Thanks to the unusual timing of the 2022 World Cup, the festive buildup took a backseat for a while this year, but that hasn’t stopped football clubs in Europe’s top leagues from filling their shops with Christmas goodies.
The central element of each collection is the official Christmas jumper, which has become something of an annual tradition in the field of football. The clubs have lined up a fresh batch of new designs for 2022, but while some of them are the perfect outfit to wear while caroling around the fire, others are pure Christmas horrors.
This is our pick of the best and, of course, the worst festive knitwear on offer at the official club stores this Christmas season.
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Reigning Serie A champions Milan have stuck to their Rossoneri club colors for your 2022 Christmas jumper, with a Christmas message stamped on the stomach. Fans who want to accessorize fully can match the sweater with a hat with a matching pompom.
With retro details taken from club kits and crests of the past, the Gunners have produced a jumper that is both festive and soft — as demonstrated here by Katie McCabe and Martin Odegaard. It is certainly worthy of a team that sits quite at the top of the Premier League at Christmas.
Dortmund’s official Christmas jumper for 2022 is inspired by traditional advent calendars and features a huge grid of assorted seasonal motifs. Sadly, there isn’t any chocolate hidden behind any of them.
There is not much wrong with Chelsea’s signature royal blue designIt doesn’t feel very Christmassy though.
There is a lot going on in Inter’s festive design – modeled after World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez – but it’s the 8-bit reindeer that really stands out. there is also a matching hat in traditional blue, white and black.
Never shy about pushing the limits a bit, Juventus have gone with an abstract pattern that burns the retina of trinkets, reindeer and… are they palm trees? juve defender Bremer However, he seems happy enough using it.
in what could be said the most Christmassy design of allthe Reds more than live up to their moniker by adding the “LFC” shield to Santa’s classic outfit.
Time the design is arguably a bit plainit is certainly elegant enough to be used at the table on the big day.
United have a couple of options to choose from, but surely the best is this scene of a trio of gnomes standing in front of the club’s famous ‘Holy Trinity’ statue outside Old Trafford on a snowy, starry night.
Meanwhile, things are almost as fun at the Bernabéu, with Real Madrid opting to wish their fans a “White Christmas” via a cartoon reindeer coming out of a frozen chimney.
Italian club Salernitana may not be up there with the other clubs here, but they deserve an honorable mention for their burgundy and white mosaic pattern. It bears the colors of the club, the crest and the year of formation (1919), as well as a selection of festive images. It’s safe to divide opinion, but it’s working for us.
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