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The new Barça kit for the 2015/16 season

Barça new blaugrana kit / NIKE
The famous Barça stripes will be hoops, inspired by the horizontal stripes of the Barça flags that fans wave on match days at the Camp Nou

On Tuesday 26 May the ‘blaugrana’ shirt will be on sale at NIKE.COM/FCB and club shops


Pride, passion and history

 “These new kits are a homage to the club, its fans’ passion and its incredible sporting history”, comments Martin Lotti, Creative Director at Nike Football. “The kits are the result of a close collaboration between FC Barcelona and Nike and reflect a profound understanding of the unique cultural importance of the club and our shared commitment to revolutionising the sport of football”.

FC Barcelona next season will have a new kit from Nike in which the famous blaugrana stripes will be horizontal by the horizontal stripes of the blaugrana flags that are waved by the fans on match day at Camp Nou. The horizontal stripes have been seen before on kits for the basketball, rugby and track and field teams at FC Barcelona. However, it is the first time in the long and rich history of the Club that the football team will have horizontal stripes on their kit.

On 26 May the shirt will be available at NIKE.COM/FCB and in the shops.

The four maroon horizontal stripes stand out on a blue background, a design that is 100% blaugrana for fans all over the world. A yellow gold rivet with four thin red stripes surround the outside part of the collar, stylised and modern and on the inside of the collar the club’s famous logo ‘More than a Club’ can be seen, just as it can be in the stands at Camp Nou.

The yellow golden stripe on sides of the shirt continues down the shorts which are in the classic red of FC Barcelona.

The new socks for the first team are blue with a red stripe in the top part where a wide stripe of small chevrons in the calf area can be seen in golden yellow.

Both for the first and second kits there will be a special form of lettering for the names and numbers of the players, more refined and thinner for the coming season.

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The Barça second strip in 2015/16 will be golden yellow

The Barça second strip in 2015/16 /NIKE
The Catalan flag is the inspiration for this shirt, with four red vertical stripes on the back over a golden yellow background

The ‘senyera’, the iconic flag of Catalonia, that is so important in the city and club’s culture, is the inspiration for the second strip, with evocative colours and plenty of details.

The new second strip is golden yellow, a tone associated to Catalonia. There are four vertical red stripes on the back over a golden yellow background from top to bottom. The design is inspired by the way that FC Barcelona fans drape the Catalan flag over their backs like a cape, thus expressing their passion for Catalonia and the club.

The shirt will be on sale from June 25 and features a modern, rounded collar, which is yellow in front to match the neck of the shirt, and has two stripes on the back in the typical Barça colours around the neck, in recognition of the usual first strip colours. Inside the neck we find the famous club slogan, ‘Més que un club’.

The shirt also has a blue line on each side. These go down to the sky blue shorts as well, which is a nod to the kits that so many legendary FC Barcelona players wore in the early 1970s.

Second shorts option

This season, FC Barcelona has a second option for the shorts, a golden yellow model with a blue stripe on the sides, which clearly reflects Catalan pride in the form of yellow from head to toe.

The new golden yellow socks of the second strip include a wide blue stripe with little crests on the calves.

For both the first and second kit, the exclusive FC Barcelona font for the player names and numbers has been modified. It has been slightly refined for the new season, looking sharper and thinner.

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Innovation and technology in the shirts

The details of the new Barça shirt for the 2015/16 season. / NIKE
The new Barça kits, made of recycled polyester incorporate the latest Nike developments

The new kits represent with pride the club symbols, and also feature the very latest Nike developments regarding invocations in performance, textile technology, dampness control and environmental sustainability.

Nike’s Dri-FIT technology pushes sweat to the outside of the shirt and shorts, where it evaporates quickly. This means that the players will be able to perform better because they will be drier, cooler and more comfortable.

The ventilation holes are laser cut and the mesh panels in key areas of the uniform were designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation around the players’ bodies, while also helping to regulate temperature.

The shirt is made of an engineered textile including a mesh structure under the chest to help increase air flow and movement. For the first time, the names and numbers of the players also include a new and innovative ventilation system to help with humidity control.

Sustainable innovation

Nike includes sustainable innovation in the heart of its uniforms through the use of recycled polyester, offering insuperable performance and less environmental impact.

Each garment (shirt, shorts and stockings) is made of recycled polyester, which is taken from recycled bottles, which are melted into a thin thread that is used to create the textile. Each shirt makes use of 18 recycled bottles. Since 2010, Nike has used more than 2 billion plastic bottles from garbage dumps to create recycled polyester, enough to cover 3,500 football pitches.

