The charge towards the 2019 domestic football season in South-East Asia continues, with many of the region’s top clubs revealing their new outfits for the upcoming campaign. Today, we look at some of the most notable releases, with some context and background about the clubs they represent.
Thailand - Buriram United
The Thunder Castle's 2019 kit launch proved to be another success as fans camped outside the stadium nights beforehand, selling over 40,000 kits on opening day. Aiming for the overall theme of "Thainess", the collar is designed to mimic the royal shirt style. The red vertical lines on top of the iconic dark blue are almost an exact replica of the local silk pattern design. On the back of the collar hide a tiny Thai flag, a symbol of how Buriram United is Thailand's pride as they venture into the AFC Champions League.
2019 will be a season of change for Buriram United, as they have to deal with the loss of star striker Diogo Luis Santo and a possible title challenge from heavy spending Bangkok United. On the positive side, there are many youngsters and academy graduates that fans can look forward to seeing in the upcoming season, including Supachai Jaided, who made a major impression at the recent AFC Asian Cup.
Malaysia - Johor Darul Ta'zim
JDT have undergone some changes to their outfit style ahead of next season. The home jersey is navy blue in color with dark black shorts, while the away jersey is orange with blue stripes and blue shorts.
Having managed to secure some famous European-based players like Lazio defender Maurício and Spanish midfielder Aarón Ñíguez from Real Oviedo. Surely they will aim to win another Super League title and go beyond the group stage in the AFC Champions League.
Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City FC
Ho Chi Minh City FC have found a new shirt sponsor for the upcoming season, as they have partnered with Korean brand Zaicro. In general, the style of club's shirt has not changed so much when compared with last season. The main color still red for the home kit and off white for the away kit.
The team will be coached by Korean boss Chung Hae-Song next season. They have recruited some national team players such as Ngo Hoang Thinh, Pham Van Thanh or Nguyen Thanh Thang. Additionally, the team also extended their contract with Palestinian international striker Matias Jadue.
Indonesia - Borneo FC
Pesut Etam are the first Indonesian club who launch their new kit for 2019 season. They used Nike last season, but will be reverting to one made in-house for the upcoming season, The main club's color, orange, looks brighter than it did with their Nike iteration. The difference is the silver line which runs across the side of the jersey from under the shirt sleeve until the bottom of the shorts. The club's original colors were orange and maroon, but the latter color does not make a comeback after disappearing from their outfits last season.
Borneo FC will be managed by new Italian coach, Fabio Lopez, after the departure of Hongkong-Serbian coach, Dejan Antonic to Madura United. Pesut Etam have also completed their foreign player quota by retaining Matias Conti, and Renan Silva, Javlon Guseynov and Jan Lammers. Borneo FC also get back two wingers from stints out on loan: Terens Puhiri from Thai side Port FC and Rifal Lastori from newly promoted PSS Sleman.