Well, they're finally here!
The new FC Barcelona kits were unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The presentation was made at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
Guests were treated to drinks and hors d'oeuvres as Nike and the Catalan club presented the new home, road, and goalkeeper kits as well as the new training gear.
Let's take a look at the kits Lionel Messi, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba (Oops, not yet), and other Barça stars will be making plays with in under the guidance of Tito Vilanova in 2012-13.
The home kit is goes away from the traditional defined blaugrana stripes and goes with a new blurred stripe look. According to FC Barcelona's website, the reason for the change to a blended azulgrana look reflects "how the club has made such copious use of young, local talent for so many years in combination with some of the world’s top international stars, thus reflecting the club’s famous blend of youth, tradition and creativity."
Here's more info on the home kit from the official press release:
"The marine red neck gives the shirt a classic yet modern appearance, and also features the red and yellow of the Catalan flag on the outside and the ‘More Than a Club’ slogan on the inside. The blue on the shirt is darker than the shade that has appeared in more recent editions, and the typeface was chosen to reflect Catalan architecture.
"The blue shorts include a red stripe down the side, and the word "Barça" on the back. The blue socks also have the 'Barça' name in yellow lettering, using the same typeface as the shirt. They also feature the innovative soles that help with balance and have gone down so well among professionals."
I like the fact that the blue is a darker shade. I thought the blue on this previous season's kit was too light and I didn't like it. The darker the blue, the better. Interesting fact that the typeface the kit will have is to reflect the Catalan architecture. I like how that detail shows that the club and Nike wanted this kit to reflect Catalunya.
All the kits Nike makes for their sponsored clubs are environmentally friendly believe it or not. "Each set of shirt and shorts has been made using as many as thirteen recycled water bottles, a process that reduces energy consumption by 30% in comparison with traditionally produced polyester."
Personally, I'll miss the defined stripes. But I love the darker shade of blue.
I'm definitely getting a home kit – in fact – all true culés are required to get one for that matter. I may even buy a customized kit with my name on it since I like the new Catalan-themed typeface.
A picture of the new typeface is later on in this slideshow.
The road kit changes from the black of 2011-12 to orange as Barcelona goes with a gradient orange/yellow look. This will not be the first time they use orange as the club went with the color in the 2006-07 season as well as the famous 1991-92 "Dream Team" European championship season under Johan Cruyff.
Here's the press release about the road kit:
"The FC Barcelona change strip for the 2012/13 season merges orange and yellow in honour of the city’s culture, art, style and architecture. It has a classic orange collar with the famous Barça colours on the nape and sleeves. The back of the shirt also features the Catalan flag, and the ‘More Than a Club’ slogan on the inside of the collar, written in a typeface was specially chosen to reflect Catalan architecture."
The road kit is OK, but I don't love it. The yellow shorts are a bit too bright and quite frankly, with the shorts and shirt together, the players are going to look like giant tropical cocktails.
I may buy a road kit, but I won't get the whole outfit.
Here are more pictures from Tuesday's event as well as press release photos of the new FC Barcelona 2012-13 kits from Nike.
Both home and road kit.
An up close look at the road kit.
The full look of the road kit.
The new goalkeeper kit.
Casual wear for culés.
Goalkeeper kit and home kit along with compression shirt.
This is what Don Andres' kit looks like.
The new typeface.
Each set of shirt and shorts has been made using as many as thirteen recycled water bottles, a process that reduces energy consumption by 30% in comparison with traditionally produced polyester kits.
We will see Lionel Messi make this same pose next season.
The new collection by Nike.
So what do you think about the new kits?
Or hate them?
Let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
Look out for my next article later this week as I preview the Copa Del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao. As always, whenever Barça news breaks, I will keep you updated right here at Bleacher Report.
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