerly-awaited moment of unveiling arrived it was done in spectacular style. Three astronauts at the Russian space station revealed the hotly-anticipated new World Cup Emblem from their space capsule and subsequently the visual icon for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was brought into the television studio to rapturous applause.

 

Arsenal Football Club. For some, "The Pride of (North) London", for others a band of vagabonds mutated into a corporate behemoth with business savvy the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid can but dream of.

And this is Arsenal.  The anachronism.  I won't bore you with an analysis of their idiosyncratic juxtaposition of tradition with forward-thinking marketing nous; I will instead bore you with an attempt to tear apart one of their most treasured kit traditions: The Sleeve Rule™.

Ok, so this competition was run, and was closed, a little while ago now.  Long before the actual new Umbro Everton kit was unveiled, in fact.  And we agree that the real thing is a beaut', but it certainly didn't hurt that we gave it a go as well...

The news that the double diamond was to return to Everton shirts was widely welcomed.  The brief dalliance with Nike - one season of teamwear, one season of reasonably bespoke outfits sullied with an unpopular crest - received a mixed popular and critical response and the ostensibly English company was expected to deliver.  So excited were DF members, that a comp was set up and the entries seemed to nail Umbro's current voice.

The Columbus Crew unveiled its new brand and visual identity at an exclusive event at the LC Pavilion in downtown Columbus. Evolving to Columbus Crew Soccer Club in 2015, Investor-Operator and Chairman Anthony Precourt revealed the club’s new badge at the ceremony alongside Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and the entire Black & Gold roster.

The new Columbus Crew SC brand will be implemented through a few select elements in 2014, including stadium signage, merchandise and digital executions. Full brand implementation will take place at the beginning of 2015. 

Portsmouth FC will be changing their crest on shirts after a survey of fans indicated there was an appetite to do so. 

From the 2015/16 season, the kit – which fans will get a say on next week in a consultative vote – will sport a traditional star and crescent design on a Swiss-shield, based on the highly popular 1912-style crest which was put on the commemorative ‘Pompey Pals’ home shirt this season. 

Major League Soccer is in the midst of a rebranding process, and a big part of that is the launch of the new crest.

The spare design, called the “MLS Crest,” comes in the colors of the U.S. and Canada and features three stars that represent the ideals displayed by the Portland tifo – community, club and country. The diagonal line “captures the fast-paced nature of the game and a league that’s on the rise,” and emerges from the bottom of the shield to “create a little bit of extra energy,” Handler said.


 
America!... Well, you know the song.  And the sentiment rings true, in recent seasons, when discussing the ever more spectacular and exponentially improving MLS.  So, yes, you've guessed it - DF got involved with a just for fun competition!
 
Two new Florida franchises are set to join MLS: Orlando City SC in 2015 and, backed by English and US soccer legend David Beckham, a Miami entity which currently still awaits an offical name (though the ridiculous "Miami Beckham United" shouldn't be discounted).  These two sides will need kits and crests so, as is our wont, we managed to provide them with a whole host of options.