Why are Barcelona wearing the yellow Senyera kit against Real Madrid in El Clasico?

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Sunday’s Clasico is played in rather unfamiliar tones, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona swapping their traditional colors for new shades in the showpiece game.

Madrid entered the pitch in black, while Barca opted for a yellow jersey which also sported the famous Senyera, a symbol of the Catalonia region.

But what does the Senyera represent for Barcelona and why did they change their kit for this match? GOAL looked…

Why are Barcelona wearing the yellow Senyera kit against Real Madrid?

According to club insiders, president Joan Laporta is responsible for the shirt change as he wanted Barca to enter the pitch in the traditional colors of Catalonia.

It’s a step up from last year’s Clasico at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, where the club walked out in a shirt sporting their traditional blue and red but with the red lines of the flag also running down it. , and which was also used in a game against Atletico. Madrid.

What is the Senyera?

The Senyera is one of the oldest flags in Europe still in use today and is believed to date back to the end of the first millennium.

According to legend, its origin begins with the death of Guifre el Pilos (Wilfred the Hairy), Count of Barcelona, ​​killed in a battle between French and Norman forces in 897.

On his deathbed, the French Emperor Louis dipped four fingers in Guifre’s blood and drew four lines on his copper shield, creating the flag and coat of arms of Catalonia as a tribute to the late count’s help in the battle.

While this story may be apocryphal, the senyera was definitely in use in the 11th and 12th centuries and became synonymous with the Catalan nationalist movement, and the flag can regularly be spotted at Camp Nou in the hands of the Barca faithful.

Why does Madrid wear black?

Madrid’s kit change, meanwhile, is also a nod to history.

The black shirt is a celebratory symbol for the club founded in March 1902, marking the capital club’s 120th anniversary, as well as Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s partnership with Adidas.

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