It's not a match like any other. It is also a rendezvous with history. After twenty long years of a long crossing of the desert, of a too long absence, the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens - which was simply called Bollaert at the time - will finally find the smell, the thrills of the Champions League. After an encouraging trip to Sevilla (1-1) on September 20 during the 1st group day of the prestigious competition, Franck Haise's players welcome this Tuesday evening (21 pm) the terrible armada of Arsenal for their first home match. An event for all the people of the North.
To mark the occasion, to celebrate this moment as it should be, the club and the equipment manufacturer jersey (Puma) decided to create a special jersey. This tunic uses the color codes of the one worn by Guillaume Warmuz's partners during the 2002-2003 season, Lens' last in the Champions League. It is noticeable with a golden color, "dear to the supporters of Racing Club de Lens" according to the club's press release, accompanied by a visible red at the collar and on the bottom of the jersey. A jersey that revived many memories to the Lense supporters.
Blood and Gold 🔴🟡
20 years later, Bollaert makes its European comeback and will see the Artésiens wear a tunic that echoes a previous one that has become iconic.
🛍️ https://t.co/vWhbfyPGef Available tomorrow in the official shops of the #FierDEtreLensois club#UCL pic.twitter.com/6eolPbugCH
— Racing Club de Lens (@RCLens) October 2, 2023
To support a little more on the notion of transmission and legacy to maintain, the club has also brought together the players of the 2002-2003 generation with those who currently defend the colors of Lens. A meeting staged in a nostalgic clip on social networks.
"These are two generations who have come together to write the rest of history," the club said in a statement. Those of 2002 that all Lensois supporters still remember, as it made you shiver by its combativeness. And then there is that of 2023 this ambitious generation at the origin of remarkable performances last season. Today the seniors are in charge of the handover by accompanying the current squad in this new and long-awaited chapter Twenty years after closing it, it is with the ultimate in European competitions that his story will begin at home. »
After a delicate start to the season, Lens has just won two times in Ligue 1. Progress to be confirmed in the Champions League. ... with a gold collector's jersey.