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MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 28:  Holger Badstuber of Bayern Muenchen reacts after the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena on April 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 28: Holger Badstuber of Bayern Muenchen reacts after the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena on April 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Towards the end of last season, Bayern introduced the new away kit. This is the "wow, that really looks orange, but supposedly it's neon-red" job that Badstuber is modeling above. It's the 2012-2013 away strip that we wore for one game at the end of last season.

OK, I wasn't a huge fan, but you understand they might want to mix it up sometimes. And the home kit is still going to be mostly red-based. What I didn't realize, until Bryce tipped me off today, is that the club has now released the new "third" jersey, which is primarily for European play.

It looks like this. Mostly black, white three-stripe shoulders, and that same orange-looking color as the trim. You can see that both towards the bottom of each sleeve, and in those diagonal stripes that come down across the chest.

I have to say, they're not really enticing me to trade up (the most recent Bayern shirt I have is from 2010-2011, I think). The color is strange enough, but those diagonal stripes and the glossy black on top of regular black look almost like armor. Maybe the idea is that the glare will reflect sunlight and blind our opponents?

At the end of the day, I guess it doesn't really matter what they're wearing. We've had pretty classic-looking kits the last 2 years and didn't win any trophies. Maybe it's time to do something wacky, and see if it will bring us some luck.