European football is often a good source of mashups and the first week of continental action since the break in play in March brought two notable instances.
Roma’s trip to face Sevilla was originally supposed to take place in March and we had expected a first-ever red-red-white mashup for the giallorossi.
It didn’t come to pass and it technically still hasn’t as Roma wore their new home shirt – albeit with a solid red back so as to allow for clearer number legibility, in line with Uefa regulations – and shorts with the cream socks from their change kit.
With the only white on the home kit being the sponsor and numbers, the mix of that and white isn’t egregious, but unfortunately Rangers did offer up something of a hodge-podge – thanks to Connor (@kitconnorsseur) for making us aware.
They were in Germany to take on Bayer Leverkusen, who are finishing their European campaign in a black home kit, having had red at that outset (we were also wrong in assuming that the red would become the away kit – they have a new red and yellow change strip).
With Uefa not keen on black v blue match-ups, it means that Rangers would wear their new white Castore away shirts for the second time, having premiered them in the 2020-21 league win away to Aberdeen on Sunday.
The shade of blue on the change strip is darker than than the royal blue on the blue and, while navy shorts were worn at Pittodrie they weren’t allowed at the BayArena. However, while there are royal blue alternative home shorts, there is no second white set to hand trimmed in navy, meaning that the home set were called upon.
As it happened, neither mashup fared well – Rangers lost 1-0 with Roma going down 2-0, both sides exiting the competition.