After overcoming Turkey in the play-offs to earn their slot in this summer's Euro 2012 Championships, Croatia have their sights firmly set on Poland and Ukraine with a new national away strip! Nike have re-dressed the Croatian national side for their European travels in an innovative and contemporary style.
Nike continue their recent roll-out of European away kits with the full reveal of Croatia's new uniform. Croatia’s unique kits have become an important and passionate symbol of the country. The new design will be worn throughout the European Championships and for Croatia's 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The new Nike Croatia away jersey is blue with a section of the torso revealing the country's famous red and white checks alongside the Croatian crest. The shirt features a round neck collar with the Nike logo appearing on the top right side of the chest, while each player number will sit on the front centre of the jersey.
In line with Nike’s commitment to superior athletic performance and lower environmental impact, the fabric of the new Croatia away shorts is made with 100 percent recycled polyester, while the fabric of the shirt is made with at least 96% recycled polyester. The 2012 Nike Croatia away kit is made using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles.
The fabric is also up to 23 percent lighter than the version four years ago. Embedded with Nike Dri-FIT technology, the kits help to regulate players temperatures on the pitch by removing sweat from the body to keep them dry and cool faster than ever before.
Laser-cut ventilation on the Nike Croatia away shirt promotes localised cooling where athletes need it most so they can remain focused on the game. A new double knit structure and yarns also makes this kit 20 percent stronger, with no compromise to fit and feel and natural cotton added for comfort.
Inside the neck is the message "Uvijek Vjern," which translates as ‘Always loyal’, to celebrate the loyalty Croatians feel for their football team since becoming an independent nation. The away shorts are blue. The away socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also blue with a wide band featuring the red and white checks.
It's an exciting period for replica releases, with the participating Euro 2012 countries making their final preparations for the upcoming Championships. Nike will have a total of four competing nations in Poland & Ukraine this summer including France, Holland, Portugal and Croatia. The recent away strips haven't disappointed with Holland and Croatia being the stand-out designs for us!
The new Nike Croatia 2012 Away Kit will be worn for the first time in Croatia's international friendly fixture with Sweden on 29.02.12. Let us know what you think of Nike's imaginative design! Share your thoughts and join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.