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Fans Join Spartak Players to Unveil New Kit

Though known as “Krasno belye” (the red and whites), F.C. Spartak Moscow — one of the most successfl clubs in Russia — has a long history of featuring black on its kit. From 1938 to 1952, the Spartak kit included black shorts, marking a golden period for the club that reaped three Champion titles and five League Cups. Today, black makes a stylish comeback as an accent to the traditional red-and-white home kit and, for the first time, as the dominant color for the away kit.

Home kit

The home shirt is traditional red and proudly features the white Spartak chest band used since 1934. Black accents can be seen on the trim on the white crossover V-neck collar and sleeve cuffs. Inside the back neck is a red bonded label featuring Spartacus’s warrior helmet with the club motto in Latin: “Fidelitas et virtus," or "Fidelity and virtue." Originally founded in 1922, the club adopted the name Spartak Moscow in 1934, drawing inspiration from the Roman gladiator Spartacus who led an uprising of the oppressed against the Roman oligarchy.

The new home shorts are white with a thin black stripe on the side. The socks are red with a thin black band at the top and a white and black block on the back for greater visibility on the pitch.

Russian athletes, including tennis player Anastasia Myskina, hockey player Artem Voronin, along with DJ Fstep and 5sta Family singer Valeriy Efremov, joined Spartak players to introduce the new home kit and Inspire the team ahead of the season. 

Away kit

Spartak Moscow will play in their first predominantly black away kit this season. The shirt remains unmistakably Spartak, boasting the club’s famous chest band in red.

The shirt has a red crossover V-neck collar with black trim and a red band near the sleeve cuffs. As on the home shirt, the club's signature gladiator helmet and moto in Latin appear inside  the jersey's neck. 

The new away shorts are black with a thin red stripe on the side. The socks are black with a thin red band at the top and a red-and-white block on the back for improved visibility on the pitch. 

The new kit showcases Nike's commitment to provide players with the latest performance innovation and reduced impact on the environment.


  • The shirt and short of each kit are made from up to 13 recycled plastic water bottles.  In a pioneering process, plastic bottles are chopped into flakes, then melted down to form yarn that is spun into polyester fabric, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent, compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.

  • Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfill through the use of recycled polyester.


  • The kit weighs just 150 grams, 23 percent lighter than previous kits. It boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and significantly improved stretch.

  • The fabric uses Nike Dri-FIT technology to draw sweat away from the body and through the fabric where it can evaporate, helping to keep players cool and dry.

  • Underarm and waistband ventilation zones of tiny laser-cut holes allow additional comfort and cooling. A mesh panel across the entire back increases air circulation.


  • The shirt’s bonded T-bars support the seams at key points and inner-welded seams have a clean finish to give a more striking appearance, while also increasing comfort and performance.