We begin our look back at Bayern's kits at a juncture in the club's history where they were once again switching shirt sponsors. The first kit sponsors in team history were Adidas from 1974-78, who more or less had the effect of making it seem as if the players were outfitted in t-shirts. Classy, winning t-shirts that is. Next came truck company Magirus Deutz on a five-year deal from 1978-1981 before that company merged with IVECO, which landed 'IVECO' with a subscript of 'Magirus' on the fronts of the shirts. Some pretty funny photo-shoots occurred in this time as well. More on that when we get to Opel. Starting in 1984, Commodore Computers began another five-year deal that lasted until 1989 Sometimes there were blue shorts. Sometimes there were shorts with stripes on them around the waist. It was an odd time. This is when car manufacturers Opel entered a long-term arrangement with the club and this is also when we pick up our guided tour through FC Bayern kit history.
Change: More or less just an inversion of the home.
Change II: Really the same as the home but with white cuffs and collar trim, as sported here by Stefan Reuter. This should remind you of the shirts Bayern won the CL with in 2001, the only differences being a slightly updated crest and a different Adidas logo.
Change III: Worn on the final matchday when Bayern celebrated their title, this was a tad futuristic in comparison to their normal kits.
Opel Anniversary: Well well well, this happened didn't it. Monocles, top-hats, and horseless carriages included.
All kits remained unchanged. The Opel anniversary kit wasn't worn this season.
All kits remained unchanged.
DFB SuperCup: These are in the pattern of Germany's 1994 World Cup outfit.
The kits were unchanged and the SuperCup shirt was not worn again.
Change: Remained unchanged, unfortunately.
Change: Cup Final shirt from previous season
Home: This has to be the least Bayern München shirt of the lot. It's navy blue, with a dash of red across the chest. Maybe as a change kit this would have been acceptable, but who are we kidding. It was the 90's.
Change: Same as previous/Cup Final
Change: This particular shirt, which is really comfortable to wear (if you own one you know what I'm talking about) debuted as the world was partying like it 1999. Not enough shoulder padding for Prince, but sort of stylish.
Change II: :'(
Change: Same as previous
Change II: Same as previous but with white lettering this time around.
Home: Bordeaux red with grey around the edges. A nice shirt, but paired with the grey shorts it cam off a bit too Nürnberg-ish for my taste.
Change: Didn't change.
Change II: Didn't change, didn't change.
Home: Now we move into the T-Mobile era. The 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 in the shades we're most familiar with.
Change: White with Telekom-themed gray trim and company-colored sponsor detail.
Stadtderby: Bayern printed the T-Mobile logo on their classic 2001 CL-winning shirt for the special occasion of playing the other Munich team, you know, the one that Mehmet Scholl so likes to score against.
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: They 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 backgroundd 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.
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.
The change kit remained the same.
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: STILL CURSED.
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.
Home: This glorious shirt was worn when Bayern won the Champions League, Pokal, Bundesliga (twice), SuperCup, Club World Cup, and for the momentous Paulaner Cup triumph, their third in a row.
Third: Are we Inter Milan? No. Throw these in the trash.
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