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Something new is making its debut today on DesignFootball.com. The kitvote section, with a True Colours feature of the 1992-93 Premier League Home kits.

Illustrated by John Devlin in his trademark style, it’s a collection of designs bound to get the nostalgia juices flowing, with long-missed manufacturers and sponsors as well as wonderful examples of 90s design.

DF member Corinth has provided impatient kit obsessives with an idea of what the 2020-21 AC Milan Puma Home shirt will look like.

Based on leaked information garnered, the design takes a structural template seen in very recent Puma releases, and adds to it a barcode-styled pattern similar to the current West Bromwich Albion throwback shirts.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) launched a range of brand-new logomarks and visual identities for its major national team tournaments - the AFC Asian Qualifiers, AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Asian Cup, AFC U23 Asian Cup, and the hugely popular annual club competitions - the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup.

The new look and feel will be prominently featured across all fan focused touch-points with the AFC competitions in the coming years, from the match venues, to television broadcasts and social media channels.

Has the dust settled yet? Juventus, the Old Lady of Italian football, and Italy’s most successful side domestically, have ditched their famous black and white stripes - bestowed by England’s Notts County, no less - not in favour of their original pink, which may have seemed a logical temporary measure, but to be replaced by black and white halves.

In fairness, there is some pink, in the form of a thin central stripe - just the one, mind - but the cruel demotion of Notts County from the Football League just as the Turin giants look their gift horse in the mouth really is darkly poetic. Light and dark-ly poetic. Chiaroscuro-ly poetic.

Anyway, there’s been a backlash. There’s always a backlash when a team makes a drastic change with their kit. I, however, am not particularly bothered. There are things, of course, because there are always things, but the broad shift I - whisper it - quite like.

You may have noticed that retro kits are pretty de riguer. A little while ago, I recorded a podcast with John Devlin on the subject of re-releases, or reissues, and specified to him that we’d be discussing that complete copy culture specifically - though not without its discrepancies in most cases - and not the - subtly different - trend for new kits that look a lot like previous ones. Cover versions, if you will. And as the global authority on cover versions (even with the spelling mistake, it got me Keane tickets dinnit) I intended to chat to someone - perhaps John - about the latter at a later date. Inadvertently, that later date arrived with our talk about the 2018 World Cup kits.

So let’s start this look at which kits should be revisited in that way - the title didn’t give it away? - with an international example…