This is the new Barcelona third kit 2019/20, Barca’s new second alternate strip for the upcoming Champions League and La Liga season. Made by Nike, the new FCB third strip was officially unveiled on September 12, 2019 and will make its on-field debut when Ernesto Valverde’s men take on Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League game next week.
The kit takes inspiration from the one worn by the Catalan giants during the 1996/97 season. Coached by Sir Bobby Robson, Barca went on to win the Copa del Rey as well the European Cup Winners Cup, with Brazilian striker Ronaldo scoring a stunning 47 goals for the club across all competitions.
The new teal kit features the club’s traditional Blaugrana colours in the form of a retro v-neck, as can be seen in the pictures below. It also has dark blue trim on the sleeves as well the Nike futura logo on the front- another tribute to that era, when the likes of Pep Guardiola, Guillermo Amor, Luis Enrique and Hristo Stoickhov played for the club. The Blaugrana had a pink third kit last season, but this season’s uniform is a teal green one.
Barca, beaten by eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, are in an effective “Group of Death” this season, with German Super Cup winners Borussia Dortmund and current Italian league leaders Inter for company also present in their group.
A look at the bookmakers on onlinebetting.ltd.uk indicates that Ernesto Valverde’s men are second favourites to lift the Champions League this season behind Man City. However Dortmund will certainly fancy their chances on Tuesday- Barca are likely to be without talismanic forward Lionel Messi, and have looked vulnerable without the injured Argentine superstar in La Liga, winning only one of their opening three games so far.
Dortmund, bar their defeat against Union Berlin, have looked a far improved side this year, with Jadon Sancho pulling the strings at the Westfalenstadion. They also have Paco Alcacer- a former Barca forward, in their ranks, and the Spaniard will be keen to get one over his previous employers. Barca have also been shaky away from home in this competition in recent years- last season, they drew against both Lyon and Inter, and lost 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.
This will be Barca and BVB’s first meeting in the history of the Champions League. The other Group F clash is between Inter and Slavia, where the Nerazzurri will also be seen sporting their new third kit.