If you're looking for the best new soccer jerseys for 2020-21, forget about the Premier League or even the UEFA Champions League – Mexico's Liga MX has some of the best jerseys you can find this season with these special edition jerseys in memory of you the day of the dead.
Mexican sportswear maker Charly has designed a range of Dia de los Muertos jerseys for its third alternative for its five Liga MX clubs – Atlas, Pachuca, Queretaro, Santos Laguna and Tijuana – ahead of the November 1st to 2nd celebrations.
Charly was inspired by the calaveras (skulls), ofrendas (altars), pan de muerto (sweet bread), cempasuchil (marigold flowers) and other traditional symbols of the feast of remembrance.
The result is five jerseys that capture the spirit of the Day of the Dead and are uniquely Mexican, but also stand on their own as great jerseys.
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The gray shirt, which Charly says is "inspired by the sweet ending that the Calaverita de Azucar (sugar skull, often eaten during the celebrations)" might just be the bunch of choice, but the first in the series Getting revealed hasn't received an overall positive response on social media.
Guadalajara-based Atlas is out of playoff spots, hasn't won a league title since 1951 and had just lost the city's Clasico Tapatio to Chivas when the shirt was released on Twitter.
Rival club fans were quick to gruesomely ask whether a "Day of the Dead" shirt should be worn by "a team that is dead".
– Order the "Day of the Dead" jersey from Atlas from Charly
The Los Tuzos shirt pays homage to "la flor de cempasuchil" (marigold) that can be seen in cemeteries and around altars across Mexico and beyond.
It is said that the bright orange-yellow color, due to its smell and sun-like appearance, leads the deceased to the altar, which usually contains the person's favorite food, drink or music.
On the pitch, Pachuca players certainly don't have the excuse of not being able to choose their teammates.
– Order Pachuca's Day of the Dead jersey from Charly
"I will support you here and in the next life!" reads the blurb for the purple Queretaro shirt. "Our passion goes into the hereafter."
The shirt has female skulls in the stripes, influenced by La Dama de la Muerte (Lady Death) or La Catrina, whose painted face has perhaps become the most famous symbol of the day of the dead internationally.
– Order Queretaro's Day of the Dead jersey from Charly
The intricate patterns are based on the delicate paper patterns, usually of skulls, used to decorate altars that families have erected in homes to honor deceased family members.
"The green and white should be defended like a warrior even after death," says the description for Los Guerreros & # 39; green shirt.
– Order the jersey for the Day of the Dead by Santos Laguna from Charly
The red jersey of Tijuana – whose nickname is "Los Xoloitzcuintles" (Mexican hairless dogs) – is inspired by Xolotl, an Aztec god often portrayed as a dog-headed man who acts as a soul guide for the dead.
– Order Tijuana's Day of the Dead jersey from Charly