Picking the CL Final the most Irreverent way possible – Through Nike

Yes, as usual, I have found possibly the most obscure way for JJB to pick the Champions League Final – through the teams kit providers and their past 5 home and away kits, together, these will combine to create ratings score based on criteria that only I am fully aware of leaving this to be arbitrary, but a good way for a Jersey Blog author to form an opinion on the final.

Quick Facts:

  • This is a dream final for Nike, as Barcelona and Manchester United move more than 2 million kits combined PER YEAR for the Oregon based firm
  • Barcelona has the longevity, as they have had Nike since the 1997 season
  • But Manchester United has the money, as when they agreed with Nike in 2002, it was the largest kit deal in history at the time
  • These are two teams that often do not fall under Nike’s template rules that are used by many clubs as these teams are so important in world soccer.

Barcelona 2006-07 Kits

First season the side had UNICEF as a shirt sponsor, in prior seasons Barcelona had no sponsor at all, but this actually recognized the clubs annual agreement to donate 1 million Euro/season to the organization in exchange for advertising the foundation on the shirts.

Home: a solid if not bland Barcelona effort, less stripes than previous kits, but the gold font for player names and numbers was an excellent touch.

Rating: 7/10

Away: A very vibrant orange, this continued Barcelona’s trend started in 2005, having very colorful change kits which continued all the way through the rest of this countdown. A step up from yellow and has a very Barcelona feel to it

Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 15

Manchester United 2006-07 Kits

Home: A highly underrated Manchester United shirt flanked by new sponsor AIG. The white trim looks good and the gold was a great additional touch. Rating: 8/10

Away: Too plain for some, but two thumbs up from me, the Black outlined club badge is easily the best part, and the white black and gold is an undervalued color combination. Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 16

Barcelona 2007-08 Kits

Home: Kit had an excellent crest flanked by olive branches to celebrate 50 years of playing in the Nou Camp, a more traditional feel to it than the prior years kit, as good as the gold numbering looked from the prior season, yellow was a better choice.

Rating: 8/10

Away: Excellent sky blue and slime change kit, collar added a nice feel and the alternating blues used for the striping made it even cooler

Rating: 9/10

Total Score: 32

Manchester United 2007-08 Kits

Home: A plain, simple Manchester United shirt, all red, plain crest, worn during two seasons of absolute glory and worn by Ronaldo during his astonishing 42 goal campaign.

Rating: 9/10

Away: To put simply, probably United’s best away kit of all time, with its biggest rival from four years prior, easily the best change kit in EPL and is incredibly difficult to find today.

Rating: 10/10

Total Score: 35

Barcelona 2008-09 Kits

Home: For a further, more in depth description, read here but simply, one of my favorite kits of all time.

Rating: 10/10

Away: First yellow kit since 2005, the blue and red stripe over the crest and UNICEF symbol was a very unique touch to add some flavor

Rating: 9/10

Total Score: 51

Manchester United 2008-09 Away Kit (Home was worn for 2 seasons, 07-09)

Home: see above

Rating: 9/10

Away: Another underrated white Manchester United kit, the blue and red created a different style of kit, nice, but a bit on the simple side, still a classy shirt however

Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 53

Barcelona 2009-10 Kits

Home: An excellent return to stripes for the Catalonians, flanked by a yellow collar, and a good amount of stripes, the kit is not discussed by fans much but easily a great template for subsequent Barca shirts

Rating: 8/10

Away: There is something about this salmon/mango/pink/orange sherbert, whatever you want to call it kit that will always keep my attention, maybe it was because the color seemed to change depending on the light, but it will always stick out to me as a good looking shirt because you can’t pick exactly what color it is.

Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 67

Manchester United 2009-10 Kits

Home: For the first time from Nike, something that can be considered shite by United standards, I do understand its an homage to the early 2oth century, but in my eyes, just a garbage kit, and chevrons are so 2006

Rating: 6/10

Away: Recieved many complaints from supporters as the royal blue resembled Manchester City’s sky blue by just a little too much, but I actually liked the kit a good amount, but pales compared to its prior three bretheren

Rating: 7/10

Total Score: 66

Barcelona 2010-11 Kits

Home: At first, I did not like the yellow collar and sleeve trim, but it grew on me as the season wore on, but Barcelona should NOT wear red shorts, blue is a must.

Rating: 7/10

Away: Again, the mint green was something I was a bit hesitant with at first, but it actually was a great and vibrant color. My favorite feature of the kit is the diagonally divided red and blue rectangle, its Barcelona’s home colors which you typically never see on an away kit unless its the club crest, I wish more clubs would try something similar.

Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 82

Manchester United 2010-11 Kits

Home: I am not a big fan of new sponsor AON, and this kit left something to be desired for me, an update from the previous season’s home, but it definitely left me wanting more, the 2011-12 home kit however, looks a lot more like a proper Manchester United home shirt.

Rating: 7/10

Away: I was absolutely disgusted by this shirt at the start of the year, but it grew on me substantially once I saw it on the field. The chevrons are still in effect from the 2009-10 kit but have Nike’s ripple effect to them, and have been moved to the sleeves. This shirt is also prominent as it will be worn in the Champions League Final match on Saturday which could be Paul Scholes’ last game for United.

Rating: 8/10

Total Score: 81

Final:

Barcelona 82

Manchester United 81

That’s all she wrote folks, according to this author, and the historical kits of both sides, Barcelona wins by a late comeback 82-81 and by a changing of the guard in 2009/10. JJB can officially predict a Barcelona win. Me writing here as Jay Sarkar, I personally pick the following

Barcelona 2 – 1 Manchester United

I say the Red Devils put up more of a fight than they did in Rome in 2009, but this Barcelona side is too good to overcome.

Saturday marks a sad day for me, as worldwide club football comes to an end, and I am held until mid-July when friendlies start up again, but still stay tuned for a summer on new content here at JJB.

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Posted on May 26, 2011, in Soccer and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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