2017-18 Bayern Munich Home Shirt Size Small
Team: Bayern Munich
Era: 2014-15 (Used for the 2017 DFL-Supercup and the 2017-18 Bundesliga season)
This shirt stands in excellent, almost brand-new condition! The material shows little to no sign of wear, and the applications are in truly pristine condition too!
Pit to Pit Measurement: 17.5 inches
Shirt Length: 26 inches
Made in the Adidas ‘ClimaCool’ mould that was introduced ahead of the 2017-18 season; this shirt continues Adidas’ modern trend of creating more fitted shirts, moving away from their previously baggier and roomier fits. Thus, we have a very fitted size small football shirt, which even be better suited for a size XS.
With such a dearth of classic shirts to draw inspiration from; Adidas once again channelled Bayern’s illustrious past as inspiration for the new home shirt, as the white pinstripes against the red backdrop from the 1973-74 season were utilised for the 2017-18 home shirt. Red shorts would also return after the use of white trunks in the 2016-17 season, and this season’s shirts would also hold the distinction of being the last to bear the Bayern font that had been used since the 2006-07 season!
Carlo Ancelotti would deliver Bayern their 5th straight Bundesliga title in his debut season at the helm in Bavaria; successfully warding off the surprise challenge of RB Leipzig. A controversial UEFA Champions League exit against Real Madrid however would be their first exit before the semi-final since 2011, so all eyes would be on the European campaign for the forthcoming season. It would be an emotional close season with legends: Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm both retiring, while the duo of Medhi Benatia and Douglas Costa both moved to Juventus. Niklas Sule, James Rodriguez, Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso all joined the club, while Kingsley Coman’s loan deal was made permanent. The season would kick off on August 5th with Bayern retaining the DFB-Pokal, however, they would need a penalty shoot-out to edge past old rivals Dortmund. A BuLi match-day 3 defeat to Hoffenheim would begin rumblings that Carlo Ancelotti’s time with the club may be under scrutiny, and when his team were beaten 3-0 by Paris Saint Germain on match-day of the Champions League group stages on 27/09/17; he was relieved of his duties just 24 hours later. His interim successor: Wily Sagnol would not convince in his audition which was the 2-2 draw with Hertha on October 1st, and the surprise man to be given the baton was the godfather himself: Jupp Heynckes. The 4th Heynckes spell at the club was just what the doctor ordered, winning his fist 5 league games in charge, as well as guiding Bayern to the Last 16 of the Champions League. The defeat away to Monchengladbach was nothing more than a blip as he guided his troops to a run of 10 straight league victories! Even after their next league defeat which came against Leipzig on 18/03/18; they would lead the way in Germany by 17 points. The spring months would see Bayern have the title wrapped up on April 7th, 4 days later reach the Champions League semi-final and then on the 17th, reach the final of the DFB-Pokal! Their opponents in the UCL semi’s would be none other than Real Madrid, and a 2-1 defeat in the 1st Leg would leave the 2013 European champions with a mountain to climb if they were to reach a first finale since that night in Wembley, and despite their best efforts in the 2nd Leg; they could only battle to a 2-2 draw in the Spanish capital, falling 4-3 on aggregate. The Jupp Heynckes farewell tour would end with a defeat on the final day of the BuLi season to Stuttgart, before suffering a shock 3-1 DFB-Pokal Final defeat to Frankfurt; the club ironically managed the man who was set to replace Heynckes: Niko Kovac!
The notable players that season were:
Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Rudy, Thiago, Corentin Tolisso, Sebastian Rode, Xabi Alonso, Joshua Kimmich, Phillip Lahm, David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Juan Bernat, Dante, Javi Martinez, Daniel Van Buyten, Mats Hummels, Rafinha, Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich
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