Bayern Munich is a club full of rich, colorful history along with long-lasting traditions. Their kits have evolved significantly over the years, but Bayern has always made efforts to celebrate and reflect on the past with unique, special addition retro kits. Adidas has officially released yet another iconic retro Bayern kit that pays homage to years past, and Javi Martinez took to social media to model the new strip:
Specifically, this new release pays homage to the home kits that were worn by Bayern all the way back in 1928, when the German Football Championship had regional winners compete in playoffs to determine who won the title. That year, Bayern won the Süddeutsche Meisterschaft as champions of the Southern German regional league, but they ultimately lost 8-2 in the semi-finals against Hamburg SV. The jersey is already available to purchase on Bayern’s official store web site.
The retro long-sleeve cotton kit features one of Bayern’s first team crests comprised of the blue and white Bavarian flag patterns with the word “Bayern” just above it. As was often the case with sporting kits in the mid to late 1920s, the v-neck collar features adjustable lacing at the front to allow for tightening or loosening the collar itself. Another unique, characteristic feature of the kit reminiscent of the 1920s is the thick red cuffs at the end of both sleeves, complementing the bold red collar and lacing as well as the red and white vertical stripe pattern across the front and back of the kit.
In the 1969 version, we saw a slightly modernized (in relative terms) version of the 1928 kit, as it was virtually the same aside from the long sleeves, collar, and cuffs (pictured below in black and white.) Bonus points if anyone can guess which match this was from!
Ironically enough, Javi Martinez’s post modeling the retro, 1928 kit coincides with the release of Bayern’s short film paying homage to Uli Hoeness entitled “Servus Uli - A Life Dedicated to FC Bayern,” as he officially steps down from his presidency this Friday.
Danke fur alles, Uli!