There is an idea which occasionally surfaces in the music world that whilst the possibilities in songwriting are supposedly endless, limitless and infinite, the great melodies and chord progressions have been used at some point already, and any hit - particularly of guitar-driven genres - will borrow from a predecessor.
This isn't necessarily to suggest plagiarism, certainly not always intentional borrowing from previous songs, but perhaps the melody which comes to a composer in a dream is not constructed in the unconscious mind, rather the emergence of a distant memory unfamiliar to the owner.
Ah, it's horrid. We all know it's horrid, from the board, to the designers, to the manufacturers, to the fans, to the innocent bystanders. As much as the club will claim a "Marmite factor", with as many people loving it as hating it, all good sense tells us it's a catastrophe. But, y'know, we've seen it.
For anyone who has no idea what I'm talking about, earlier this year, the amateur football club Windsor FC launched a new kit, to replace their earlier-released kit this season, and it features Union Flag (Union Jack) stylings, in the colours of the Italian Tricolore flag.
A competition to design kits for Uruguayan club sides may seem incredibly niche, but the small South American country punches above its weight in both football itself and football design.
The two time World Cup-winning nation - not to mention serial top dogs in South America - also gave us the marvelous Todo Sobre Camisetas and a significant amount of DF members.
Ever innovative, this website recently hosted a competition with a twist. Rather than the standard format of entries being uploaded to a category before a closing date and then winners being chosen by the member responsible, this time the comp was a head-to-head knockout tournament, whittling 16 entrants down to one winner by the end and each tie being decided by member vote.
The Asian Champions League theoretical roster provided this new challenge, with teams being picked by members on a first come, first served basis, and renewed in each round. This resulted in a spectacular array of kits, many of which assigned to teams many would be far from familiar with.
Round by round, let's see how it went down...
DesignFootball.com has history with the Copa Libertadores. Last year, DF member matupeco won a competition run by Kappa and Argentine side Tigre to have his fantasy design turned into the club's actual shirt for their tournament debut. They bowed out in the Round of 16 to eventual runners up Olimpia, but their strip was seen by millions. matupeco's strip.
And so a Copa Libertadores competition made sense, and recently came to pass. matupeco featured again - of course he did - but with 11 winners, one for each country involved, the honours were bound to be shared.