Mia san mia. Bayern Munchen’s Classic Red & White
The phrase “Mia san mia” is the Bavarian variation of “wir sind wir”. Which more or less translates to “We are who we are.” It’s a nifty motto as it suggests self fulfilling self awareness. Fans love that. Self awareness = authenticity. Authenticity = sales.
The phrase is knitted into the collar of Bayern Munchen’s 16/17 home jersey. Meaning those who will enjoy it most are the full backs trying to mark Kingsley Coman. They should expect a regular and exhausting reminder of just who Bayern are. Spoiler: it’s who they are.
If Bayern jersey’s are anything, they are red and white. Well, apart from all the blue and red ones.
It’s a bright, almost scarlet red. Bayern red you could call it. There is a welcome oxblood vertical stripe, far thinner than the red stripe. It gives a simple jersey a bit of life; whilst staying minimalist. Perpendicular is the white Adidas 3 strip down the side. The sleeves are plain red with white trim.
Classic colours used in a retro ‘plain’ style make this a crisp design. It’s a roaring trend in today’s kits. For 21st century life we’re told as much about Bayern as quickly as possible. Just the important stuff. Smart, red, efficient. Looking at historical jersey’s it wouldn’t be out of place in the 70’s/80's. Remarkably, Adidas have been Bayern’s manufactures since before then. Here’s Paul Breitner looking as terrifying as always in what’s (presumably) his second spell at the club between 1978–83. Bayern fans, please correct me if I’m wrong.
The jersey is 100% polyester and manufactured using Adidas’ now omnipresent Climacool ventilation technology. Shorts are a simple white with red trim and 100% polyester. Socks are red with white trim with materials 67% polyester, 29% polyamide, 4% elastic.
Even the sponsor‘s logo, T-Mobile, looks to have been stripped back to give the strip a minimalist finish. The collar is a seldom seen button-me-up number, like a polo shirt. No Cantona tributes, yet. Most models so far have taken a sensible Bavarian approach.
The embroidered Bayern badge is on the left hand side of the chest. Above the badge are 4 stars. Normally a club has a star to represent either 10 league titles, or a European trophy win. But Bayern have 5 European Cups, and 25 league titles. The 4 stars is the result of a very German way of calculating stars which, despite studying for 30 seconds, has went over my head. As we know, they are who they are. A motto portrayed well by the clean and classic and to-the-point design of this year’s kit.
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