Next season promises to initiate a year of change at Barcelona, but one thing stays the same: the slickness of the Blaugrana's kit.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta are among the first-team players to model next season's design, which takes on a slightly darker tone over previous efforts. Barca B players Sergi Samper, Edgar Ie and Jean Marie Dongou Tsafack joined the world-renowned stars, per Jersey Daeng:
The club's official Twitter account also unveiled the slogan "Crafted to Win," a tag supporters will hope pushes the players over the line when the 2014-15 business end arrives:
One of the more striking parts of the kit is the Senyera flag underneath the collar. This is the first time the Catalan colours have appeared outside the badge on the home design, as reported by John Drayton of the Daily Mail. Barca Pics provided a useful close-up image of the shirt:
Of course, being a modern kit, Nike has implemented plenty of swanky technology. The usual Dri-Fit design is utilised to provide "better fitting for comfort and performance," according to Barcelona's website. This allows sweat to be drawn away from the body to the exterior of the kit, "where it quickly evaporates."
Each player's temperature is also regulated through mesh panels on the side, a staple for Nike's shirts these days. Perhaps most remarkably, the kit is made using recycled water bottles, ensuring an environmental outlook from the sporting giants. FCB's website confirms the shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester, the socks 78 percent and shirt 96 percent.
Nike has also implemented a design that aims to further protect areas of impact. "Cushioned zones" engulf the toes and ankle area, places where plenty of contact is sure to be made throughout 90 minutes.
It's worth noting the club keeps its Qatar Airways sponsor on the front, with UNICEF on the back. Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sports believes the design is reminiscent of a particular Serie A side:
Barcelona's home kits are very hard to get wrong, such is the iconic status of the club's colours and striped design. Next season's effort is particularly smart due to the Senyera flag being worn on the forefront of each player's chest; it's certainly a striking message for the community of Catalonia.
With players such as Messi, Pique and Iniesta confirmed to be at the Camp Nou for the long term, such a design is sure to get many excited for the new season. As a side note, Cesc Fabregas' lack of appearance in the promotional material could suggest he is on his way to the Premier League, per Alex Richards of the Mirror.
While the make-up of Luis Enrique's squad will be outlined across the summer, Barca can at least go about their business wearing a kit that highlights the club's key symbols across every match.
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