Nike have risked the wrath of the ''Les Culés'' in what could be one of Barcelona's most dramatic home kit re-designs. Gone are the solid renowned stripes of La Blaugrana. In its place, Nike have combined the iconic red & blue colours of the Catalan club to create a very different look that's sure to get fans talking!
Inspired by Barcelona's world-renowned philosophy of fusing home-grown talent (the cantera) with the world's finest players, the new 12/13 Nike Barcelona Home Kit sees the famous blue and red stripes fused together to give the shirt a bold new look.
The red crew neck collar gives the shirt a classic but modern feel, whilst the graphic on the outer neck is the Catalan Senyera flag. The blue on the shirt is a darker blue than seasons gone by. The blue shorts have a red stripe on the side and ‘Barca’ on the back waistband.
The blue socks have Barça in yellow in the same font as the shirt. The socks also offer a new and innovative design featuring an updated cotton footbed offering additional support and comfort.
The new 2012/13 Barcelona Away Kit
is an explosion of bright colour to celebrate the club’s effervescent style of play. The new shirt fuses orange into yellow on the body paying homage to the city’s mixture of culture, art, style and architecture.
The shirt has an orange crew neck ribbed collar with the famous Blaugrana detail on the back of the neck and orange sleeves. The outer back detail on the shirt is Catalan’s Senyera flag, whilst the inner neck graphic reads, ‘Més que un club’ (More than a club).
The font used on the kit is inspired by Catalan architecture. The yellow shorts have the Blaugrana detail along the side seam and ‘Barca’ on the back of the waistband. The yellow socks also have the Blaugrana detail on the top and the ‘Barca’ detail on the back.
The kits have bonded re-enforced t-bar junctions that support critical seams on the shirt and shorts and inner welded seams with a flat finish construction to improve comfort and performance. Temperature regulation is helped by ventilation zones, consisting of a series of tiny laser cut holes from the under arms to the waistband, allowing air to circulate to keep players comfortable.
Whilst the kits combine modern sport and youth style to give the club an iconic new look, Nike’s innovation provides our most technologically advanced kits to aid athlete comfort and performance. The kits are made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, making them Nike’s most environmentally friendly kit ever produced
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