Great one-offs – Barcelona third shirt, 2001-02

As we saw in a recent article, Barcelona used both red and blue change shirts for much of the 1980s.

Kappa and then Nike began to use different hues such as aqua, orange, silver and gold, but in 2002 the Catalan club took to the field in a third kit which employed the two primary colours.

In the second group stage of the 2001-02 Champions League, Barça found themselves drawn with Liverpool, Roma and Galatasary.

At Anfield, they wore their gold change shirts but, as the red shorts and socks clashed with Liverpool’s, the home sets were used.

Then, after Christmas, for the trip to Rome, the default away strip was approved for use, but as Roma had a halved European shirt, it was a real mess.

Presumably, given that Galatasaray have similar colours to Roma, UEFA told Barcelona to come with something else for the trip to Istanbul, and so they did, a blue shirt with red and gold trim – in the same design as Rangers’ away kit that season – paired with the away shorts and socks.

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A Luis Enrique goal gave Barça a 1-0 win to ensure they topped the group (they would reach the semi-finals, losing to Real Madrid), but the strange thing was that Galatasaray changed kits for the game too, wearing all-white.

Incidentally, Barcelona and Galatasaray were also in the same group for the 2002-03 Champions League, but Barcelona’s new kit had royal shorts and so home kits were worn in both games.

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