Right now is the hottest period for brand new replica, and rather than just show you generic pictures, at the SoccerBible we prefer to get you up-close to the latest football shirts. Next up is the Aston Villa Home 11/12 Nike football shirt...
This Premier League season Aston Villa will play in a classic new home kit, featuring a distinctive pattern iconic in club history. But what are the initial reactions of the fans? Take a look at the new Aston Villa kit and share your thoughts with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
The pattern of the new 2011/12 Aston Villa football jersey is inspired by the club’s famous chequered flag, synonymous with fans at The Holte End at Villa Park. Which echoes the tiling seen at the Barton Arms pub, a stones throw from the stadium (and said to be the original place of inspiration for the iconic claret and pale blue club colours), a pattern which has become a club identity for fans in the local community and beyond.
The new Nike home football shirt is a claret all over chequered pattern, with a light blue crew neck collar and light blue sleeves. The words “Pride of Birmingham” sit inside of the shirt on the back of the club crest, sitting next to the heart to demonstrate both players and fans Inner Pride.
While the history and tradition of the club is present in the shirt design, the new home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester – which for the first time includes both the shirt and shorts. The home kit shorts are white with a light blue stripe on the back near the bottom of each leg, while the socks are black with a claret and light blue top.
Each complete kit is made up of up to thirteen reclaimed plastic water bottles. This new manufacturing process reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing traditional polyester and saves nearly 100 million plastic water bottles from being dumped at landfill sites.
The light weight playing kits (13% lighter than previous versions) actively regulate the players’ body temperatures on the pitch to keep them dry and cool at all times through use of Nike Dri-FIT technology. This technology draws sweat away from the player’s body through the material where it can evaporate.
There's sure to be plenty of transfer activity at Villa Park before the new Premier League season kicks-off, so fans may want to wait before deciding which player to get on the back of their shirt! But for those who can't wait, the new Aston Villa home shirt can be pre-ordered now ahead of going on general sale on 23rd July.
It's a tricky task redesigning such an iconic football kit, but what are the fans' opinions of the new Nike Aston Villa home 11/12 football shirt? Share your thoughts with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook.