Mexican football kit heroes Charly have unveiled a spooky range of special edition strips for the “Día de Los Muertos” festival.
The creepy collection of alternative kit designs are based on arts, crafts and traditions surrounding the Mexican holiday, where family and friends gather to remember dearly departed loved ones and pray for their spiritual journeys.
Passion and history connect fans to their clubs and Charly’s five Liga MX sides each receive a ghoulish one-off kit focusing on different aspects of the culture surrounding the Day of the Dead.
During the festival, Mexicans decorate sugar skulls in tribute to lost family and friends and it’s those sweet tributes that inspire Atlas’ grey shirts.
The pattern is reminiscent of Mexico’s black home jersey from 2019 and symbolises fans’ never-ending love of their club, which Charly assure us, merely transcends into the afterlife.
Los Xolos of Tijuana are a special breed and take their name from a Mexican hairless dog considered sacred by the Aztecs, Toltecs and Maya civilizations.
Those groups revered the animals as being faithful companions to men on their final voyage into the afterlife, and their shirts feature a depiction of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec lord of the dead.
Founded by Cornish miners in 1901, Club Pachuca (nicknamed Los Tuzos – the Gophers) are one of the oldest football clubs in the Americas and their brilliantly, bold and colourful shirts have made them a favourite for kit connoisseurs .
Their shirts are based on the marigold flower and are a tribute to the love of the game passed from generation to generation.
Querétaro usually play in a combination of white, black and blue but we always like to see clubs bring purple into their palette.
Look closely and you will see images of La Catrina within Los Gallos Blancos (The White Roosters) stripes.
A figure of satire, the iconic Lady of Death is a skeleton dressed in colourful clothes and a large European hat, sent to remind us that no matter your class or social status, we are all destined to make the same final journey.
Santos Laguna are nicknamed the Warriors and their green and white colours are wrapped in a papel picado (a type of punched confetti) inspired pattern, creating an armoured effect to their special edition shirt.
The delicate tissue paper decorations are used to remind us of the fragility of life and move in the breeze to symbolise the presence of spirits.
Devotion to our clubs runs in the family and the friendships we forge through football brings us new brothers and sisters.
Loyal to the soil and bad to the bone, we love the way Charly have played with the folk traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead and cleverly intertwined those into stories of the passion and history that go with being a true fan of a club.