Bayern Munich, 2005-06 – a striping combination
- Huge thanks to Rick Joshua for his assistance
In the summer of 2005, Bayern Munich were preparing to move into their new home, the Allianz Arena, and to mark the occasion, adidas came up with a classically-themed kit.
Featuring a collar and discreet white trim, the shirt and the Sepp Maier-style goalkeeper top were devoid of adidas stripes. While white shorts and socks were marketed, the traditional all-red look was seen most often.
In the Champions League, Bayern hosted Club Brugge in their opening league game in September and wore their black European kit but a month later, their next home match, against Juventus, saw them in the all-red version of the home.
Then, in the reverse fixture in Turin, they were clad in a version of that kit that had the adidas stripes. After wearing black at home to Rapid Vienna, they rounded off the group in Belgium, wearing adidas-striped shirts (all long-sleeved) and white shorts.
Unusually, the shorts numbers for the European games were solid versions of the font introduced by adidas for the 2002 World Cup, different to the style used on the back of the shirts.
For 2006-07, Bayern used the shirts – with the ‘normal’ version of the crest – with the stripes for all competitions, while there was a new set of home socks, red with two white hoops, while there was an additional T-Com logo on the left sleeve.
A mix of plain shirts domestically and striped in Europe was similar to the Ajax approach from 2001-09 and in Real Madrid’s centenary year of 2002.
The most recent Bayern shirt to go without the three stripes was the 120th anniversary jersey used last year.