The Evolution of the Barcelona Jersey

Futbol Club Barcelona was founded in 1899 by soccer pioneer Joan Gamper who placed an ad in a local paper and garnered the attention of 11 other enthusiasts. The club has since transformed into the second most valuable football organization in the world and is one of the most popular clubs around the globe.

Barcelona History

From their beginning, Barcelona has enjoyed success in the highest level football league in Spain – La Liga. Along the way, their trophy case has become quite packed as well. In addition to 24 La Liga title wins (most recently in 2015-2016, and second only to rival club Real Madrid), Barcelona has nabbed 29 Copa del Rey championships and several Champions League Titles (most recently in 2014-2015).

Since this club has been around for over a century, its jerseys have understandably transformed throughout the decades. As you can imagine, Barcelona’s current star, Lionel Messi, doesn’t wear the uniform that players such as Paulino Alcántara donned in the early 20th century. However, the one constant feature has been the kit colors: blue and claret – a deep purplish-red color.

Read on to see the Barcelona kit changes that have taken place over time, in addition to how the club’s blue and claret stripes have evolved yet remained so starkly similar.

Barcelona Beginnings

1899: The first Barcelona jersey in 1899 is simple with stripes and a standard collar. It is comprised of four thick, alternating blue and claret stripes: one on each sleeve and two on the main body. Carles Comamala – a prolific goalscorer – is one of the players from these early days, replacing Barcelona founder, Gamper, when he retires from the field.

1920s: Barcelona adds a tie closure to the jersey’s neck, memorably sported by players such as Ramon Torralba Larraz – a 14-season legend. The kit also features more alternating stripes than previous versions, with several on the sleeves and body. The stripes on the primary section of the jersey remain similar today, despite a few variances.  

1925: The standard collars are replaced by a slight crew neck design, hence eliminating the tie closures, which do not make any future appearances on the Barcelona kit.

1969: The crew neck collar will remain a staple of the blue and claret jersey throughout many decades, dozens of players, and multiple seasons. In the late ’60s, the standard collar makes a comeback, and one player, Francisco Fernández “Gallego,” dons the kit proudly on his way through 11 seasons with Barça.

1982: Standard collars remain on the ’80s kits. Javier González Urruticoechea – a key player in the 1984-1985 season – is one player who not only sports the jersey but also gains the adoration of fans due to his charisma and monumental save that ensures Barcelona a league victory with four matches to go.

2000: At the turn of the century, a blast to the past occurs, with two thick stripes on the main body (one of each color) and solid dark blue sleeves. Vitor Borba Ferreira “Rivaldo” plays during this apparel shift and racks up goals despite not being a straight striker.

2002: The uniforms feature the previous thinner stripes and a brighter red compared to the old claret. However, this doesn’t last long. In 2007, the color returns to a deeper reddish-purple. Samuel Eto’o is a player for Barcelona who wears the brighter red jersey while being the league’s top scorer for the 2004-2005 season.

2013: Barcelona’s kit continues to evolve with a single red stripe down the center, flanked by blue sleeves. In 2015, Lionel Messi is seen in another kit design, featuring a subtle reversal of the classic blue and claret combo.

2016: The jersey appears more similar to previous versions, consisting of the standard blue stripe bordered by reds, then lined with blue sides and sleeves.

Whether you hope to catch Barcelona this upcoming season at Camp Nou or are rooting for them from the comfort of your home, you can grab your own Barça jersey at Fanatics.com.

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The 2017 UEFA Champions League Final

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Champions League Final

The Champions League Final is the most watched sporting event in the world with a global audience exceeding 350 million viewers. Arranged by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Champions League is a prestigious tournament that utilizes a complex coefficient system to determine which clubs can compete in the grand European Cup.

It’s time to transform into the soccer fanatic you truly are. Here’s everything you need to know to be prepared for the 2017 Champions League Final. Read on!

Italian Side vs. Spanish Side

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The Spanish club Real Madrid and the Italian club Juventus have a history of going head-to-head with each other in the Champions League.

There’s no other way to look at it – both champions competing in the final leverage a real home-field advantage. A total of 18 Champions League matches have ensued between the competing teams: With nine of those games unraveling at Juventus Stadium, the other eight matches were hosted on Real Madrid’s world-famous stomping grounds, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. One round transpired on neutral turf.

“Juve,” “Juve,” “Juve!” is the enthusiastic chant that echoes throughout the sold out Juventus Stadium in an effort to galvanize the team. The Turin-based squad has claimed victory at six of its nine home matches and has scored 21 goals (an average of 1.17 per game) throughout the 18 showdowns. Conversely, Real Madrid won five of their eight home games with the tremendous support of die-hard Madridistas at their extravagant stadium. Real Madrid trails behind in total goals scored, with 18 shots passing the goaltender (one goal per game, on average).

Champions Route

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The journey to the Champions League Final is no walk in the park, so let’s see how the matches culminating to this imperative round went down.

Real Madrid defeated Napoli 3-1, with goals credited to Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Morata, and Dries Mertens shipping one right into his own team’s net. Next, in the quarterfinals, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo wreaked havoc on German team Bayern Munich by netting a total of five goals between both matches. The Meringues advanced to the semifinals, where they downed Atletico Madrid in return for a one-way ticket to the finals.

After achieving shutout success against both F.C. Porto and F.C. Barcelona, Juventus teammates are adamant in proving the durability of their back-line. We’ll even go as far as saying the team is a contender for the best defensive group in Champions League history. In the semi-finals, AS Monaco managed to break Juve’s back-line and ship one goal in – but it wasn’t enough to prevent La Fidanzata d’Italia (translation: “The Girlfriend of Italy”) from progressing to the finals.

Standout Strikers

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As the Champions League Final approaches, standout players from both the Spanish and Italian sides will leave everything they have on the field with one objective in mind: to hoist Ol’ Big Ears above their heads once again.

Looking to break their team’s 21-year Champions League drought: Dani Alves, Gonzalo Higuaín, and Paulo Dybala have their eyes set on the big prize. Italian football (soccer) has been attracting elite superstars as of late, and Juventus players hope to continue the trend by bringing home one of the highest accolades in European football.

🏆😙 #Juventus @juventus #Dybala #Higuaín @ghiguain20_9 @paulodybala #UCLfinal #championsleague

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If there’s one player you should direct your attention toward, make it Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese megastar is in peak condition and is showing no signs of slowing down in the concluding weeks of the season. Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema are the other Real Madrid players to be on the lookout for – both proving to be central pieces to Real Madrid’s success during their campaign.

@cristiano + @garethbale11 = 🏆 #Cristiano #Ronaldo #Bale #RealMadrid @realmadrid #championsleague #UCLfinal

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It All Comes Down to This

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