The Australian soccer team, the Socceroos, and Nike representatives revealed the new 2014 away jerseys earlier today. The dark obsidian blue away jersey was inspired by the 1974 Australian uniforms worn when the soccer team qualified for their first-ever finals in West Germany.
Martin Lotti, Nike Football Global Creative Director explained that:
“We are now used to seeing Australia at the highest levels of international competition as this will be their third consecutive appearance on football’s greatest stage, and so we wanted to create an inspirational kit that looks back and pays homage to the first time they qualified for the world tournament. This new kit reflects the fighting spirit and pioneering can-do attitude of the 1974 national team.”
The uniforms also feature a yellow johnny collar and the socceroos emblem within a retro-shaped shield – two more references to the team from 40 years ago.
The technology however, is as far from the 70s as could be; with a blend of Nike Dri-FIT technology, “burnout” mesh, laser-cut ventilation holes, and contemporary fitting, the new uniforms are designed to improve comfort, regulate body temperature and increase manoeuvrability and performance.
FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop said of the design:
“The away design complements our home strip and allows the Socceroos to take on the world’s best in Brasil in a strip that shows respect to the past but also reflects the future in what is an exciting time for the Socceroos.”
Lets hope it gives them enough motivation to win.
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