The Never-Worn: Bayern Munich 1996-97 third

For the second leg of the 1995-96 Uefa Cup final against Bordeaux, Bayern Munich launched a new kit.

Domestically, the yellow, green and black change strip was in its third season so as to allow for the staggering of home and away launches in alternate years. In addition, during the European run they had worn a plain white offering with red trim.

Having won the first leg 2-0 at the Olympiastadion, Bayern took the field in France in another white outfit, which took inspiration from a style used (as a second- and then first-choice) in the early 1970s.

The kit enjoyed a winning start, a 3-1 victory securing a 5-1 aggregate scoreline, and it became the second kit for the next two seasons (with the shorts used with the home shirt on one occasion).

In addition, Bayern and adidas came up with a reversed version, which was planned to be used as a third kit in Europe.

However, Bayern’s defence of the Uefa Cup only lasted one tie as they went down on a 3-1 scoreline against Valencia.

Seemingly, just one set of the kit was produced, with the names above the numbers (unlike the Bundesliga, where the names were below the digits with the club name above) and the Opel wordmark wasn’t accompanied by the ‘lightning’ logo, as per Uefa rules – and so the kit wasn’t called on.

The following season, 1997-98, Bayern opted for a dark navy home strip, making a black kit all but redundant and diminishing any chance of it making it on to the pitch.

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