Barcelona revealed their away kit for the 2022-23 season which, like the home jersey, is inspired by the 1992 Olympic Games, but they’ve taken it to the next level.
The design of the new alternate uniform also draws influence from the Summer Olympics held 30 years ago, held in Barcelona and saw the city undergo a major transformation as a series of New buildings, places and public spaces are created.
While the home kit pays homage to the city’s transformation, the away kit is an ultimate reward for athletes competing at the Olympics: the Gold medals are awarded to the winners.
According to the manufacturer Nike, this is a testament to the “endurance, ambition and effort” required to top the podium. It also features five colors of the famous Olympic rings on the sleeve hem.
The ruffled texture knitted into the material is actually a map of the city of Barcelona after its Olympic upgrade and includes the districts of Eixample, Montjuic and Barceloneta.
13 points behind the champion Real Madrid in La Liga and ending last season without a trophy, Barca will no doubt hope that their new away kit will help usher in a new golden era at Camp Nou.
Many clubs have tried the same approach to success by releasing gold kits, although not all of them have been able to live up to the bold approach.
5⃣ Del Piero scored twice at Real Madrid in 2008, including this glorious endeavor
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 8, 2021
It makes Alessandro Del Piero look like a million dollars but Juventus’ gold away kit will forever be synonymous with a poor season. The old lady is second behind rivals Inter Milan in Serie A while also having a club-level record of seven consecutive games without a win between April and May. However, all is not doom and gloom, like veteran Del Piero wearing a gold suit when he single-handedly destroys Real Madrid at the Bernabéu in the Champions League group stage.
#On this day in the year 2002…
A golden moment from @ PiresRobert7 against Aston Villa
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 17, 2022
After finishing runner-up Manchester United In both the Premier League and FA Cup in the 2000-01 season, Arsenal abandoned the silver medal mindset and opted to step out of the bad yellow kit next season. It certainly looks to pay off as the Gunners usurp reigning champions United for a league and cup double, with Robert Pires among the glittering Gunners of gold.
An attempt to regain the glory then came in 2015-16 with a new gold away kit inspired by the 2001-02 trophy but the old magic could not be rekindled and certain enough. The club completed the campaign empty-handed after failing to fend off both. Their FA Cup and catch up with the shocking champions Leicester City in the title chase.
Manchester United (2001-02)
Return Man United’s white & gold reversible 1st February away kit! 😍
They don’t make them like this anymore… pic.twitter.com/QP1uSeESrH
– Pin accumulator (@FootyAccums) May 30, 2017
Apparently a good year for the golden kit, United launched their own dazzling design in the same season this also has the added quirk of being reversible. One side of the home shirt is white and the other is pale yellow, thus combining the club’s away and third jersey into one. However, the uniform did not save Sir Alex Ferguson’s side from a bad campaign in which they finished third in the Premier League after an early exit from the Champions League and both domestic cups.
Do not be disturbed by auspicious omens. United brought the yellow away kit back for 2019-20 although a modern overhaul has seen a metallic snakeskin print added to the mix. The official tone is called “Savannah,” It could well have been bronze though, as United finished third in the league while also being knocked out of the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League in the semi-finals.
16 years is nothing! On October 29, 2002, Andrés Iniesta was officially christened in a Barcelona shirt at the hands of Louis Van Gaal. Result? Win 1-0 with Riquelme’s goal against Bruges for #CHAMPIONSxESPN. pic.twitter.com/FWO9FwdR9O
– SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) October 29, 2018
Barcelona themselves are no stranger to gold away kits with the best example – at least from an aesthetic point of view – being 2001-02 . panel set worn by the likes of Rivaldo, Javier Saviola and Xavi as the Catalan side finished in a meager fourth place in LaLiga. The shiny uniform was then kept but downgraded to a third kit for 2002-03 with the addition of Juan Roman Riquelme and a youth player. Andres Iniesta Their ratings have seen Barca finish sixth in the league – thus signaling a long overdue removal of their cursed strip.