In 1999, to announce the return of Kappa® to the world, Marco Boglione, founding president of the holding company BasicNet, fulfilled a sweet dream he had dreamed of for a very long time by becoming the equipment supplier to the Italian national team. At the time, it was about creating a jersey that already existed, while inventing a new, simple and refined design. Thanks to a new innovative technology, one that was more elastic than normal, as well as a light and comfortable “second skin” texture for the player, the KombatTM 2000 was created.
A unique jersey, tight and elastic, made of polyester and spandex has therefore been reissued especially for the 20th anniversary of the famous KombatTM jersey, now the trademark of all Kappa® jerseys. AS Monaco players will play in this anniversary jersey tonight against Angers at the start of the 23rd matchday of Ligue 1.
In addition to the KombatTM jersey, an entirely retro sportswear collection has also been developed. This reinterprets some of the most emblematic designs of the brand in the early 2000s
The shoot, directed by photographer Jérémie Mazuka, was carried out with the young players of AS Monaco, a generation born between 1998 and 2001, as a nod to the first period of Kappa® working with AS Monaco. Abdou Salam Ag Jiddou, Giuseppe Iglio, Maxence Toutain, Gobe Gouano and Moussa Sylla, all players of the reserve team trained by David Bechkoura and by Ludovic Giuly, himself an important part of that era, posed in front of the goal inside the stadium as well as in the streets of Monaco to highlight this new collection. It is inspired by iconic kits worn in the early 2000s and pays tribute to the teams of Ludovic Giuly, Marcelo Gallardo and David Trezeguet, who were champion of France during the 1999-2000 season. Two-tone collars, embroidered logos, as well as the iconic and timeless Kappa® logo, appear on all the pieces of this lifestyle collection, which includes two T-shirts and a tracksuit.
As a reminder, the first partnership between Kappa® and AS Monaco was initiated in 1998 and ended in 2001. It was an historic and fruitful collaboration which saw AS Monaco, drvien by, among others, Ludovic Giuly and Marco Simone, win its 7th title as champion of France as well as the Trophée des Champions 2000, in the famous branded jersey of the Omini.