Nike take a minimal approach for the new 2012 Portugal Home Shirt, set to be worn throughout the European Championships by Cristiano Ronaldo and co. Simple and clean, the new home jersey is a world away from A Selecção's cross-bearing away jersey. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Classic in design and style, Portugal's new home kit has been augmented with symbols from their seafaring history. For the new Nike Portugal 2012 Home Shirt, the attention is in the detail. Less really is more. Share your thoughts online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Gone is the green chest band. In its place, a full red body with a green crew neck. On the sleeves are green crosses formed from thin stripes, with the horizontal lines extending around the entire cuff. Inside the neck is an Armillary Spehere – a navigation instrument - in reference to Portugal's 500 year old national symbol.
Nike have taken a different approach with the shorts, changing the colour from white to red in a move that uniforms the kit far more effectively. The new home socks – now with improved cushioning for greater comfort – are also red with a thin green stripe at the top and a small green cross on the back of each calf.
Nike view a football shirt the same as a football boot, they see it as a piece of performance equipment which is why it is packed full with technology. The key technical insights on the Portugal 2012 Home Kit are Nike’s dri-fit fabrication which is 23% lighter.
That combined with the laser venting on the side of the jersey which provides localised cooling means that the athletes can concentrate on their game with zero distractions.
Finally, as part of Nike’s commitment to high performance and low environmental impact, each of Nike's Federation kits are made from up to thirteen recycled plastic bottles without any compromise to performance.
Let us know what you think of the redesigned Portugal kit. Can you see Portugal lifting the European trophy this summer? Join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.