“We had the concept of the Karneval kit long before the pandemic, before it was foreseeable that we wouldn’t be able to celebrate,” said FC managing director, Alexander Wehrle. “In the face of the current situation, we discussed whether or not to bring it out anyway. The Karneval kit has become a tradition for fans, an emotional collectors’ item that means a lot to people – just like us. Therefore, we decided to stand by the kit. Even when it isn’t possible to celebrate Karneval together this year.”
The culture scene has been especially hard hit by the measures brought in to control the pandemic. For every kit sold, the 1. FC Köln Foundation will donate €1,11 to the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, who will promote a certain culture project in the region. Alexander Wehrle: “Karneval is part of the Köln culture – we want to show our solidary and support with this small gesture.”
This year’s Karneval kit is the seventh in FC history. It takes inspiration from a Karneval classic: the Lappenclown costume. In red and white it is a sign of FC’s connection to the city, with 11 symbols towards Köln and Karneval. From Krätzchen, Dom and Trömmelche to Colonius and Krone. Along with the FC badge, the city emblem is also on the kit. There are further gold emblems on the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves.
The kit comes in a reuseable gym bag that is also in the design of the Lappenclown. There is also the usual goalkeeper variation, available in blue and gold.
Melanie Steinhilber, managing director at uhlsport: “1. FC Köln is part of life in Köln just like Karneval is. Even when Karneval isn’t able to take place, the people carry around the happiness in their hearts. The new FC Karneval kit should bring that to light.”
The kits are now available in limited numbers from all FC fanshops and online. Adults strips cost €89,99, with kids sizes costing €69,99. FC members will receive a 10% discount.