Serie A 1990-91, Part 5

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It has perhaps taken us longer than we expected to chart the kits of the 1990-91 Serie A season, but here is the final instalment of what we feel is the best collection of strips in a single season.

Like Cagliari and Lazio, Parma had a longish association with Umbro, though we don’t recall seeing this sleeve style in many other quarters. We will admit that the yellow shorts and socks on the home kit strike a bit of a bum note but all-white was worn on occasion too and would become the primary look for 1991-92 and the remainder of their time with the English manufacturer.

Pisa were the third side in the top division this season to sport black and blue stripes. However, while Atalanta came upon the look as a result of a merger, Pisa’s choice was in homage to the more famous Inter, in honour of the Milan club’s 1910 title win.

Made by the little-known Gems, the home featured a strange repeating symbol on the wider blue side panels, while the away had a geometric pattern which wasn’t awful. Sponsor Giocheria is a chain of toyshops, as far as we can make out.

We have something of a soft spot for Roma, so it’s hardly surprising that classy Ennerre kits such as these meet our approval. Interestingly, they had two white away kits – one following the style of the home and the other taking its cues from Napoli’s cup strip.

An early prototype of the away had the colours arranged as on Atalanta’s, the ‘homage’ to the style adidas gave to West Germany.

The 1990-91 season is obviously fondly remembered in Genoa, as Sampdoria won their first and still only Scudetto. Japanese kit-maker Asics got lucky as this was the company’s first season with the contract, having taken over from Kappa. Samp’s kits have always been favourites of ours – we’d recommend this book if you’re of a similar leaning – and these ticked the boxes.

Perhaps surprisingly, this was the first time that the away strip had the same horizontal stripes as the home – previously, they had been arranged vertically or in a sash.

Like Fiorentina, Torino had an ABM kit and, apart from the clashing red on their logo and that of sponsors Indesit, it’s hard to fault it. Plain perhaps, but the simplicity of so many kits is why we rate this season so highly.

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