Borussia Dortmund have unveiled their new home and away kits for the upcoming season, but in a more floral-than-normal unveiling.
The Champions League finalists unveiled a giant-sized kit made of 80,645 flowers to fans in a park outside of Westfalenstadion. The arrangement covered 3,280 square feet.
Kit manufacturers Puma arranged the creative stunt, matching the number of flowers to the capacity of Westfalenstadion.
This isn’t the first time Dortmund have come up with an out-of-the-ordinary marketing campaign. They also poked fun at common German stereotypes to promote the 2013 Champions League final in London.
Dortmund released a series of pictures with a beach lounger and draped towel placed in different locations around London, a jab at the stereotype that Germans like to wake up early to reserve pool spots by draping towels over chairs. They accompanied the pictures with a graphic that read, “You were hoping for a final between two English teams. Or at least a stadium full of hot chics from Spain. But instead you got the Krauts. Have fun.”
The new kit itself is incredibly smart, with a clean and fresh look. Ditching last year’s stripes, the home kit features a light plaid pattern faded behind the yellow background that adds a touch of design to an otherwise plain but crisp-looking kit. It also has a black collar with a yellow triangle that stands out but isn’t loud. The away jersey is black with a handsome yellow stripe across the sleeves. The third kit is white with a grey swatch on the right shoulder.
Both kits feature a playful-looking font on the back that reads “Dortmund.”
Dortmund star Marco Reus expressed his admiration for the kit, saying, “The design and fit of our new jersey are really fantastic. They have fully met my expectations, especially with the new shape of the collar.”
Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
JK: Alejandro Bedoya can’t make it due to illness. He’ll be replaced by Bobby Wood on the roster for tomorrow night. #USMNT#USAvMEX
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.