In the late 1990s many clubs across Europe would start to play in European competition kitted out a special third strip, and Bayern would be no different. Their first “international” shirt would be the grey and burgundy design used during the 1998/99 season culminating in the Champions’ League final defeat against Barcelona, but the 2000/01 version would hark back to the striking and simple design of the early 1980s – an immediately recognisable “FC Bayern” red with hooped neck and three Adidas shoulder stripes in contrasting white.
This striking Trikot would appropriately be worn during the 2001 UEFA Champions’ League final, and I ordered this particular item from the club shot just prior to that historic evening against Valencia CF in Milan’s San Siro. The construction of the shirt is simplicity itself: the Adidas logo is stitched in white thread on the left side of the chest opposite the woven club crest, and in the centre is the embossed white Opel logo.
The back of this customised shirt from the FC Bayern club shop contains the name and squad number of striker Alexander Zickler – who would come on as a late substitute before scoring one of Bayern’s penalties in their shootout victory – while attached on the sleeves are the “ball and stars” logo of the UEFA Champions’ League and the blue oval patch marking the number of tournament victories. The “3” on this patch would soon be replaced with a “4”.