Thanks to the use of recycled polyester, Nike has also reduced the energy consumed in the manufacture process by 30% compared to virgin polyester. For further information please visit www.nikebetterworld.com

 

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Luis Enrique says Xavi one of a kind

Luis Enrique speaks to the Camp Nou crowd after the game. / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
Coach says title even more special due to quality of their direct rivals

Declares Xavi tribute to be remembered for a long time

Luis Enrique’s post-game press conference after the celebration of the league title and the tribute to Xavi Hernández was more extensive than usual. The coach said “There will never be another player like him.”

He reminded everyone of the value of “this title, which is based on what is done throughout the season. We have been very good all year, though obviously we had better moments than others.” Luis Enrique is convinced that this title has even more value “because we have been fighting until the second to last match day against the best Real Madrid in recent years.”

Regarding the draw against Deportivo the coach made clear that Barça “tried to win until the end.” He said Deportivo’s defensive strength kept his squad from winning.

Thomas Vermaelen, injured all year, finally made his debut. Luis Enrique said he was “very happy for [Vermaelen] and Douglas, both are very good.” Regarding Vermaelen, the coach said, “he is an experienced player who is great with his feet and is aggressive. It is a great signing for next season.”

Optimism towards the treble

Regarding the two remaining games, the finals of the Spanish Cup and the UEFA Champions League, Luis Enrique says he is “optimistic because of how we got here,” but knows that it will not be easy against two great teams.

The coach said that Luis Suárez, who is still not 100%, will probably play in both finals.

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Xavi Hernández says it’s been a ‘privilege’ to play for Barça

Xavi Hernández applauds the fans during his post-game tribute. / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
The departing midfielder who raised the league cup, as well as first-timers Thomas Vermaelen and Jordi Masip, speak to the media

“It’s been a privilege. I would not have ever imagined leaving the Club like that,” admitted Xavi Hernández on the Barça TV program “El Marcador.” However, Xavi has not said his last goodbye: “I want to go out with the two remaining titles,” and give the fans two more trophies. “We won the league and now we have two finals left. The script is the perfect.”

Accompanied by his father, Xavi said that, “right now I am the happiest man in the world. It is incredible the love that the fans and my team mates have showed me.”


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Vermaelen and Masip

 

Thomas Vermaelen, the former Arsenal player, and third-string goalkeeper Jordi Masip, both debuted with the first team and spoke to the media after the game.

 

Vermaelen said, “It has been a tough year for me but my team mates gave me support all year long.”

 

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#6ràciesXavi: 24 years of unforgettable football

 #6ràciesXavi: 24 years of unforgettable football
The Camp Nou video board paid homage to the Barça captain after the final whistle

Xavi Hernández lived a life at Barça, coming as a child, with a talent that could already be seen in his first exhibitions at the Miniestadi annexes. He leaves as a football legend, one of the best midfielders to have ever played at Camp Nou. Xavi will not wear the Barça shirt next season, after 17 in the first team (1998-2015) and 24 years in which he propelled football forward with his uncanny ability.

In his last league match at Camp Nou, Xavi – who still has to play the final of the Spanish Cup, the midfielder and Terrassa native, along with the fans on hand at Camp Nou got one final look at Xavi’s career in a video shown in the stadium’s video board. It was two minutes and 52 seconds of key moments produced by a player who will go down in history.

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Xavi and Barça share the spotlight

Xavi Hernández says goodbye to Barça after a lifetime of achievement. / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
The blaugrana captain plays last league match at Camp Nou, is paid tribute by the fans, and lifts the La Liga trophy on behalf of his team mates

Xavi played his second to last game in an FC Barcelona shirt. For sure, it was one of his most special. It was his last league game, and although the Spanish Cup final is to be played on Saturday 30 May at Camp Nou, today was the last time for him to play in front of his fans at home.

The Barça captain was the first player on the pitch, and was greeted to chants of ““Xavi! Xavi!” throughout the game. In the 85th minute he was replaced by Andrés Iniesta, a planned pause designed to let the crowd of 93,743 cheer Xavi off the field.

When the final whistle blew, the Camp Nou video board played a short highlight reel of the man of the hour. Xavi then took the microphone and thanked the fans whule fighting back tears.

“Thanks for everything, from the heart,” was the first thing that came out of his mouth. “You’ve made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years,” he added.

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“You have no idea how proud I am to be a Barça player,” he continued. “We want the Cup and the Champions League. Visca el Barça and Visca Catalunya!,” he exclaimed before taking a lap around the field and tossed skyward by his team mates.

Together, unstoppable

But the party was about more than just a legend saying goodbye. Xavi also was the one who accepted the league championship trophy, lifting it to raucous applause for both player and team. Fireworks shook the stadium as Queen’s “We are the champions” blared in the background. Players, coaches and staff were euphoric.

A victory lap followed while the fans displayed, once again, the blue and pomegranate mosaic declaring Barça the 2014/15 “campions.”

Luis Enrique had a few words to say, thanking the fans for their support “all season long, not just in this marvelous moment.”

