Joshua: Robben retirement
My favorite jersey is a bit of a cheat jersey, but for me, it holds a special spot in my heart. It’s the Arjen Robben retirement special edition kit. Those numbers are just something utterly spectacular. Apart from the fact I liked the home jersey of that year, it’s the special connect that Robben gave me in regards to Bayern Munich that makes it all the worthwhile for being my favorite Bayern jersey of all time. If it was not for Arjen Robben, I would’ve be a Bayern fan nor would i be writing for BFW. I mean, just look at this stunning kit.
Teddy Son: likewise!
I was in Germany for the last two games of last season, a crucial period that would determine how many trophies the team would be lifting. We all know how it went: Bayern needed at least a point to secure the title, and we did so much more by blowing Eintracht Frankfurt out of the water 5-1. It was Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery’s last home game as well, and they turned their careers into fairy tales by both scoring. Needless to say, watching in the Arena, I was beside myself with joy. Since it was such a special occasion, I ordered Robben’s “highlight numbers” for this particular shirt in the megastore, numbers that had pictures of each player’s greatest moments with the club. To this day, these small pictures serve as fond reminders for me of Robben’s time with us. I almost never even wear this shirt at all, preferring to keep it on my wall as a “shrine.” But there were times that I did wear it, yes there were. A week from that victory against Eintracht, I was in the Olympiastadion wearing this shirt, watching us redeem ourselves for the previous year’s Pokal final defeat by beating RB Leipzig 3-0. It was one of the happiest nights of my life. This shirt is laced with so many memories, it’s probably not a surprise that it takes top spot in my collection.
Russ: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 1980/81
The jersey for me is the early 80’s long sleeved red Iveco Magirus home jersey from the early 80’s. It is what I am wearing in my profile pic with KHR’s number on it (11). It was comfortable and KHR was my guy. Bought the jersey at an exhibition game in Austria in the early 80’s. Loved it so much I went to our league to get permission to wear it in the play off final (our uni was red) thus leading to the pic of me drinking champagne in it.
Fergus Tong: Müller 120th anniversary
The strip is beautifully simplistic, and aesthetically pleasing, with just two base colours. Furthermore, it is a reminder of Bayern’s long and illustrious history. As for why Muller should be on the back of it: he scored the winner in Bayern’s only matchup in the strip, and resonates more than anyone on the squad with Bayern’s history and it’s ideology - all of which the strip represents.
Alberto Campos: Robben 2012
I think the golden accents make it a really elegant kit. I also think that Finale Dahoam was a really good incentive, not only for Robben (him missing a crucial PK) but for the whole team. And I prefer it over the next year’s kit, the one he scored the decisive goal in, not only because I find it more beautiful, but because it was worn in a legendary season (even though not in the final, but in the journey there).
Tom Adams: Lewandowski 2016/17
My favorite jersey is the home 2016/2017 kit, the one with the collar. I have Robert Lewandowski on the back and I’ve always loved that most of our kits have “Bayern München” on the back just under Mia San Mia. Normally, I’m open for debate on the presence of a collar, but this jersey hold too much sentimental value for me. It was an interesting Bundesliga season, too, with RB Leipzig leading for large portions of the beginning of the season, but obviously Bayern went on to win the league and the DFB-Pokal under Pep Guardiola. Oh, yeah, we also got screwed over by Real Madrid in the Champions League, what a shocker.
I have a very hard time choosing “all-time” favorites, whether players or jerseys (or anything really). For this piece, well, I’ll pick Gerd Müller wearing the simple and classic red adidas jersey that Bayern wore in the mid 1970s, from about 1974/75 to 1976/1977.
I like this jersey because it is simple. I don’t mind the corporate logo, since adidas is obviously a very big part of Bayern’s history. The only negative, I’d say, is that it lacks a club crest on the chest. That apparently wasn’t a given when Bayern (and other clubs) began selling jersey sponsoring rights. The crest reappears on the 1979/80 jersey, but I don’t really care for the Magirus Deutz logo.