Barcelona unveiled the club’s new home kit for the 2021-22 season on Tuesday. Youngsters Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig helped launch the new strip at an event at the Camp Nou.
The new shirt uses the club’s traditional blaugrana stripes but also features a design inspired by the club crest. Barcelona offered some insight with a statement on the club’s official website.
“Barça’s new strip makes the maximum use of the club crest. On the front, at chest height, fans will find the St George Cross, representing the patron saint of Barcelona and the Senyera (the striped Catalan flag),” read the statement. “Two elements that define the club’s identity and its ties to city and country, but reimagined in this particular instance in the famous blaugrana colours, while the traditional vertical stripes feature below, albeit somewhat stylised to give them a more modern look.
Barcelona also showed off stars inculding Gerard Pique and Ilaix Moriba in the new jersey.
The kit comes with “a halved blaugrana design” and the socks are also in traditional colors but in stripes rather than halves.
Antoine Griezmann, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, who are all away at the 2020 European Championship, have also been pictured in the new kit.
The kit will be worn in La Liga next season but not in the Champions League. Barca will reportedly wear a special edition shirt for Europe’s top competition in 2021-22. The shirt will feature stripes that are “light red (not scarlet) and blue tones,” according to Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo.
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Memphis Depay Shirt Appears on Barcelona’s Website
Barcelona’s new kit will be headline news on Tuesday but last season’s effort also caught the eye on Sunday. Eagle-eyed visitors to the club’s website spotted shirts with Memphis Depay’s name had been on sale.
The page was quickly taken down, as Memphis Depay remains a Lyon player until his contract officially expires at the end of the June. The Netherlands international is expected to move to the Camp Nou but a deal has not yet been announced.
Journalist Matteo Moretto reported on Monday the final details of the transfer have been finalized with the Dutchman tipped to arrive at the Camp Nou on a free transfer after featuring for the Netherlands at the European Championship.
All Change at Barcelona For 2021-22?
Depay will be one of several new players at the club next season. The club has already confirmed that Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, and Emerson Royal have all completed moves to the Camp Nou.
Teenage striker Ansu Fati will also be available after missing almost the entirety of the last campaign because of ongoing knee injuries. The teenager has said he is hoping to make it back in time for pre-season training.
Coach Ronald Koeman will take charge of Barcelona for a second season but has reportedly been told to play “more offensive football” at the Camp Nou by president Joan Laporta.
Captain Lionel Messi is also expected to remain at the club. The Argentine is out of contract at the end of June but will sign a two-year contract extension, according to Diario AS.
Yet there could be further changes elsewhere with Barca reportedly willing to sell a host of players this summer to raise funds. Players such as Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, and Miralem Pjanic are among several stars the club will sell provided acceptable offers arrive.
Barca won the Copa del Rey in 2020-21 but ended the season in third place in La Liga, seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid, and was knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.