By Ade C.
Tot el camp
es un clam,
som la gent blau grana…
Blaugrana. Blue-red. The colours of Barça had to be the colours of my favourite kit, without a doubt. But which one of the many blaugrana kits should I choose to write about above all others? After all, there isn’t much you can do with our traditional stripes to make them innovative, unless you decide to spill a bottle of ketchup over your laundry, à la Athletic de Bilbao circa 2004.
But Nike, perhaps in compensation for having made loyal Barça fans suffer through a string of eye-searing away kits, made an effort in 2008 to bring something new to a team that dearly needed it…
Simple and clean, the very essence of blaugrana, if you will. No frills, no nonsense, no silly collars, just one block of blue, one block of red, and a touch of yellow to echo the gold of the Barcelona crest .
It was a break from seasons upon seasons of stripes of varying widths, but it was also a sentimental call-back to the Centenary Shirt of 1998, also made of two halves, and modelled then by Pep Guardiola, a man who was making his return to the Camp Nou, although not to wear a kit again.
See the resemblance?