The elongated 2019-20 season means that some clubs will finish the campaign in different kits to which they started it.
Bournemouth will wear their new strip from this weekend, for instance, while Chelsea are expected to don their 2020-21 kit from the start of July.
In Germany, Bayern Munich have taken a similar approach, with their new outfit premiered in the cup against Eintracht Frankfurt and then worn at the weekend against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the league. It should be said, though, that it’s not completely unknown for Bayern to wear a new kit at the end of a season.
While some of the new adidas shirts are in the abstract territory, this is as close to classic as one will get with the firm this summer.
To satisfy the die-hard Bayern fans, only red and white are present, with the adidas stripes in curtailed format down the sides and shadow stripes giving a retro look, especially compared to the design-heavy shirts of 2017-18 and 2018-19. The new adidas shorts style sees the front section sweep around over the back, creating a cut-out section at the lower sides.
Compared to recent Bayern home strips, it most closely resembles that of 2013-14.
That 2013-14 strip was used as they won the 2012-13 Champions League final, beating Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
In the current season’s competition, Bayern hold a 3-0 first-leg lead over Chelsea in their last-16 tie and it’s almost certain that they will progress. With Uefa expected to announce soon that the Champions League is expected to conclude with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals being played in Lisbon, they will hope that the new kit can emulate that predecessor.
Of course, when the kit is worn in Europe, the back will differ from the domestic version, where Bayern’s players’ names are below the number as the name is above, a tradition going back four decades.