Spanish football giants FC Barcelona may this season be seen in a new attire. The club is reportedly in the process to change the design of their team jersey – cheques replacing the stripes.
This time it is not the change in the kit supplier or sponsors but a major transition from the iconic vertical stripes to new and fresh checked design of the LaLiga champions.
According to Spanish media reports, the latest and upcoming Barcelona jersey design will lose the red and blue stripes in favour of a chequered design.
A photo featuring the mock-up design of the new Barcelona jersey is doing rounds on social media. The Nike shirt with logos of Rakuten and Beko, the club’s principal and sleeve sponsor respectively, has a chequered front topped with blue sleeves and collar.
The production of the new Barcelona jersey will begin shortly after receiving the formal nod from the club’s executive board.
??? Exclusiva!!! Así será la nueva camiseta Nike del Barça!!! A cuadros!!! Pronto empezará la producción y ayer ya la vieron algunos ejecutivos el FC Barcelona. Mi pronóstico es que arrasará!!! pic.twitter.com/AMuIniLMFm
— Joan Vehils (@jvehils) September 18, 2018
News of this apparent change in apparel has angered some Barcelona fans, but it is not the first time that Catalan giants have changed their stripes.
Their centenary shirt for the 1998-99 campaign saw the club opt for a half-and-half design, which was repeated again during Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge ten years later. For the 2015-16 campaign, Barca flips the stripes to horizontal hoops.