Dortmund’s European third kit
We must admit that we are fans of the usual kit approach of Borussia Dortmund.
Most seasons, the German club have a black change kit (generally trimmed in yellow, but with grey accents this season) and, with few teams other than Vitesse Arnhem having a home strip that is 50/50 yellow and black, Dortmund opt for another yellow shirt, to be used in cup competitions, rather than a ‘normal’ third kit.
These are the two offerings for 2019-20 as sold in the club shop:
Last season, they did have to nominate a third but opted for a burgundy kit in the Puma goalkeeper style which was only used by their custodians. That outfit is still part of their official options for this season’s Champions League but in practice their ‘third kit’ is more familiar.
On Wednesday night (October 23rd), Dortmund are away to Inter Milan. While the yellow shorts are sold with the cup shirt on the website, black shorts are nominated as first choice for Europe, and the two kits are considered a clash.Obviously, the black away isn’t feasible either but, rather than don the burgundy (officially classed as fifth-choice), they will instead wear the regular home shirt with the yellow shorts.
Obviously, the black away isn’t feasible either but, rather than don the burgundy (officially classed as fifth-choice), they will instead wear the regular home shirt with the yellow shorts.
In our view, it’s a sensible solution – avoiding a clash while still retaining the club colours.
As an Arsenal fan, we’ve often thought that a plain red shirt – harking back to a historical look – would be a good way of dealing with the situation of having to change away to teams in white, but it’s unlikely to ever happen.
What are your views? Is it overkill to have two shirts in the same colours or is it a clever approach? Comment below or on Twitter @museumofjerseys.
3 thoughts on “Dortmund’s European third kit”
I like the Dortmund approach. I also like the idea of having interchangeable goalkeeper and outfield shirts, much like Roma did with Kappa at one point.
As a Southampton fan, I would love to see the following selection in use:
Red and white;
There would be no distinction between goalkeeper or outfield – the days of padded long sleeve goalie shirts are long gone! – and full interchangeability between shorts and socks.
I reckon you could cover all eventualities with this approach – certainly in the Premiership.
Perhaps this could be a FKF topic?
Palace did this in 1990/91 I think – standard red/blue home shirt with all red and all blue change options, allowing a club colour to always be worn as the colour scheme is [almost] unique in the top 5 tiers of English football. Barca away may cause some difficulty….
You’re right Stef – though the only black mark against Palace was that they wore the all-red at Villa!