Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n Limited Edition 2020/2021 – Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund, also known as BVB 09, released a very special fourth shirt in April 2021. Die Schwarzgelben wore this shirt for the first time versus Werder Bremen during a Bundesliga match. It’s a limited edition kit, which means that only a limited number of this type of shirt was for sale in the 20/21 season. Read more about the Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt in this post.

Design

If we want to understand the design of this shirt, we have to consider its name first. The Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n kit has a clear connection with the 90s. During the 90s, Borussia Dortmund shirts used to contain a neon yellow color. This 20/21 fourth kit uses the nostalgic neon yellow color as a reference to the 90s, which was a great period because BVB won their first and only Champions League trophy in 1997. The sleeves of the shirt are neon yellow and come with black and white sleeve cuffs. The same pattern has been used for the collar, which uses the same smooth combination of black and white.

The logos are both heat-transferred onto the shirt. The BVB 09 team crest stands out on the black background, just like the two stars above it. The Puma logo is white and uses a different design than usual, because it’s got the text ”Puma” below the Puma logo as well. This has been done to resemble the Nike logo on the 90s shirts of Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt
Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt

Sponsor & patches

When it comes to the sponsor, there are no surprises. The white 1&1 sponsor stands out on this predominantly black and yelow shirt. 1&1 became the main sponsor of die Schwarzgelben and replaced the famous ‘’Evonik’’ sponsor during the 2020/2021 season. The actual main sponsor has a simple and minimalistic design, which matches the vibe of this BVB shirt.

The patches on this Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt are also a bit different than usual. The shirt has a Bundesliga patch on the right sleeve and an Opel sleeve sponsor on the left sleeve. Usually, the Bundesliga patch is red and white, but on this special edition kit, it’s black and white. This way, the patch matches the general combination of colors used on this kit.

The Bundesliga and Opel patch
The Bundesliga and Opel patch

Name set

On the back of this Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt, we got the official name set of Marco Reus with his famous number 11. This printing does not look like the regular and modern Borussia Dortmund name sets of last years, but has been inspired by the 90s. During the 1994/1995 season, Borussia Dortmund wore shirts with this kind of name sets. The main characteristic of this printing is the bold design of the numbers. The number 11 looks very prominent on this shirt.

Also, the ”Dortmund” above the number uses a bow design, which was the case for the 90s shirts as well. The name ”Reus” below the number 11 is a bit smaller. This might have to do with the fact that names weren’t that common on shirts in the 90s. The name set of shirt uses a bit of both worlds in this sense by using a bold 90s design with a modern looking name. The number on itself uses a smooth depth design by using lines around the number ‘1’. This creates a very cool effect. Also, the BVB logo at the bottom of each number makes the shirt look more complete.

Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt
Borussia Dortmund Null Ne90n shirt

Pattern

If you pay attention to the greyish background of this shirt, you will see that there is a kind of pattern. This pattern basically consists of images of iconic Borussia Dortmund players from the 90s, such as Paul Lambert and Karl-Heinz Riedle. The images all over the shirt represent the legendary 90s full of black and yellow legends. The fact that both the front and back of the shirt are covered with images of club legends, gives this shirt a very special touch.

The pattern on the Null Ne90n shirt
The pattern on the Null Ne90n shirt

Final thoughts

As soon as this shirt came out, I knew there was something special about it. First of all, the amazing bold name set on the back of the shirt that really stood out positively when BVB wore it versus Werder Bremen. Many football shirt collectors and Borussia Dortmund fans wanted to get club icons or legends on the back of their Null Ne90n shirt. Lars Ricken and Karl-Heinz Riedle, two BVB players that won the Champions League in 1997, were one of the most chosen names on this shirt. Modern icons like Marco Reus, but even promising youngsters like Haaland and Bellingham were also very popular.

I got this shirt customized with Marco Reus because he is the most iconic modern BVB player from the last 10 years. Reus joined Dortmund in 2012 and has never left the club, even though he could have made a transfer to a bigger club. He has played 308 matches in which he has scored 135 goals. Marco has been the captain of BVB since 2018 and his famous number 11 really suits this special edition shirt.

The Reus 11 name set
The Reus 11 name set

My opinion

As someone who collects football shirts and loves Borussia Dortmund, I immediately knew I had to get this shirt. The beautiful neon sleeves match the all black/gray background of the shirt perfectly. Also, when it comes to details, this shirt has a lot to offer because of the images of the most iconic BVB players all over the shirt. The special patches on both sleeves make the shirt even look more complete, especially because of the different Bundesliga patch. The beautiful name set of BVB star Marco Reus on the back makes this shirt a collector’s item as well. I’m really curious how rare this shirt will become in the future. My rating: 8.7/10.

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