Bayern Munich’s Champions League third kit for this season has been officially released and is now available for purchase on the club’s official shop web site. While it’s been released as the Champions League jersey, it will also serve as the club’s alternate away kit in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal if the conflicting colors of opponents require it.
Consistent with the kit leak that came out approximately three and half weeks ago, the jersey is another addition to Adidas’s unique partnership with Parley, an organization engaging in collaborative efforts to help reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans. Much like Bayern’s alternate, pre-match training top, the third kit is made entirely from recycled plastic materials from the ocean. To quote myself from the kit leak a few weeks ago:
In this new kit, the blue/grey color looks a lot like the grey pattern that was on the upper portion of Bayern’s away kits for the 2016/2017 season, which brings back fond memories of absolutely thrashing Arsenal 5-1 at the Emirates in the Champions League. Instead of a solid base color, though, this kit features subtle, contrasting, pixelated-type pattern throughout the front, back, and sleeves of the kit.
While I refer to the primary color as grey, the club’s official press release describes it as “steel-grey,” so we owe it to the club and all of the fans to get that 100% right.
And the close attention to detail from Adidas:
Additionally, there’s a white stripe pattern that runs the length of the jersey on either side, below the sleeves; it’s more visible in the first picture above (on the left). The collar is also a shade of gray that’s darker than the base of the kit; it mimics the darker of the two shades in pixelated pattern throughout the jersey; a unique, sleek method of matching from Adidas. Thankfully, too, for this new third kit, the team badge is in traditional colors, as opposed to the monochromatic badges that are on the away kit and the new training tops - most people really don’t like the monochromatic badges.
Have a look-see:
More pictures from the club's official release:
Bayern Munich have made leaps and bounds with their sustainability projects and efforts in recent years, leading by example as both an incredibly successful sporting franchise and a brand. They recently received an environmental award for their reusable plastic cup initiative and have future plans in the works for solar panels in the parking garages outside of the Allianz Arena. Per Bayern’s official press release, Mats Hummels, as the environmental ambassador, commented on the new jersey and the club’s efforts in preventing plastic waste:
I think everyone in our society has become aware of the need to protect our planet. By 2050, the weight of plastic in the oceans could weigh more than the entire fish stock if we don’t manage to dispose of plastic better and ultimately reuse it. The Parley kit is an example to the world of sport. Adidas has tackled the important issue of ecology here in a responsible and creative way.
Join the fight with Parley
Parley is comprised of recording artists, entertainers, athletic brands, and many other groups and individuals alike to create projects and events to help raise awareness. To help the cause, you can join and signup for their newsletter here , every little bit helps.
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