Continuing the Sports Jersey Week theme at SBNation, we bring you the top five of Bayern Munich’s away kits over the years. To make it clear, this will apply strictly to Away kits only, which means all the Third/Champions league kits and special kits are automatically out of contention to narrow the scope down to a single category.
Given the sheer amount of amazing jerseys the club has been blessed with — especially in the non-home kits department— it is quite natural for the fanbase to have a wide range of favourites. So bear with us on our take of five of the best away kits of Bayern Munich.
NOTE: The kits will be in chronological order as the ranks will be decided by the readers in the poll, at the end of the article.
1. The 1973/74 Away Kit
Used in the previous season as a third kit and looking familiar to the then Olympique Lyonnais home kits, Bayern rocked this white kit with a red and blue stripe running vertically on the right hand side — Lyon had a similar stripe albeit on the left hand side — during the start of Bayern’s European domination.
Under Udo Lattek, the 73/74 season would mark the first of three back-to-back European Cup victories for Bayern. This shirt would see the likes of club legends Schwarzenbeck, Uli Hoeness, Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner,Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Müller and Franz Beckenbauer — some of who would go on to become legends of the game.
This kit design would make a comeback as the away kit for the seasons 1996/97 and 1997/98, which under manager Giovanni Trapattoni saw the club win a Bundesliga trophy, Pokal and a Liga-Pokal. The squad once again filled to the brim with elite talents such as Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthaus, Mehmet Scholl, Mario Basler, Didi Hamann , Giovane Elber, Bixente Lizarazu,Christian Nerlinger and Jürgen Klinsmann to name a few.
2. The 2006-2008 Away kit
All whites have always been the staple away kits for Bayern. However the 2006/07 away kit took the all white and added clever bits of design — a red ribbon accompanied by a black border ran from the collar to both the shoulders before curving downwards and dancing its way down along the seams, coupled with the iconic Adidas three stripe piping in a contrasting dark blue. The central placement of the Adidas logo made it all the more fashionable. It was a good move by Bayern to stick with this kit for two seasons.
Bayern were going through a transitional phase during these couple of years. Ottmar Hitzfeld would take over as manager from Felix Magath before the completion of the trophy-less 06/07 season. Nine players were released at the end of the season including the retirement of club legend Mehmet Scholl.
The 2007/08 season saw Luca Toni, Franck Ribery, Miroslav Kose, Hamit Altintop, Ze Roberto among the nine replacements brought in along with promotions of youth players Sandro Wagner and Toni Kroos. Bayern’s performance improved dramatically as the club won the domestic double and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn would retire at the end of the 2008 season as a legend of the game.
3. The 2008-10 Away kit
Another great kit that deserved its stay of two seasons. Colored in a dark shade of navy blue, it had glossy icicle shaped stripes of a lighter shade running diagonally across its front with the iconic Adidas 3 stripe piping running along the full length of the sleeves and the outer seam of the shorts. All in all a clean and refreshing design.
The 2008/09 season would witness the appointment, disappointment and later sacking of Jürgen Klinsmann as the manager. Jupp Heynckes would return at the helm as caretaker after nearly 18 years as Bayern’s manager.
After a trophyless 2008/09 season and the sacking of the inexperienced Klinsmann, Bayern had made a crucial decision to appoint Dutchman Louis Van Gaal as head coach for the 2009/10 season. A season in which Bayern would win the domestic double and nearly miss out on the continental treble falling short of Jose Mourinho’s air tight Inter Milan side in the Champions League final in Madrid.
An important season in the club’s modern history, the 09/10 season would see the rise of youth products Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba as well the signing of a one Arjen Robben. The “prozesstrainer” Van Gaal would go on to lay the groundwork for the beautiful style of football Bayern continues to play to date — refined over the years by Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and now Hansi Flick.
4. The 2016/17 Away kit
A simple yet elegant design, black with two different shades of gray running diagonally across the front. Piping in form of Adidas’ iconic stripes in contrasting bright orange complete this kit and the routing of Arsenal in London marking the most memorable game in it.
2016/17 was the first and only complete season under manager Carlo Ancelotti after the departure of Pep Guardiola to Manchester City. The DFL-Supercup and Bundesliga would be the only trophies of this season after losing to eventual champions Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final of the Pokal.
In the Champions League Bayern would lose in the Quarter-finals to eventual champions Real Madrid — the first in two consecutive seasons that Real would beat Bayern thanks in no small part to a truckload of luck and questionable refereeing. Club legend and captain Phillip Lahm would retire at the end of the 16/17 season.
5. The 2017/18 Away kit
A throwback to the 1997-99 home kits and arguably one of the most handsome kits ever made for FC Bayern, Adidas followed up the previous away kit’s key elements — simple and the right combination of colours in the right proportions. A navy blue kit with red accents and three horizontal red stripes, with the middle stripe being much wider than the rest to accommodate the kit sponsor. Nothing too flashy or out of place, just simple good colors and a clean layout. A perfect modernisation of a classic fan favourite.
Another intermediate manager change was awaiting Bayern in the 17/18 season. Bayern parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti and brought Jupp Heynckes out of retirement, for his second spell as Bayern’s caretaker — the first spell, nearly nine seasons before.
The Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup would again be the only trophies of this season as, Eintracht Frankfurt under future Bayern coach Niko Kovac would beat Bayern in the Pokal finals. Bayern would again lose to Real Madrid, this time in the semi-finals of the Champions League where once again questionable refereeing and luck would play spoilsport.
Jupp Heynckes would finish his fourth and final spell with Bayern as Bundesliga champions for the sixth consecutive year; a first in the club’s rich history.
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The 1973/74 Away Kit
The 2006-2008 Away kit
The 2008-10 Away kit
The 2016/17 Away kit
The 2017/18 Away kit
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