Kit of the Week #14: Guingamp Away by Patrick

For the second week in a row, our Kit of the Week title goes to a club on the receiving end of a savage 9-0 beating.

Paris Saint Germain set a new club-record for a league victory as Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani both scored hat-tricks, and Neymar Jr bagged a brace, in a 9-0 win over Ligue 1 basement club En Avant de Guingamp at the Parc des Princes.

Patrick, 2018-19, EA Guingamp, third, home, away, shirts
 EA Guingamp’s third, home and away shirts for the 2018-19 season 

The result came as payback for Guingamp’s shock defeat of the French champions in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals ten days previously.

French clubs often wear special edition shirts for cup fixtures so when Breton club EA Guingamp upset PSG, they were wearing a fairly unremarkable and largely plain version of their white away colours, wholly different from their more eye-catching 2018-19 change strip by French heritage brand Patrick.

Following this season’s trend, Patrick turned to local designer and EAG fan Franck Baudouin to re-imagine their fans’ all-time favourite set of shirts.

Guingamp, Adidas, Rippoz
EAG line-up in the fans’ favourite mid-90s Adidas home shirt

In 1995, Guingamp were promoted to Ligue 1 for the first time in their history, whilst sporting a version of the Adidas template most notably worn by Germany at USA ’94.

Similar to Aston Villa, who turned to fan and fashion designer Luke Roper to produce this season’s kits, Patrick’s updated interpretation of that classic checkered poncho shirt is all the better for the supporter’s eye in the design process.

Guingamp, away, Adidas, EAG, RIPPOZ
The 1995 Guingamp away shirt by Adidas

EAG are in a relegation scrap and due to their association with defeats like last night’s in Paris, this season’s kits may not be remembered as fondly as they deserve to be.

However we at Sartorial Soccer see a silver lining to the clouds on the horizon and truly wish that more clubs would follow Guingamp and Patrick’s model for the season ahead and work with supporters to deliver kits they can truly be proud of.

Guingamp, Patrick, Away
The 2018-19 Guingamp away kit references a classic club kit from the mid-1990s

What do you think of our latest Kit of the Week?

Please let us know in the comments section below!

 

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