My Favorite Kit: Barcelona 2008-09 Home Kit
2008-09, a magical season for the Blaugrana. (Blue-Red) FC Barcelona was already one of the most beloved and successful clubs in the entire world when the La Liga season kicked off in August of 2008, however, when this side took the field, there was something different, none of the traditional stripes that fans were used to seeing, but a much simpler kit.
Modeled here by then-new acquisition (and my favorite Barca player) Gerard Pique, making his homecoming after a few disappointing, but successful seasons at Manchester United. The Kit was the first of its kind since ten years before, the last time the club did not wear stripes at the Nou Camp
Simple, no frills, all class, just like Barcelona, this kit signified a new era being ushered in by manager Pep Guardiola, replacing Dutchman Frank Rijkaard for 2008-09. It was a sentimental callback to the team’s Centennial Kit which was worn by Guardiola himself during the celebratory season of 1998-99.
This replaced the team’s typical stripe look for just one year and wow-oh-wow did it bring them great success. Even with the change in manager, and the sale of former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho to AC Milan, this hardworking team joined together early to bring the greatest success ever to the Catalonian side.
New acquistions included Gerard Pique, Dani Alves and Seydou Keita, the team ran away with La Liga, progressed through the Champions League with ease and won the Copa Del Rey. Their crowning achievement came on May 27, 2009 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. This beautiful header by Messi in the 70th minute sealed the victory for Barca, capping a magical year. I do hope that Barcelona brings out another non-stripe kit sometime in the near future, and perhaps it can bring them as much success as this beautiful and magical kit brought them those two short years ago.