The New FCB Away Shirt, designed by Boss. Stabilo Boss.

What is it with the current penchant for lurid, fluorescent colours on football shirts? First we have Barcelona’s traffic-stopping yellow ensemble followed by an eye-bleeding turquoise effort. Then we are treated to two Chelsea away shirts, where the designer seemed to have been inspired by a yellow “Office Supplies” highlighter marker. I am sure there are many others, but let’s get to the point.

I never thought FC Bayern München would follow in this trend, but with the launch of the new away shirt I was clearly mistaken. Officially described as “lucent infrared”, the trim on the otherwise tastefully white Trikot is little more than a bright peachy orange – a colour that has never been associated with the club, unless we are talking about old red shirts from the mid-1980s that may have been left out in the sun for too long.

There have been very few naff Bayern designs over the years – the garish gold effort with black and green trim, dubbed by myself as the “Jamaika”, comes to mind – but this radioactive garment looks as if it has come straight out of a design boardroom meeting where someone has gone a little crazy with a highlighter pen. One could say that it a fine example of a Boss design. That’s Stabilo Boss, not Hugo.

With my interest having been piqued, I decided to venture into Adidas’ design boardroom in Herzogenaurach – and among all of the empty cups of Tchibo that littered the desk I found this:

Clearly someone was driven by the fact that twice-recent Champions League winners Barcelona sported kits designed by Stabilo Boss (or Staedtler, perhaps), and that the other great FCB deserved to be given similar treatment. A pencil, a handy highlighter pen, two minutes, et voila! A brand spanking new design.

All that they needed was a flashy sounding name: “radioactive red” wouldn’t have gone down well in some markets and “40” – the colour reference that can be clearly be seen on the pen – was just too dull. So some bright spark came up with “lucent infrared” – which is, quite simply, orange.

The upside is that Arjen Robben will now feel more at home, given that he’ll be playing in something that looks vaguely like a Netherlands shirt from the late 1970s…

What do you think about Bayern’s new away kit? Leave a comment below!

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London-based but with his heart firmly in Fröttmaning, Rick Joshua's love of German football goes back more than thirty years and has witnessed everything from the pain of Spain '82 and the glory of Italia '90 to the sheer desolation of Euro 2000. This has all been encapsulated in the encyclopaedic Schwarz und Weiß website and blog, which at some three hundred or so pages is still not complete. Should you wish to disturb him, you can get in touch with Rick on Twitter @fussballchef. This carries a double meaning, as he can prepare a mean Obazda too.

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