With the release of FC Barcelona’s kit for 2013-2014, the away shirt has created the most headlines with its “Catalan Flag”. Catalunya lost its independence on the 11 Sept 1714 and for almost 300 years have been fighting to get it back. The “flag” has been the symbol for this struggle so it worth having a closer look at it.
The four red strips on a yellow background is known as “Senyera”, and shows up not only on the Catalan flag but also the Autonomous Communities of Aragon, the Balearic Islands and Valencia also Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia, Andorra as well as Roussillon and Provence in France.
It is rumoured to be one of the oldest flags in Europe first appearing on the tomb of Ramon Bereguer II, the Count of Barcelona in 1082 . The ancient Kingdom of Aragon claim they created it and it actually still serves as the Aragon flag today.
There are many legends but the greatest one for the design falls to the unfortunately named Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona, in the 9th century. Charles the Bold, the King of France, ran his fingers, which where drenched in the counts blood, across his golden shield in 897. The event happened whilst Wilfred was defending the city of Barcelona against an equally unfortunately named Lobo bin Mohammed, the Arab governor do Lleida.
Irrespective of its origin one thing is very true, it will earn a nice little profit for Nike