We recently introduced our Lost Champions series in which we take a look at the stories of the dozens of past national champion clubs from across Europe who no longer exist today. Our first national feature in the series was dedicated to Germany and its eight extinct former champions from both the unified national League and the former East German Oberliga.
As a follow-up to that post we’re pleased to announce a collaboration with Chris Oakley of Football Attic fame. Chris shares our fascination for retro football and finding creative ways to bring it to the attention of a contemporary audience. He’s also a fine illustrator and we’ve been long been fans of his football kit designs that you can see in all their glory on his Kitbliss site.
So we asked Chris to imagine how the contemporary strips of our Lost Champions might look today had these formerly successful clubs carried on in their original form rather than drifting out of existence. As is our way on BTLM, we sought to bring as high a degree of historical authenticity as possible to the project with strip colours and styles based closely upon historical precedent – plus a contemporary twist added to bring them bang up to date.
The shirt sponsors are imagined although each makes reference in some respect to the club’s past historical links, or at the very least its geography. We’re really happy with the results and we’re pleased that Chris will be supplying modern strip reimaginings for our entire Lost Champions series.
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