Chelsea Away Kit: Club Reveal Mod-Inspired White Kit for 2019/20 Season

Chelsea have officially unveiled their new away kit for the 2019/20 season, with a white collared shirt inspired by the Mod culture of the 1960s.

In a press release, the club revealed: “Chelsea Football Club will celebrate London’s fashion history each time its teams play away this season. The new away kit is inspired by the Mod culture that thrived on the King’s Road, a short walk from Stamford Bridge, in the 1960s.

“The kit takes its lead from Mod subculture through a crisp white polo jersey complete with a button-down collar. This collar is trimmed with red and blue stripes and is fastened in the centre by two buttons, each inscribed with the phrase: ‘The Pride of London.’

Speaking upon the announcement of the new jersey, Chelsea Women forward Frank Kirby declared: “The kit is really beautiful, with so many nice touches. I know a little bit about Mod fashion and culture and you can see its influence on the kit. I think it’s a shirt you could wear to the game, but also in any situation, and I’m sure the fans will like it.”

Ethan Ampadu, who has been linked with a loan move for the 2019/20 season, was also featured prominently in the campaign.

The statement then continued: “The jersey’s sleeves are also trimmed with red and blue, while the head-to-toe look is completed by white shorts and ​Chelsea blue socks. The socks boast a stripe – white, red, white – midway up the calf, which evokes memories of the famous Mod target symbol.”

And, speaking on the design, Pete Hoppins, who is Nike’s Football Apparel Senior Design Director, explained: “The concept we came up with is a homage to the Mods of 1960s London and their sharp style. It really comes together through this iconic white polo, finished off with red and blue stripes from Chelsea’s heritage.

“We feel this kit will make the players feel super sharp when playing on the road.”


Laurent Koscielny to Be Stripped of Arsenal Captaincy With Two Stars Considered to Take Over

​Laurent Koscielny will be stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after refusing to travel with the club for pre-season, with Granit Xhaka or Mesut Ozil seen as likely replacements.

Koscielny is believed to be desperate to force through a move to Bordeaux this summer, and refused to travel with the club on their pre-season tour of the USA, with Arsenal left ‘​very disappointed’ by his actions.


​Arsenal are expected to punish Koscielny, and ​The Sun state that he will no longer be considered for the club’s captaincy, despite Unai Emery looking to his senior players to help them bounce back from a disappointing campaign last season.

With Petr Cech and ​Aaron Ramsey both leaving this summer, the Gunners are lacking some veteran leadership, so Emery was desperate for players like Koscielny to step up in their absence.

However, his recent behaviour has left the boss with no choice but to strip him of the captaincy. In his place, Emery confirmed that there are a number of players who could be handed the captain’s armband for the upcoming season.

Unai Emery

Speaking ahead of his side’s friendly with ​Bayern Munich, Emery said: “We have spoken about the captaincy. Last year we had Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech who have left us. And Laurent Koscielny, who has a contract, who he told us he wants to leave.

“I want between three and five captains in the team. We have Granit, we have ​Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal and there are other players who can also take this position.”

Arsenal are believed to be prepared to part ways with Koscielny this summer, but only for ​at least £8.8m. It is believed that Bordeaux are only willing to sign him on a free transfer, but Arsenal are not prepared to terminate his contract, which still has one year left to run.


Last season, Koscielny was a vital part of the Gunners’ defence, making 31 appearances in all competitions after recovering from a serious Achilles injury. However, it appears as though his time at the club may be up, with Emery clearly looking for ways to move on from the 33-year-old.


Newcastle Confirm Appointment of Steve Bruce as New Head Coach on 3-Year Contract

Newcastle United have officially appointed former Aston Villa, Sunderland and Birmingham manager Steve Bruce as the club’s new head coach following the departure of Rafa Benitez at the end of his contact last month.

Bruce, who hails from the area, has signed an initial three-year contract at St James’ Park.

“I’m delighted and incredibly proud to be appointed as head coach of Newcastle United. This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family,” the 58-year-old ex-Manchester United captain told

“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for. We’ll roll our sleeves up and we’ll be giving it everything from the off to ensure supporters have a successful team that they can be proud of,” he added.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley commented: “Steve has a deep affection for Newcastle United and we are very pleased that a coach with his vast experience and connections to the club and city has joined us.

Telford United v Aston Villa - Pre-Season Friendly

“Steve knows what this club means to supporters and to the region and he will put his heart and soul into leading our talented group of players with the full support of our staff.

“The hard work for Steve and his team starts immediately and we will be fully prepared for the challenge of a new Premier League season.”


Aaron Ramsey Wants to Emulate ‘Welsh Legend at Juventus & Praises Maurizio Sarri Style

​Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey offered a fantastic account of himself during his press conference with Juventus on Monday, attempting to address the media in Italian.

The 28-year-old was snapped up by the Serie A champions on a free transfer after he ran down his contract in north London, being offered the chance to play alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala next season.

Despite arriving just a few weeks ago as he continues his rehabilitation from injury, Ramsey started his press conference by showing off what he’s learnt after his first few lessons in Italian.

He was visibly nervous about trying to speak Italian, but given how common it is for British players to not even bother learning their new club’s language so early on – or in some cases at all – Ramsey gave an outstanding showing of himself which will mean an awful lot to fans in Turin.

He wasn’t just showing off his newfound language skills, however, as Ramsey also spoke about why he excited to work under manager Maurizio Sarri and that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Juventus’ Welsh legend John Charles.

I know from this coach, from his time last year in England, he definitely likes to play football,” Ramsey said, quoted by the BBC. “He has his own philosophy and I’m sure all the players here will adapt nicely to that.

From what I saw last season he had a very good season for Chelsea – he got to two finals and won one of them.

“He got in the top four and that is not easy to do so it was definitely a success for him there, but hopefully he can bring his philosophy and style to this team.”

Ramsey also spoke about former Juventus star Charles, who helped the club to three Serie A titles during his five-year spell at the club.

He is an absolute legend over here and for Welsh football,” Ramsey added. “He’s definitely someone I can look up to and hopefully follow in his footsteps.

“He definitely took everything in and left his mark here. I know how much he means to this club and the history he contributed here.

“He is a fantastic player and a person I look up to and hope to emulate.” 


Matthijs de Ligt Confirms Juventus Move After Arriving at Airport in Turin

​Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has said that he’s ‘really happy’ to be joining Juventus this summer after arriving at an airport in Turin ahead of big-money move.

The 19-year-old had been linked with clubs across Europe ahead of the new season but Juventus beat out competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in a protracted transfer saga to win the race for his signature.

It’s been speculated for some time that de Ligt would end up in Turin, and Juventus have all but confirmed the deal after sharing videos of the defender arriving in Italy on Tuesday night.

“Hello Bianconeri, this is Matthijs,” he said in one video. “I’m really happy to be here.”

De Ligt is due to undergo his medical with the club on Wednesday morning, with Football Italia suggesting that Juventus are likely to officially confirm the move later in the day.

It’s understood that Juventus will have to spend €75m to sign de Ligt this summer, but footage of the defender arriving in Turin on Tuesday suggests that everything between the clubs has been agreed.

Personal terms are also likely to have been agreed prior to de Ligt’s flight to Italy.

The Netherlands international is set to become Juventus’ sixth signing of the summer transfer window already, with the club’s three most high profile arrivals joining on free transfers.

Paris Saint-Germain duo Gianluigi Buffon and Adrien Rabiot, as well as Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, have all arrived in Turin after becoming free agents this summer.

Juventus have also completed deals for Cristian Romero, Luca Pellegrini and Merih Demiral for a combined €66m.