Clubs across Europe are having been celebrating Chinese New Year by featuring player names in Mandarin on their shirts. Barcelona became the latest club to showcase their CNY inspired kits ahead of their Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, which ended 1-1.
Chinese owned Inter Milan have been putting the Mandarin name alongside the English for the past couple of years, however in their game against Bologna at the weekend they replaced the English name entirely, opting just for the Mandarin.
Trendsetters, PSG, have also previously featured Chinese names on their kits. Although it is unclear if the Parisians plan on doing the same this season – however, the club have made Chinese New Year kits available for fans to buy. See here.
Manchester United have gone one step further by announcing an entire Chinese New Year range, produced by kit supplier Adidas. Following the news that United would be opening club-themed experience centres across China; the Red Devils launched the range to capitalise on the Year of the Pig being ushered in on Tuesday.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wore the new range in his press conference ahead of the Leicester match at the weekend.
United continue to dominate Chinese social media with 9.3m Weibo followers, eclipsing Arsenal and Chelsea’s combined following.
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