Midweek Mashup – Bayern Munich, 1997

We have already covered the two alternative looks sported by Bayern Munich with their home shirts in 1995-96, but the following season brought a third derivative.

In March 1997, Bayern travelled to face newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld, just three days after a 5-2 loss against Bayer Leverkusen.

That defeat had seen a socks-clash allowed, but for the trip to Bielefeld – white shirts, blue shorts, blue socks – Bayern changed their shorts.

The red versions of their first-choice blue set, which featured in the article linked at the top, were in the Bayern catalogue for 96-97 (‘Home Short II’)…

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…but perhaps they weren’t to hand. In any case, Bayern wore the white shorts from their away kit.

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The new look wasn’t a talisman for Bayern though, as they suffered their second straight loss – though only their third of the league campaign – going down 2-0.

It would be their last setback as well, however, going undefeated in the final 12 matches to claim the Bundesliga for the first time since 1992-93. For the presentation of the trophy, they wore their new kit for 1997-98, featuring navy shirts with a red band.

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