Before their friendly game against Manchester City at the Camp Nou this evening, in support of the fight against ALS, Barcelona unveiled a stunning new away kit, their third choice shirt for this season. The grey shirt features the distinctive red and blue cross in its enter, inspired by the Creu de Sant Jordi as this year marks 30 years since the club were awarded the Creu (Cross) by the Catalan government.
Recently there has been a clamour among some cules for a white away shirt, and it was predicted by many among the Barca fan base that this would be the year it happens. However shirt designs are said to be chosen two years in advance, so it appears that was never on the cards? the reason? Someone else we know plays in white. Yep, you guessed it.
Barcelona last wore white in 1957 and the crowd response was so vitriolic that the players were forced to change strips at half time. Though the white shirt quietly vanished for a couple of seasons, it did briefly reemerge for the 1959-1960 season for European cup games. then, it sunk without trace for a good twenty years, finally appearing again, and then only in England, in a game against Ipswich Town. Then, it was retired for good.
This new shirt, though officially grey, is close enough to white without being, you know Los Meringues. Personally, I love it, and can’t wait to see eleven of them flying around the field when Barcelona do their thing.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t meet with the same fate as last time.