Today New Balance has officially revealed its first ever range of Athletic Club kits, to be worn in the upcoming 17/18 Spanish domestic and UEFA Europa League seasons. With heritage and tradition at the forefront of Athletic Club’s identity, the new collection has been launched as part of the “Unique in the World’ (‘Bakarrak Munduan’) campaign for the La Liga side.
The Athletic Bilbao 17/18 home shirt features the iconic Athletic Red and white stripes, the colours that have identified Los Leones throughout their history. The shirt has a smart white flat knit rib collar with a black insert and an embroidered full colour woven Athletic Club crest and NB logo on the chest. The Ikurriña flag, synonymous with the Basque region, is printed on the back neck. The kit is completed by black shorts with athletic red streaks down the sides, and red socks.
The Los Leones / Lehoiak (The Lions) 2017/18 away design has a solid black base splashed with dashes of Alloy and Athletic Red, a design inspired by the great Athletic teams of the 1940’s. The kit’s shorts are fully Alloy with red and black streaks on either side and the kit is completed with black socks.
The Athletic Club’s 17/18 third strip pays tribute to legends of the past who won the club’s first Copa title in 1903. Key design features include the ribbed v-neck collar and embroidered full colour woven Athletic Club crest and NB logo on the chest. The shirt features UV blue and white stripes with fine red striped detailing; the kit’s shorts are fully UV blue with white streaks either side.
To offer added support to the ankle, the socks have built in comfort zones and the foot bed has been developed with polypropylene to alleviate excess moisture when the foot makes contact with the boot.
The goalkeeper kits have been engineered in line with the outfield players’ jerseys, sporting a mock vent and back jacquard cage system to compliment the outfield kit aesthetic. The UV Blue (home), Green (away), and Black (third) designs feature with full colour crests, and have a classic look, completed by the tonal three colour sleeve patterns.
Richard Wright, General Manager of New Balance Football said “The traditions of Athletic Club have been preserved with a classic, yet fresh outlook with this kit collection. Our design team have enjoyed working with the Club to bring to life a set of kits with key performance features and stylish designs. We know the players and supporters will be excited to wear these shirts with pride when helping their side to achieve success next season.”
Athletic Club player Mikel San Jose said “The team are proud to wear the colours known to everyone at Athletic Club. These kits pay tribute to our great history and I am sure the supporters will be excited to see them next season.”