x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Other clubs see red when they play Bayern

Bayern Munich may have been the dominant force in German football for a generation, but even they have had teams who they had trouble with.

Mark van Bommel believes the red colour communicates Bayern's aggression.
Mark van Bommel believes the red colour communicates Bayern's aggression.

Bayern Munich may have been the dominant force in German football for a generation, but even they have had teams who they had trouble with. In the 1980s and 90s, they were rarely able to win when playing at Kaiserslautern. This affected the psyche of the team to such an extent that they ended up wearing a yellow and blue kit - to represent the colours of Brazil - to overcome the hoodoo. Things were often much simpler at home. Certainly their home kit is - this season it is red with white trim - two colours which have dominated their history.

Bayern were formed in 1900 and played in the province's colours of blue and white, but changed to black and white three years later. In 1905 they merged with Munich SC - adopting the red of MSC and also keeping the white they had worn. The club's younger players were called "red shorts", which was meant as an insult. No other colour made it on to the kit, when blue was added, as it was in 1995, when it became the dominant colour of the kit.

In 1998 the club decided to go back to their roots and just wear red and white, with red dominated this season's look. "The new shirt feels great," revealed Bayern captain Mark van Bommel. "The powerful red colour communicates the aggression with which we'll start the season." akunawicz@thenational.ae