See the Catalan club’s latest controversial kit change here…
Recent years have seen Barcelona move away from their sacred traditions. First they added a charity logo to their shirt. This charity sponsor became a foundation sponsored by Qatar, now it’s simply a Qatar airways shirt.
The latest tradition to be uprooted by the club’s management are the sacred red and blue stripes, which are set to become hoops next season.
This has caused a backlash on social media, and plenty of supporters have had their say about the new-look design. Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo went with this cover today, accompanied by the simple caption “Not liked.”
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) December 3, 2014
That pretty much sums up the response so far.
In 1998/1999 (see Pep Guardiola above), and in 2008/2009 the club also altered the vertical stripes as a one off, to a half blue half red design. Rather than curse the team, this proved to have the opposite effect last time out, as the side had their most successful season ever, winning the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Nobody was complaining then, and one images no-one will be complaining if the blaugrana go on to have similar success next year.
Is it not too late to veto the new strip however, and some Barcelona directors have already made their displeasure known.