Nike and the Paris Saint-Germain Club of France jointly launched the team's new home and away soccer jerseys for the 2020-2021 season. The new jersey celebrates the club's 50th anniversary by praising their beloved Esther stripes.
The extraordinary and straightforward red stripe created by former club president Daniel Hechter is the core of Paris Saint-Germain's identity, and it has produced so many classic jerseys in the past 50 years.
"The Esther stripe is a special symbol of Paris Saint-Germain. I think it would be more appropriate to wear such a classic version on this important anniversary," defender Marquinhos said. "Think of all the clubs. The famous jerseys and great players are all related to it (the Esther stripe). It's amazing. Now, it's time for our team to wear this beautiful design to make its own history."
The Esther stripe first appeared in 1973, three years after the club was founded. The 2020-21 season home jersey draws inspiration from this long-established early design. It appears as a thick red vertical stripe, outlined in white, and stands out from the blue background. A further tribute to the jerseys of the 1970s, the new soccer jersey has a V-neck with overlapping necklines and ribbed cuff trims.
The phrase "Paris Saint-Germain 50 Ans (Paris Saint-Germain 50 Ans)" appears on the blue strips on both sides of the body, and the small tricolor label on the hem provides additional elegant details. In addition, blue shorts and soccer socks complement the perfect image from head to toe.
The new season away soccer jersey also highlights the Esther stripes. This time it was inspired by the club’s 1995-96 white soccer jersey, when the Parisian won the first European championship (European Cup Winners’ Cup) in club history. The red stripe in the middle is set off by the royal blue, which is the color that truly represents Paris, and it rises above the white background. The classic blue Polo collar with buttons completes the design.
"We want to celebrate with the club the football and fashion of the past 50 years. The best way is the return of the iconic Esther stripe," said Scott Munson, vice president of Nike Football Apparel. “The home jersey is a tribute to the establishment of the club and its unique style. The away jersey brings people back to the iconic style of the mid-1990s. At that time, Paris Saint-Germain wore one of the most memorable soccer jerseys of that era. Europe has left their mark."