FC Barcelona Home 2007/08

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In retrospect, the 2007/08 season was the transition from one era to another. Moving on from the European Double in 2006, the Blaugrana phased out old soldiers (van Bronckhorst, Giuly, Belletti and Thiago Motta) and brought in key players for the upcoming cycle of success (Henry, Yaya Toure, Abidal, Milito, and Pinto).

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After losing out to Real Madrid for the La Liga title the previous season on head to head results, Barca started the campaign strongly but too many draws and only four away wins saw the Blaugrana finish third behind Real Madrid and Villarreal. Glory was not to be found in the Copa del Ray either, as Valencia knocked FC Barcelona out in the Semis with a 4-2 aggregate win.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29: Thierry Henry (R) of Barcelona controls the ball next to Pele of Inter Milan during the Gamper Trophy match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Nou Camp Stadium on August 29, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thierry Henry;Pele

In Europe, Barca had a comfortable Group Stage and then faced Celtic in the Round of 16. A 3-2 win at Celtic Park saw them progress to the Quarters, where the Blaugrana secured a pair of 1-0 victories over Schalke. The result was a Semi-Final match up against Manchester United, resulting in a tense pair of matches, with Scholes’ worldy at Old Trafford being the difference for the eventual champs.

Trophyless, everything would change that summer as Pep Guardiola was named manager ahead of the 2008/09 season.

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(image courtesy of Colours of Football)

The home jersey for the 2007/08 campaign was straightforward, with thick blue and red vertical bands, very reminiscent of the shirt used in the 1980’s except without the collar. Together with blue shorts and hooped socks, this made for a stylish, traditional FCB kit. This was the second season of the club’s association with UNICEF, with the charity across the front of the shirt and a contribution made from the club.

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(image courtesy of FC Barcelona)

The highlight of the shirt was a circle of text noting the 50th anniversary of the Camp Nou. Opened in 1957 after three years of construction, it is the largest venue in Europe and has hosted games for the 1982 World Cup and 1992 Olympics and several European Cup Finals, including that magical night in 1999. (For more info on the venue, check out Chris Clements’ post at Estadios de Espana.)

I really like this shirt but rarely wear it. Partly because I don’t want to ruin it and partly because I don’t follow Barca as faithfully anymore. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Agree with you on that final statement: “I really like this shirt but rarely wear it. Partly because I don’t want to ruin it and partly because I don’t follow Barca as faithfully anymore.”

    Have one as well, long sleeve, and actually looking to part ways with it. (bit small on me, too)

  2. So, how much for the long sleeve you’re looking to part with, Steffan?

    Nice post, Nomad. Adding to the “like this shirt but rarely wear it” sentiment… I have a Leverkusen home shirt from 1999 that fits the bill.

    Love the richness of the blue in this Barca kit, and the near-burgundy; the colors offset each other super vividly.

    Perhaps over-ascribing meaning to club sponsors, but always like that Unicef paired with Barca during this era. Humanized the proceedings, so to speak. Later (a couple years later?) when Qatar Airways became Barca’s primary sponsor and assumed power of place on their shirt-fronts, Unicef was relegated to the back of the shirt. A case of cognitive sponsorship dissonance?

    Extremely tangential note: While paying for a purchase at a stationary store in Atlanta yesterday, the young woman behind the counter saw me wearing a Barca warm-up top and said: “Oh, cool! Have you ever been to Camp Nou?” I told her that I have not but hope to some day. “I have!” she said, “It was during my study-abroad semester. Unfortunately it wasn’t during the season, so I didn’t get to see a match. But I did get to go on the stadium tour three times!”

    Finding true fans in unexpected places…part of the joy of the beautiful game.

  3. Thanks for reading and commenting Pete. Several of my shirts fall into the have but don’t wear category.

    As for the sponsorship, Barca held onto the no sponsor for so long but in this modern arms race, money must come in.

    My tangential note is about the all black shirt a couple of years ago. Guy tried to buy it from at a bar. Offered me about value, cash, on site. Sorry no. Cmon I love Messi. How about value +50. Sorry this is a gift from my wife. No amount can replace this.

  4. Which store, Pete? Wonder if I know the girl 🙂

    As for the long sleeve–it’s a medium (I believe) and just a bit snug on me. In this album below if you want to take a look and make an offer.

  5. Good stuff!

    The young woman who’d been to Camp Nou was working at Paper Source on North Highland.

    Nomad, I dig that true sentiment – especially the kind that comes from gifts from loved ones – is its own sort of currency. Love the gold piping down the sides of that black Barca kit.

    On that note Steffan, I won’t insult you with a low offer, but someday we’ll meet up and for a laugh, some real talk, and a bit of haggling…

    Happy (almost) weekend fellas!

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