Dressed to Impress: The Last 10 Years in Bayern Kits

Alexander Hassenstein

As two German sides gear up for the match to end all matches, let's take a look back at Bayern's last ten years of kits

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Before we begin our review of the last decade in kits, I feel it's important to point out that those ten years began with a major change for Bayern. Long-time kit sponsors and car manufacturers Opel were being replaced with German communications giant T-Mobile, who has their name on FCB's kits to this day. Perhaps unfortunately, we lost a whole generation of dodgy photo shoots involving economically priced family automobiles in exchange for odd promotional material featuring Franck Ribery apparently seeing a smartphone for the first time. Also, the club's crest was slightly altered to now exclude the "e.V." on the bottom. Anyhow, Telekom's tenure began with a continuation of an Opel template from the year before for the home kit.


Home: Remember, same as the previous season's, which was not always, err, different enough from their opponent's kits. Also, this kit is notable in that it is the first one in a very, very long time to not really include any red.

Change: White with Telekom-themed gray trim and company-colored sponsor detail.

European: Same template as the change kit but red/navy blue and with CL flock, meaning no "Bayern München" above the name/number.


Home: This Arsenal-esque kit was merely a continuation of our different colored sleeves theme by other means.

The change and European kits were not altered for this season.


Home: Same shirt as the previous season in general with a few changes; the sponsor logo now read "T-Com" and this is the year in which the stars above the crest designating Bundesliga titles were added.

Change: Oh boy, where to start with this one. Not that Bayern are strangers to adventurous, yellow-tinted tops, but this one felt like less of an homage to Brazil and more like Adidas' German kit-designing division picked the wrong New Orleans Saints game to watch several years prior.

European: The say that once you go black, you never go back. Well, since trying out a black kit in the mid-nineties, they hadn't. Nearly a decade later, though, a new theme in Bayern kits was born; the black alternate.


Home: Because Sammy Kuffour's "Wir brauchen rot-weiße Trikots" rant really resonated with all parties involved in designing Bayern kits, we ended up with two seasons of what amounted to a replica of early-1980's collar adventurism to open the Allianz Arena. The crest was placed inside of the same silvery background that the team used notably on their 1996 UEFA Cup-winning white kit but also sporadically throughout the 1970's and 80's. Sometimes this kit was worn with white shorts, others with red.

The change and European kits remained unchanged.


The home kit didn't change, as per Bayern's general "2 years per kit" rule of thumb.

Change: Definitely one of the more ambitious efforts in the years leading up to its use. Modern-style trim that extended all the way to the end of the collar and also wrapped around the back of the shirt completed the look.

European: Back to dark red, or maroon as it probably is. This kit was most notably worn when Roy Makaay set the record for quickest goal scored in a European competition with his goal against Real Madrid in the 10th second of play.


Home: While design blueprints have since been released as for where the inspiration for these kits came from, they were truly a step in a different direction for the club. Faint sublimation on shirts from the 1980's not withstanding, this was the only time the club had sported horizontal stripes aside from the 1998-2000 kits. Oh and how about those socks?!?

The change kit did not, um, change.

European: Hey! These look familiar!


Home: While it is the same as the previous year's shirt, another star was added atop the existing three after the previous season's Bundesliga title.

Change: Black with grey piping and a collar. Though it was intended to be used in league play, most will remember this shirt from a particular evening in Manchester a year later.

European: Solid white with bright red stripes. Very conservative and traditional. Also, one of the best looking shirts in recent memory.


Home: A classy rot-weiße kit, just like Kuffour recommended. This shirt propelled Bayern all the way to within a win of the Treble.

The change kit remained the same.

European: A fun little number that brought the red and white of the previous year's European shirt together with the gray of the first change shirt of this recap.


Home: These were first worn in the UCL Final against Inter and the DFB-Pokal Finale versus Werder Bremen at the end of the previous campaign, two matches the club would fail to reach for two seasons. These were a throwback to the beginning of the club's modern successful period in the early 1970's and to commemorate the 110th anniversary of FCB.

Change: These weren't the best. Besides they were cursed! Cursed! CURSED!

European: A bit if a nod to these from the 80's with the horizontal striping. Not too bad overall.


Home: Golden stripes and silver medals with this kit. It was worn, however, in the record breaking 2012-13 Bundesliga campaign as well as various Champions League successes throughout its life.


European: A bit of a Prussian look with this shirt.


The primary kit didn't change, going back to the two-years-per-kit rule that had been broken by the striped shirt of two years ago.

Change: Infrared! Once, against Werder Bremen, the team even wore infrared shorts. That was a good day. They also clinched the title in this kit.

European: Infrared chest fireworks! The silver numbers and sponsor are unique to this shirt as well.

New Kit: This may be worn in the CL Finale a la 2010, but that didn't work out so well. Of course, the current red kit doesn't have a great Finale track record either, so we'll see what the club does.

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