Midweek Mashup – Bayern Munich, 1995-96
Last year, we looked at how blue became an increasingly larger presence on the Bayern Munich kit during the 1990s.
The second big change came in 1995 as the club went for home shirt of red and blue vertical stripes with blue shorts, channelling the style of 1968.
Bayern would go on to win the UEFA Cup in the 1995-96 season. They began with a win over Lokomotiv Moscow, meaning a second-round tie with Raith Rovers of Scotland, who had navy shirts, white shorts and white socks, the latter clashing with Bayern’s.
Though Bayern were allowed to wear their white and red hooped socks against the likes of Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, here they were forced change, and they opted for the home socks from the previous kit – a similar style to the new set but with the three stripes lower on the leg.
Due to UEFA’s stricter rules on sponsorship, Bayern’s shirts in European games only had the Opel wordmark not the lightning-bolt-through-a-circle logo.
Domestically, things were back to normal – and if a change was needed, the new yellow, green and black away, not unlike the hex-busting kit worn at Kaiserslautern in 1983, was sufficient.
However, for the home game against Borussia Dortmund in March 1996, there was a curious change. Bayern had worn their default home kit in losing 3-1 at Westfalenstadion in October, but here they opted for red shorts instead of blue for the only time in the kit’s lifespan.
It resembled the look worn twice in 1990 when a special shirt was worn to mark the club’s 90th anniversary, and it’s a style the club returned to again for 2014-15, when they again donned red and blue stripes.