German Bundesliga side 1. FC Köln have released the 2020/21 version of their now Karneval kits despite the annual festival being canceled because of Covid-19 this year.
The jerseys are provided by the team’s technical sponsor uhlsport. The outfield shirt has a red and white checkered design while the goalkeeper kit is bright blue and yellow.
According to a release from Die Geißböcke (The Billy Goats):
This year’s Karneval kit is the seventh in FC history. It takes inspiration from a Karneval classic: the Lappenclown costume. In red and white it is a sign of FC’s connection to the city, with 11 symbols towards Köln and Karneval. From Krätzchen, Dom and Trömmelche to Colonius and Krone. Along with the FC badge, the city emblem is also on the kit. There are further gold emblems on the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves.
The kit comes in a reusable gym bag that is also in the design of the Lappenclown. There is also the usual goalkeeper variation, available in blue and gold.
Melanie Steinhilber, managing director at uhlsport: “1. FC Köln is part of life in Köln just like Karneval is. Even when Karneval isn’t able to take place, the people carry around the happiness in their hearts. The new FC Karneval kit should bring that to light.”
For every kit sold, the 1. FC Köln Foundation will donate €1,11 to the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, who will promote a certain culture project in the region. Alexander Wehrle: “Karneval is part of the Köln culture – we want to show our solidary and support with this small gesture.”
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