Barcelona has turned to 1979 for inspiration for their new away kit for the upcoming season. Their new yellow away shirt features a diagonal stripe in the traditional “blaugrana” colours, in what is arguably one of the best throwback kits of the season. The new kit was made available to fans around the world on 9th July.
So what has inspired Barcelona’s retrospective outlook for the new kit? Well, much of the drive behind the 1979 design is that this year marks the 40th anniversary of “La Masia.”
Celebrating the history of Barcelona’s future
“La Masia” symbolises Barcelona’s unique past, present and future. The football club and Nike have collaborated to honour the team from an era where, the club claims, it had some of its best-ever players.
Barcelona released a statement explaining how, in celebration of this huge anniversary of La Masia’s establishment, they wanted to honour the La Masia youth academy, its spirit and its role in the future of the club.
What does the kit look like?
It is difficult to not love this new kit from Barcelona. Its classic design combined with a modern twist makes the shirt iconic and one fans will love all over the world.
The shorts are available in both blue and yellow, depending on who Barcelona are playing against in either the league or cup competitions. The shirt sleeves are hemmed in the classic blue and maroon colours, on the right and left respectively to complete the stylish asymmetrical design.
What about on the field?
Barcelona will be hoping for much more than to just win the best shirt competition this season. The La Liga title is always on the agenda and often delivered. Indeed, last season, Barcelona finished nine points clear of Atletico Madrid, and a staggering 19 points clear of Real Madrid in third place.
Real Madrid fans will be hoping their mini-revolution at the Bernabeu will help to bridge the gap, but there is an awful lot of work to do in order to topple Barcelona. But the Champions League is a must for Barca and fans.
Barcelona are very much the team to beat according to the La Liga betting odds for next season, despite Real Madrid bringing in a whole host of new signings, including Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
It remains to be seen whether or not Neymar is set to return to Barcelona, after apparently asking to leave PSG after just two seasons. Neymar left Barcelona in 2017 for £198 million, of which the Spanish champions used nearly three-quarters of that to bring Liverpool’s Philip Coutinho to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona fans have yet to warm to Coutinho and with Neymar informing PSG that he wants to leave the club this summer and return to his former club, there has been speculation that the former Liverpool man may well be moved on to help fund this particular transfer – although the club has said that won’t happen this summer.
After two disappointing exits in recent years, against Roma and Liverpool, Barcelona will need to step up a gear and prove they have what it takes to dominate Europe once again.