KLeague Classic Kits – Championship group

A couple of days ago we gave you our take on the six kits that we thought were Classhit and now it’s time to give go through the remaining the kits, the ones that are so Classchic, they’ll gain you entry to Gold Bar, the swishest nightclub in Itaewon.  (Editor’s Note: Swisher night clubs may be available but 48 Shades hasn’t yet figured out how to monetise the podcast and thus we are committed to establishments where the drinks are cheap and the bingsu cheaper).

Incheon Home


Rumour has it that Incheon play in black and blue to complement the bruises that their fans accumulate after another punch up with the opposition fans.  48 Shades hope it is only a coincidence that Incheon have brought out a kit with black and blue stripes in the same season that the FC Seoul Suhoshin supporters have decided to increase the number of flags that their fans will wave at matches.  Of course being a Hummel kit, it has the ubiquitous chevron watermark.

Pohang Home


Only two chevrons on this kit…perhaps Hummel had run out by this point?  At first glance 48 Shades liked this kit but it has one major flaw that makes us think perhaps we were too hasty in relegating the god-awful Gwangju kit.  For us, the fact that the bottom hoop is black makes it look like either his shorts are falling down or he’s got hip-hop shorts on. 48 Shades has been to Pohang and gangsta it is not!

Jeonbuk Home


48 Shades imagines the design process for this kit went something like this:

Choi Kanghee:  I want something that reflects the lightning quick pace of the Gook and the Wookie!

FC Seoul-supporting winter intern: downloads the lowest resolution lightning bolt clip art he can find and blows it up 1,00o times before pasting it on the shirt.

Still, anything is better than 2011’s watermelon peel effort!

Seoul home


Le Coq Sportif came in for a lot of stick for last year’s effort which was nicknamed the braces kit because the design of the stripes made it look like the players were wearing black braces over a red shirt. Still, reaction has been pretty positive to this knock-off AC Milan kit with thin stripes and a granddad collar. The club has brought out two new strips this year but instead of a home and away kit, they’ve brought out two home ones, with a special ACL one which has slightly thicker stripes and a white proper collar (also an AC Milan knock-off).

Seongnam Home


In a move which is sure to inspire Mark to buy this year’s kit, Seongnam have switched supplier from the relatively unknown Spanish manufacturer Arbol to globally-renowned English kit manufacturer Umbro.  For their first design, they appear to have incorporated a touch of Englishness into the formerly all black kit by adding a white trim to the sleeves and adding the regal-sounding Jubilee Bank as sponsor in a font which I’m pretty sure is called QEII cursive.  Assume they actually produce this in a size large enough to fit him, I fully expect to see him crooking his little finger while sipping tea at this year’s Seongnam home games.

Sangju Home


Rumour has it that this kit is part of a Rorschach psychological test that will be given to all potential new recruits for the army team.  48 Shades took the test and saw loss after loss after loss followed by swift relegation…



K-League 2016 Kits – Classchic or Classhit?


The new season is almost upon us and as we prepare to watch out heroes in action we thought it only fitting to give the latest kits the 48 Shades treatment. Not being known for our trend-setting ways we have had to channel our inner John-Paul Gualtier to aid in our quest, unfortunately this has left us over-pronouncing our vowels and with a desire to sing Madonna in the local noraebang.  We have split the kits into those that deserve to get their team relegated and those that befit a team still in with a shout of adding some silverware to their dressing rooms.  Here is a rundown of those that we reckon are Classhit!

Suwon FC

Firstly, we think that this is Suwon’s new kit although the sponsor and club badge will have changed by the time you see it on a pitch near you.  Yes, Suwon had their player turn up to the KLeague kick-off press conference in last year’s kit and the club website still has no details of this year’s kit but 48 shades’ sleuthing skills have turned up this picture of the 2016 offering.  Frankly speaking this is basically Hummel’s riff on Le Coq’s 2015 FC Seoul home and away kits with some chevrons chucked on the shoulders.  It looks fine but we’ve marked it as relegation fodder for its lack of originality.

Suwon Bluewings 2016 Kit


Suwon Bluewings

The devil may wear Prada but we at 48 Shades reckon he wouldn’t be seen dead in Suwon Bluewings’ 2016 kit-astrophe! They seem to have added some go faster stripes to both the shirts and shorts in what one imagines is designed to give the full-kit wearers a nifty look as they’re making a hefty retreat after another trouncing by Jeonbuk. We like how player’s names are not the priority, probably to allow for ease of offloading anyone good in the summer to make up for a lack of sugar daddy investment from Samsung.

gwangju home


We understand there’s not a whole lot you can do with a yellow and red striped strip and it is the kit equivalent of offering Alan Pardew a 7yr contract but seriously this season they are taking liberties. Its like they gave the task of designing this year’s ensemble to the recently-fired intern on his last day. It’s not so much the ‘Plain Jane’ look they’ve gone for as much as a ‘Jane Doe’ look as nobody will want their name emblazoned across the back of this monstrosity.  The away kit is another case of same design different colour as the yellow is replaced with white!



The home kit is basically a cheap knock-off of Borussia Dortmund, perhaps a ploy to get all those armchair Bundesliga fans to come along to a game? It doesn’t actually look too bad but it scores poorly for originality and when it came to designing the away kit, it looks like they’ve just shoved the contrast slider in MS Paint a few points to the the left and called it job done.  The only unique thing about this is the placement of the club badge over the sternum instead of the heart…



Having spent years trying to emulate their Suwon Bluewings heroes on the pitch by winning hee-haw they now seem to have launched a tribute kit and can now definitely be considered to be #moreSuwonthanSuwon who themselves are #moreChelseathanChelsea.  They say that you should wear stripes to make you look taller and we reckon those go-faster stripes running from shoulder to knee are a cheap way to try and emulate the panic that the Wookie used to induce among visiting defences.



We get it you come from an island and you are hugely proud of your main export, the Hallabong orange but you also produce Hallsan Soju and we don’t see you picking players up and shaking them before hitting them on the arse. And all that before we even comment on it looking like a Formula One racing jersey gone wrong.  Still, one that is sure to be popular with the ‘elf and safety crowd in the UK.