In 1997 there would be a complete break with tradition, as the club abandoned its famous red shirts for a navy blue design with a horizontal red stripe feature across the chest. Unlike the previous red/blue compositions this Trikot would have no historical precedent, and as a result it would quickly become one of the least favourite designs among FC Bayern supporters.
The navy blue shirt has the same Rauten effect as the 1996/98 away shirt, and continuing with the predominant style has a white collar edged with three red stripes. The main design features are applied in different ways: the large circular club crest – now with a blue outer circle instead of red – and the Adidas logo below the neck are both stitched, the Opel sponsor logo on the front is embossed, while the three white shoulder stripes and the “FC Bayern München” legend on the back are part of the print design.
At the base of the collar is a stitched stylised “FCB” monogram device in navy blue thread, while there is an “Original Garment” tag to the lower left and a small tab in the design of the Bavarian flag to the lower right.