FC Barcelona's Home Kit Gets a Checkerboard Revamp in Honor of the Eixample District

A departure from its traditional stripes.

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FC Barcelona and Nike has just unveiled the team’s 2019-20 home jersey, the design this time having a surprise twist: the Blaugrana are deviating from its traditional blue and crimson stripes for a checkerboard design in the same colors. As per usual, the collar features the red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag.

The gridded pattern of the jersey is a shoutout to Barcelona’s Eixample District, a neighbourhood bustling with creativity. Many locals consider the gridded district to be the star of the city’s future. Explaining the rationale behind the design, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director Pete Hoppins said that “Barcelona is a club with a bold and adventurous philosophy and that resonates throughout the city.”

One of the 26-time La Liga winner’s star players Gerard Piqué also shared his thoughts on the new jersey: “The kit is something new and exciting,” he says. “It might be different, but it is 100 percent Barca and it is even better that the design represents the bond the club has with the supporters and the people who are driving the city forward.”

Aside from the checkerboard shirt, Barca’s home kit will also feature blue shorts and blue socks with a red-trim top. The full 2019-20 home kit will release June 3 in select countries, and globally on June 4. Visit the Nike store for your very own set.

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