Soccer Fashions Hit New Lows

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Last night I caught a rerun of "Seinfeld" with a production date of 1991. Could it really have been that long ago? Has the show slowly morphed into "Cheers" for the mid-20s set?

Now aside from that credit card commercial where Jerry was in England learning cockney rhyming slang, there aren't many connections to "Seinfeld" and the beautiful game. The reason I bring it up because 1991 might have been the last time that neon yellow clothing was an acceptable fashion choice.

As Seinfeld might say, "What is the deal with that?"

Wednesday's Champions League action saw both France's Olympique Lyon and Turkey's Fenerbahçe rocking neon-yellow away or alternate kits. This comes on the heels of the 2007-08 Chelsea away kit that set soccer fashion back 20 years. In fact in the 2008-09 Premier League season Arsenal, Bolton, Everton, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic are all wearing some variant of yellow for their away shirts.

The actual culprit for this fashion faux pas is Barcelona's away shirt from two seasons ago. It seems like a virus trickling from pitch-to-pitch across Europe and like any pandemic will quickly spread across oceans. It's only a matter of time before MLS teams feature day-glo orange or pink away shirts.

Naturally, this isn't that big a deal in the grand scheme of things and away shirts are supposed to contrast the home team's. Still, my burning retinas say otherwise.

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