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Barcelona’s new retina-burning away kit

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And now you're blind. (FC Barcelona)

We saw Barcelona's 2012/13 fuzzy striped home kit before it was officially released, so the real shocker of Tuesday's unveiling was the orange and yellow away kit. Sort of like staring at the sun after squirting alcohol into your eyes, the club's official website describes it as "a veritable array of vibrant colors to celebrate the team's dazzling football."

It continues:

The FC Barcelona change strip for the 2012/13 season merges orange and yellow in honour of the city's culture, art, style and architecture. It has a classic orange collar with the famous Barça colours on the nape and sleeves. The back of the shirt also features the Catalan flag, and the 'More Than a Club' slogan on the inside of the collar, written in a typeface was specially chosen to reflect Catalan architecture.

I'm not sure I've ever heard a bright orange collar described as "classic" before, but if orange and yellow are accurate reflections on the city's culture, art, style and architecture then, clearly, the entire city is on fire. Hopefully Leo Messi keeps his Lego collection in a flame-retardant room.

Here's the comparatively subtle home shirt...

Barcelona's 2012/13 home shirt. (FC Barcelona)

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