Today’s request comes from Giacomino Juventino – inspired by Simon Treanor’s series imagining a world where Liverpool stayed with adidas, he had an idea for something similar with Juventus and Kappa.
The Bianconeri wore kit made by their fellow Turinese from 1978-2000 and, while today’s entry won’t cover the 22 years since, it will get the ball rolling. The year 2000 was a pivotal one for Kappa with the launch of their Kombat range while Juventus went a bit off-piste with their replacements.
Though the new strips were produced by Lotto, the Montebelluna firm’s name didn’t appear – instead the area for the maker’s logo was acquired by Ciaoweb, a short-lived web portal started up the Fiat Group, which, like Juventus, was owned by the Agnelli family (incidentally, Fiat is an acronym – Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino). After Ciaoweb’s collapse, Lotto would take up that piece of real estate until 2004, when Nike took over.
Essentially, this is a pouring of Juventus into the Kombat 2000 moulds, albeit with a bit of licence.
In real life, the 2000-01 away and third were grey and navy respectively, but we’ve gone with a second kit that takes its cues from the 1996 Champions League final-winning strip (RIP Luca) while the third is all-white so as to allow for mixing and matching with the black-dominant home.
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