The start of the 2013 – 2014 football season was met with eager anticipation on the part of the club, players and fans. The Cardiff City home shirt 2013 – 2014 would be featuring in the top-flight of English football. Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan took over Cardiff City in 2012, he rebranded the club resulting in their 2013 promotion.
Rebranding and Promotion
Initially the involvement of Vincent Tan and his subsequent rebranding was met with hostility from fans. The iconic colors of the Cardiff City football shirts were radically changed from blue to red in order to promote success. It is widely believed in Asia that red is a powerful and winning color, this rebranding was meant to not only instill a winning mentality in the team but also to promote the clubs popularity in Asia.
The Cardiff City home kit was launched with a red football shirt in 2012. Many fans chose to boycott the shirt and stoically wore their previous season blue Cardiff City home shirts to the games. However, as the season progressed the clubs fortunes appeared to be on the up and the resolve of fans softened.
Prior to Vincent Tan’s involvement in the club Cardiff City had been averaging mid-table results, their best finishes being 4th place in 2010 and 2011. However, in the 2012 – 2013 season Cardiff City finished top of the Championship with an 8-point lead over 2nd place Hull City. The Cardiff City home shirt would not be any new football shirt; it would be a Premier League football shirt.
A Season in the Premier League
The new Cardiff City football shirts for the 2013 – 2014 season stuck closely to Vincent Tan’s vision of the club. Puma has made the team’s football kits since 2009 and the new home shirt for Premier League competition did not disappoint. The simple V-neck football shirt, all in red with white logos and sponsors is a shirt to match the looks of any other in the top-flight.
Unfortunately, the Cardiff City shirts may have looked the part but it seems that the skills and prowess of the team were no match for the elite players of Premier League football. Cardiff City did not start badly, their 1st match resulted in a 2-0 loss to West Ham, but their 1st home tie of the season saw the team beat Manchester City 3-2.
The Premier League season consists of 38 matches, with 37 played their 1st strong home result was not enough to keep the team afloat long-term. After 37 games Cardiff City are sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table. Over the course of the season they have only managed to notch up 7 wins, and 9 draws, with a disappointing 21 losses.
Last Match in the Top-Flight
The last outing of the Cardiff City home shirt 2013 – 2014 is due to take place at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday 11th May. This will be a tough final match, to end what can only be described as a hard and disappointing season. Chelsea will be the final opponent for Cardiff City’s 1st Premier League season.
Chelsea is almost the polar opposite of Cardiff City; they have spent periods at the top of the 2013 – 2014 Premier League table and are still in contention for the top-spot. A win at Cardiff City and loses for Manchester City and Liverpool may be enough to secure Premier League victory for Chelsea football club.
Whatever the result, win or lose, the fate of Cardiff City has already been decided. The Cardiff City football shirts for the 2014 – 2015 season will be playing in the 2nd tier of English football, known as The Championship. Staying up after promotion is always a tough ask, and was too much for Cardiff City. However, another season in the 2nd tier may be enough to up their game, secure re-promotion and what could be a longer run in the Premier League.
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