Words: Will Almond
Barcelona 1998–99. The dancing feet of Rivaldo. A pre-Middlesbrough Boudewijn Zenden. The brothers de Boer. And perhaps most of all, that kit.
The captain of that Barcelona side, a certain Pep Guardiola, knows a thing or two about fashion—as his penchant for little grey hoodies has taught us. Basically, this is a beautiful kit, worn by players who played the beautiful game beautifully. And, after twenty years away, it’s back.
It has all the recognisable Barcelona DNA. The red and blue stripes. The badge. The swoosh. But this has evolved.
Gone are the thin red and blue lines and replacing it are bold, wide ones. Smack-centre of the widest block of Catalonian red is the Barcelona crest, and below it, just the Nike swoosh. There’s no sponsor here, it’s a kit that forces you to sit up and take note, and is as brash as Barça were on the pitch that year. Wearing it, they walked the league, putting eleven points between themselves and Real Madrid in the process.
Coinciding with Barcelona’s game against Manchester United in the Champions League, Nike will release a small number of the shirts on April 10th. The team, unfortunately, won’t be wearing it on the pitch… we’d very much like to be wearing it in the office.
You can buy this shirt from prodirectsoccer.com on April 10.
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