The new Barcelona Home Shirt has reverted to the traditional red and blue vertical stripe design with more red stripes than blue.  The sleeves start off blue, but hint at an echo to last years design by gradually merging into red, the right sleeve features the official La Liga LFP patch. The shirt has a striking v-neck collar that is yellow in colour at the front, and around the back of the neck the collar is yellow and red striped, this is the design of the Catalan flag a heritage the club are extremely proud of and like referred to in the design of their kits. Inside the shirt underneath the collar is lettering that reads Mes que un club that translates to 'More than a club', this references the fact that Barcelona FC is a symbol of Catalonian culture and has become a popular club motto.

In traditional football shirt style the front of the shirt is adorned with a Barcelona crest, the Nike swoosh logo in yellow and the sponsor printed in white.  For the first time in the clubs history Barcelona have got a commercial sponsor, Qatar Airways.  Up until the 2006 season the centre of the Barcelona shirt was traditionally plain as they refused to enlist a corporate sponsor. In 2006 they shocked the football world by announcing a deal in which they would have the UNICEF logo on their shirts.  In 2011 Barcelona went on to sign a deal with the Qatar Foundation, this is a non-profit organisation that focuses on education, science and community development.  However, for the first time ever the charity logo will be replaced with the commercial sponsor Quatar Airways.  Barcelona have maintained their deal with UNICEF alongside the Qatar group and the UNICEF logo is printed in yellow on the back of the shirt at the bottom.

Nike are committed to producing sportswear with a low environmental impact, and they claim the new Barcelona Home Shirt is their most technologically advanced ever. Unbelievably Nike football kits are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles with a full Barcelona kit being made from a maximum of 13 bottles.  Since 2010 over 1.1 billion plastic bottles have been melted down and made into the recycled polyester that has produced millions of football kits.  The fabric in a Barcelona kit weighs no more than 150g this is significantly lighter than last seasons kit, the light weight and Nike's unique Dri-fit technology aims to keep the wearer cool and dry increasing performance and wear ability.

What do you think, do you like the new Barcelona Home Shirt?

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