FC Barcelona has revealed their new home and away shirts and kits for the 2013-14 season. Kit partners Nike say they have combined the club’s renowned tradition with their modern and progressive approach, creating a distinctly Blaugrana appearance.
The new Barcelona home shirt and kit sees the deep red and blue stripes return to the shirt with a modern graphic fade stripe on the sleeves. Nike commented that the shirt reflects the sublime simplicity of FC Barcelona’s style of play, which at first glance appears simple, but is in fact masterfully complex.
The new shirt also features a vibrant yellow V-neck collar to represent the Catalan flag, the Senyera, which is also fully integrated in to the back of the collar. The red and yellow stripes of the Senyera also feature inside a side vent on the hem of both sides of the shirt. Inside the back of the neck is a woven label featuring the club’s motto “Mes que un Club” (More than a Club).
The new home shorts are blue, and the socks feature a thin yellow stripe at the top and a graphic red-and-blue stripe repeated from the sleeves.
The new Barcelona away kit heralds something new. For the first time, Barcelona will play in an away kit which features the red and yellow of the Catalan flag, the Senyera, as the club’s traditional stripes.
The away shirt features a yellow-ribbed crew neck with red trim. Bold yellow and red appears as the traditional stripes on the body and in the fade stripe on the sleeves. As in the home shirt, inside the back of the neck, is a label featuring the club’s motto “mes que un club” (more than a club).
Nike says the kit showcases belief in style, craft and strong aesthetics, while aiding the performance of players with key technological features.
The new kits are made from recycled polyester which reflects Nike’s commitment to produce athletic wear with a low environmental impact. It takes up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles to produce the shirt and shorts of each kit.
Early reaction has been largely positive; the fans seem to be pleased with the new Nike designs. What do you think? Comments welcome below.
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