The wait is over. The new Barça kit for the 2011/12 season, bearing the Qatar Foundation logo, was presented yesterday during a ceremony at the Nou Stadium in Barcelona.
Sportswear giant and FC Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike treated an audience of dignitaries, guests and media, including a delegation from Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), to a presentation for the launch of the shirt that the La Liga champions will wear next season.
The highly anticipated FC Barcelona Nike 2011/12 home and away kits were officially launched on Tuesday night Spanish time on the club’s website featuring modeling from club captain Carlos Puyol and striker Pedro.
The new Barça kit for the 2011/12 season will look more modern, will continue to show concern for the environment and maintains the traditional colours. But the shirt has more vertical stripes than ever (as many as eleven) and on the inside there is a graphic with the words ‘Tots units fem força’ (together we are stronger) taken from the club anthem. Apart from the addition of the name of the sponsor, Qatar Foundation, the shirt also has the narrowest stripes ever to appear on the shirt.
As announced previously, on the front of the shirt and in the same yellow as the Catalan flag, appears the name of the sponsor, Qatar Foundation, while the Unicef logo has been moved to the lower back.
The shorts are blue with a yellow line on the side. The socks are blue and include a mesh in the shape of three rings and printed with the letters FCB in the yellow of the Catalan flag on the calf.
Black away strip
One of the other big changes for the new season is the colour of the second strip, which unlike the last six years, will not be a bright, vivid colour. The shirt, shorts and socks will be completely black. On the back there is a small embossed inscription in black and dark grey silicone that represents the same design of the Catalan flag, the ‘Senyera’.
Casual and training gear
For the first time, Nike and FC Barcelona are also launching a new collection of casual clothes (EXPRESS line), characterised by authentic symbols and details from club history. There are sweatshirts, shirts, rugby tops and jackets carrying the name of ‘Barça’ in gold. There are also shirts with an FC Barcelona heart composed of Barça coloured ribbons on the chest.
Training garments will also be available (TRAIN line) for the players to feel comfortable and perform better thanks to new technologies. Also on offer is Nike Dri-Fit technology to keep dry and cool when it is hot and humid. Mid-Layer is used in the cold and the waterproof Performance Shell shirt will keep the players dry.
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