Well, this is a bit embarrassing. Saint-Étienne of France, who also use Le Coq Sportif as their outfitter, released their new home kit today. As you’d expect from a team nicknamed les Verts, they wear green. The shirt itself, though, looks a tad familiar to anyone who’s been watching Fiorentina’s uniforms this season. See if you can spot the similarities. Here’s Saint-Étienne’s:
Souriez ! pic.twitter.com/WGwgQNnvx5— AS Saint-Étienne (@ASSEofficiel) July 3, 2019
And now here’s one of the away shirts from a certain Quattro Quartiere-themed club in Tuscany:
La nostra Storia, il nostro Orgoglio, i nostri Colori: questa è Firenze!#QuestaèFirenze#VivaFiorenza#KIT1920 pic.twitter.com/4lR4khbofj— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) June 24, 2019
Our most eagle-eyed readers may have already put this together, but we’ll give everyone else a hint. Look at the guy wearing the green shirt. Still no? That’s fine, we can spell it out for you: THEY ARE THE EXACT SAME %#&$ING SHIRT.
Not surprisingly, Saint-Étienne fans have been less than impressed that their home shirt is identical to an Italian team’s away getup. It’s quite a Coq-up for the French company and just makes us glad that this is its final year clothing the Viola; at this rate, they’d probably suggest a black-and-white, vertically striped shirt for the away kit next year.