In a move that’s sure to upset traditionalists, Barcelona will deviate from its traditional striped home jerseys for season 2019-20. Instead, the La Liga champions will play in a checkboard print inspired by the gridded streetscape of the Catalan capital’s Eixample district.
Of the bold new look, Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique says, “The kit is something new and exciting. It might be different, but it is 100 percent Barca and it is even better that the design represents the bond the club has with the supporters and the people who are driving the city forward.”
This isn’t the first time Barca has switched out its traditional stripes, having traded in its classic look for hoops in season 2015-16. Nike and adidas appear to be having some fun with their kit designs for the season ahead, with the latter controversially replacing Juventus’ signature black and white stripes with a half and half look.
Browse through the gallery to see the new Barca shirt in closer detail above. It’s available globally today, June 4, from Nike.