You’ve made me the happiest man in the world today and for the past 17 years.
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FC Barcelona v RC Deportivo de La Coruña: a celebration, a tribute, and a 2–2 draw

Messi, Rafinha, and Neymar Jr. celebrate Barça's first goal against Deportivo on Saturday at Camp Nou. / VÍCTOR PARGA-FCB
Messi nets two for Barça but Depor pull them both back with second-half strikes from Lucas and Salomão

Camp Nou jubilant for 2014/15 La Liga title and farewell to Xavi Hernández

Saturday afternoon was the perfect opportunity for a well-deserved rest stop. Nearing the end of this pleasant ten-month journey and just six days after one its biggest highlights, the time had come to pull off the highway, enjoy the scenery and — with the end of road on the horizon and as visible as ever — refill the tank for two final, monumental stops.

It was a day to celebrate the most recent accomplishment, time to smell the grass, time to bid a final farewell to one of the perennial fixtures of this barnstorming band of first-class footballers, who recently told his buddies that this year’s trip would be his last.

Stars and substitutes

With the league out of the way and a de-facto day off against Depor, FC Barcelona’s first-year head coach Luis Enrique ran out a line up that combined firepower with unfamiliar faces. Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr were joined by Thomas Vermaelen — making his first official appearance after months of rehab from an injury — and third-string goalkeeper Jordi Masip in the starting eleven.

Nevertheless, it was another player on whom the spotlight shone brightest. For Xavi Hernández, it was his day. Barça’s midfield legend, oftentimes referred to as “the brain” had decided to call it quits earlier in the week so he could leave Barça on top and play out the twilight of his career in another league, on another continent. Xavi, who had been a reserve player for almost the whole season, was named a starter in his final league match wearing the blaugrana shirt. It was a fitting tribute to a consummate professional.  

Before kick-off, the packed house at Camp Nou not only cheered Xavi, but they also held up a 360-degree blue and pomegranate mosaic with the Catalan word “campions” prominently featured in maize yellow at the north and south ends. A giant white canvas honouring the illustrious Xavi was unfurled opposite the grandstand.

Barça bring the heat

The match kicked off at half past six and, only five ticks in, Messi — seriously, who else? — opened the scoring. The Argentinian artist not only finished the play, he also started it, firing up a counterattack with a long outlet pass to defender Jérémy Mathieu, who was streaking down the left wing. The Frenchman had to turn on the jets to catch up to the ball, and when he did he fired at the goal, Deportivo goalkeeper Fabricio handing it away but giving up a long rebound. Rafinha corralled it on the opposite side, deked a defender, and carried towards the touchline, chipping a cross into the six-yard box, where Messi headed home for the early lead.

Although Deportivo had their backs against the wall and would have guaranteed themselves a spot in the first division next season with a win over Barça, the Galicians were summarily deprived of possession throughout the first half, the Catalans hogging the ball at close to an eighty per cent clip.

Messi was later flagged offside on a would-be second goal. Adriano, Neymar, and Vermaelen all had chances of their own, while Xavi almost brought down the house right before the break when his shot was deflected in front and sailed just off-target.

Messi struck again in the 60th minute, when Neymar went in all alone and selflessly laid off to his line mate who tapped in for a 2–0 lead. It was Messi’s second of the day and 43rd league goal of the season.

Depor provide drama

Lucas Pérez pulled one back for Depor on 66 minutes when he was fed by Borges out beyond the penalty spot, spun, and fired a pinpoint shot into the upper left corner. Claudio Bravo, who has started every single league match of the season for FC Barcelona and will win the Zamora Trophy as the top goalkeeper in La Liga, leapt in vain but had no chance to make the save.

Then, nearly ten minutes later, Diogo Salomão knotted the game up at 2–2 by firing home from the same spot as Lucas following a Deportivo free kick that had rebounded off Barça’s defensive wall. The visitors were now poised for a priceless point at Camp Nou and a one-way ticket out of the relegation zone.

The final whistle came soon after with no change to the score and was followed by thundering applause, blasts of confetti and a snapshot for footballing posterity — Xavi Hernández, the diminutive midfielder who made it oh so big at Barça, gripped the oversized, silver La Liga championship cup and held it aloft. The crowd exploded. One man, one team. Together, unstoppable.

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LIVE- The tribute to Xavi and the league title celebrations

Camp Nou will pay tribute to Xavi Hernández / FCB
Follow live Camp Nou’s farewell to the Barça captain and the league title celebrations after the last game against Deportivo

Follow live the celebrations for Barça’s 23rd league title at Camp Nou. Xavi Hernández in his role as team captain will receive the league trophy after the last game of the season against Deportivo La Coruña. Then, there will be a tribute to Xavi in the light of the news that he will be leaving the Club. The Barça fans will be able to bid farewell to the man who has played more games in a Barça shirt in his 17 seasons with the first team.

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