A couple of days ago, I provided a review of the new FC Bayern Trikot. In itself, it is not so bad. Nothing much to do with the club, but minty fresh. However, there was something that I had not immediately noticed. Time to take another look.
Yes, as a design, it is not that bad. Once you get over the slightly strange colour scheme, you can live with it. As a long-time collector of FC Bayern Trikots, it would surely find a way into my ever-growing Sammlung that goes back to the early 1990s.
But now I am having serious doubts.
Fashion versus tradition
The mint-green and dark lilac combination has nothing to do with FC Bayern. There is no past connection, and no obvious link with tradition. But I simply passed this off as part of the new fashion trend. After all, it would not be the first case of a team stepping out on to the pitch in a completely random colour. Think about Real Madrid’s Barbie pink kit, or Barcelona’s flourescent yellow outfit that made them look like a bunch of road workers.
On their official page, the club have described it as a “streetwear look”. Indeed, this is the line often pushed out when fans are greeted by a colour that is, well, a little bit “out there”.
If the kids like it, even the traditionalists will give the designers a break. After all, we’ll just get something more normal next season.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) July 21, 2018
Random? Or not random at all?
Then, I saw it. Or rather, it was pointed out to me. It should have been obvious, but I clearly missed it. As, it appears, did everybody else. Was this colour selection as random as we might have first thought? Or was there something else at play? Was it not that random at all?
Take a look at these images of a Qatar Airways aircraft. Can you see what I see? It could just be a coincidence, of course. That pale mint-green colour, with dark lilac lettering.
— James Field (@AvGeekJames) July 17, 2018
Maybe it is just a coincidence. Maybe, out of the millions of colours one could have chosen for a completely random kit design, the designers stumbled upon this combo. Maybe. Um, yeah.
I have never refrained from voicing my opinion on the rampant commercialism in football. From meaningless pre-season tournaments through to sponsorship rows, the entire thing is both painful and insidious. To younger fans, this will mean nothing. Qatar, well, it is just some distant place. Sponsors, well, it is how it is. It is just business. But to older fans who remember more innocent days, it is like a virus.
I am only surprised that this new kit was not launched with white shorts, just to make the entire team look like eleven Qatar Airways 777-300ERs. Perhaps that would have been a little too obvious.
Business deals are all fine and dandy, but there needs to be some sense of perspective. I can let it go if the designers pick out a truly random colour scheme. That is how things are done these days, especially with the number of new designs that are churned out every season. I can get the need for pushing out something different, even a little weird. But when a colour scheme looks suspiciously like those of a sponsor’s livery, it is time to prick up our ears.
So much for the minty freshness. Some may accuse me of having a humour bypass, but right now the only taste I am getting is the vomit slowly rising to the back of my throat.