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FC Barcelona third strip features two shades of yellow

The new strip will be worn for the first time in an official match at Paris St Germain on September 30
Nike and FC Barcelona have revealed the third new kit for the 2014/15 season

The new shirt goes on sale on September 25, and can now be reserved from nike.com/fcb

Nike unveils new online sales platform in Catalan

The official FC Barcelona online store is now available in in Catalan at nike.com/FCB after Nike adapted the platform for the club’s official language. Thanks to the partnership deal between the American sportswear firm and FC Barcelona, Nike has translated its whole worldwide online store into Catalan, and not just the sections associated to FC Barcelona products. This means that Catalan users can now access the full range of Barça gear plus all other Nike products in their own language.

Nike and FC Barcelona have revealed the new third kit for the 2014/15 season, which consists of the two shades of yellow that were used in the famous 2005 second kit. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature a strong, bright yellow on the front and a darker shade of the same yellow on the back. The two shades are divided by a blue line, and the same blue is used for the trim in honour of one of the two traditional colours of the FC Barcelona first strip.

These stripes lead from the neck, along the shoulders, and down the sides of the shirt, shorts and socks. When the players move, the line moves to accentuate the outline of their bodies, creating the sensation of speed. The new shirt, which can now be reserved at nike.com/fcb will go on sale on September 25. Shortly after, the first team will be wearing it for the first time in an official match, the Champions League fixture away to Paris Saint Germain on September 30.

Vibrant colours

“This half-and-half appearance is a traditional football design, but we’ve added a new twist”, said Nike Football Global Creative Director, Martin Lotti. “We wanted to use vibrant colours, so these uniforms, at night and under floodlights, will seem shinier against the grass. Under a dark sky, these uniforms will look electric, as if charged by batteries and providing the ground with a flash of almost electrical colours”.
There is a classic look to the shirt design, with a sophisticated polo neck including three buttons in the darker shade of yellow. The right sleeve features a small Catalan flag.

Inside the back of the neck there is a small tab showing the FC Barcelona ‘Més que un club’ slogan and the date of its foundation, 1899, while the name ‘Barça’ appears on the outside in the same iconic blue as used on the rest of the kit.

Carles Puyol starts new job

Carles Puyol and Andoni Zubizarreta met on Monday morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The ex-captain has spent his first day working in the sports management department

Monday was Carles Puyol’s first day of his new position at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The new assistant director of sport arrived at the offices for a meeting with the man he’ll be working most closely with, Andoni Zubizarreta.

After being shown around the offices and introduced to the other members of the department, Puyol joined Zubizarreta out on the training field, where they watched Luis Enrique and his players preparing Wednesday’s Champions League opener against Apoel. The last time Puyol attended a session was on September 3, although there were very few first team players around at the time due to international commitments.

Saturday in the stadium

Puyol was also at the Camp Nou last weekend to watch the game with Athletic Bilbao along with Zubizarreta in the presidential box.

Apoel just third Cypriot club to visit Camp Nou

Gica Popescu captained Barça versus AEK Larnaca. PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
Apollon Limassol and AEK Lanarca are the only other Cypriot teams in history to have visited the Camp Nou.

This Wednesday, Barça officially opens Champions League play at the Camp Nou against Apoel Nicosia. This will be just the third ever visit to the stadium by a Cypriot team. Both prior occasions took place in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup versus Apollon Limassol in 1982 and AEK Larnaca in 1996.

15/9/82: FC BARCELONA v APOLLON LIMASSOL (8-0). UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16, first leg

  • This Monday marks the match’s 32nd anniversary.
  • Diego Maradona was the star of the evening, netting a hat trick. Bernd Schuster added two more on a night that drew just 18,000 fans to the Camp Nou.
  • The match represents Barça’s biggest rout in team history in European play, still tied with their 2003/04 UEFA Cup match versus Matador Puchow.
  • Surprisingly, the first goal of the evening did not come until the 35th minute. “I was quite angry. I was really going to let them have it at halftime, but fortunately we knocked in a few goals and things calmed down a bit,” Barça coach Udo Lattek said after the match.
  •  The return leg in Cyprus ended 1-1 with Barça’s goal coming from Josep Moratalla.

12/9/96: FC BARCELONA v AEK LARNACA (2-0). UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16, return leg

  • The match was played at the Olympic Stadium, Montjuic because the turf was being changed at the Camp Nou.
  • Ronaldo was the difference maker with scores in the 19th and 77th minutes.
  • Larnaca were well organized on defence with Barça struggling to take advantage of multiple scoring opportunities.
  • Bobby Robson opted to play current head coach Luis Enrique in the unfamiliar position of left back.
  • After drawing 0-0 in Cyprus, Barça went on to the following round and eventually won the Cup Winners’ Cup Final, held that year in Rotterdam.

Pedro: “I'm not getting goals, but I'm sure they'll come”

Pedro was speaking to the press after Monday training. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
The FC Barcelona striker has spoken about both his and the team’s prospects for the season ahead

He believes Apoel are a strong, physical side that will present plenty of difficulties on Wednesday night

Catalan demo

Asked about the huge march for independence through the streets of Barcelona on September 11, Pedro Rodríguez commented that “I saw that a lot of people took to the streets. I don’t understand much about politics, but I think everyone should have the right to their opinion and to think what they want.”

After three wins out of three for FC Barcelona in La Liga, Pedro Rodríguez spoke to the press on Monday morning. Luis Enrique seems to have a lot of faith in him, although he has yet to be repaid with goals. But the Canary Islander isn’t too concerned about that, commenting that “I might not be getting goals, but I’m happy with the way things are going and I’m sure they’ll start coming. The important thing is that the team is working well”.

He went on to explain that “the basic idea is still the same. Perhaps we should try to get closer to the area and not play so wide. But we feel comfortable with our game, we’re doing fine … The boss has asked us to create pressure up front, to win back the ball and keep it for ourselves. We’re doing that well and teams don’t create many chances against us. But there’s a lot we have to improve”.

Neither is Pedro too worried about the fierce competition for places in the Barça frontline. “I just want to work” he says. “I’m competing with the best strikers in the world and it’s hard to always get in the team. What Munir and Sandro are doing is motivating for all of us. They want to do things right and that’s good for the team. And there’s still Suárez to come. The more the merrier”.

Champions League dawning

It is just two days before Barça begin their European quest against Apoel Nicosia. “It’s a very nice competition” said Pedro. “We’ll be playing against a physical side that tracks back well. I’m sure it’ll be a difficult game.”

“Every year we work hard to reach the Champions League final. It was a shame to lose to Atlético last year. We’re really up for it this season and hoping to win the title. But it’s always hard, especially in the knockout phase.”

Dani Alves back in training

Alves and Samper were among the players that trained this morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Neither the Brazilian nor Vermaelen have been declared fully fit but had no trouble joining in with today’s session

Munir, Sandro amd Samper of FC Barcelona B were also involved but Masip exercised separately

On Monday morning, the first team continued its preparations for its Champions League debut against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night at 8.45 PM CET.  All of the squad were at the Ciutat Esportiva including Dani Alves and Thomas Vermaelen, despite neither having yet been declared fully fit. The Brazilian is still battling to recover in time from the knee injury that kept him side-lined for Sunday’s 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.

Munir, Sandro and Samper of Barça B also joined the first team, while goalkeeper Jordi Masip continued working in isolation.

FC Barcelona will be back at work on Tuesday morning at 11.00 AM CET for the second to last session before the game, once again at the Ciutat Esportiva. Luis Enrique will give a press conference afterwards.

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