New Italy Home Kit
Wednesday is the launch day for the brand new Italian football kit designed by Puma.
These days Italian football is more Mario Balotelli than Roberto Baggio but authentic fans of Gli Azzurri will still want to get their hands on the team’s jersey in time for the 2016 European Championships.
Youngsters who follow the Italian national side will probably be fans of Marco Verratti the talented midfielder who plays in France for Paris Saint Germain while those of us who remember Baggio will probably have a genuine affection for a legend of the beautiful game in Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon (pictured at the top).
Regardless of whether you’re young or old, Puma are releasing the shirt to the market on Wednesday and it will be available for all the Tifosi to purchase in South Africa from January 2016.
The high crew neck collar is a reference to great Azzurri shirts from the past, keeping this design detail alive in the modern day. Thin embossed vertical stripes along the front, sleeves and back draw back to the traditional pinstripe detail of Italian fashion.
Additional design elements include form stripe mesh inserts along the shoulders, high sleeve cuffs, golden sleeve piping and the side vent ‘tricolore’ flag detail on the left and right of the hem. The blue home shirt is combined with traditional white shorts and blue socks that also feature subtle golden details.
Italy’s new shirt features PUMA’s new apparel technology ACTV Thermo-R, strategically inserted in both the front and the back of the shirt to help players maintain an optimum body temperature. A unique phase-change material is injected into the shirt’s inner athletic tape which allows microcapsules to absorb excess heat and release it back to the body when needed. The taping in the shirt provides an extra snug fit, micro-massaging the skin in specific areas to provide a faster, more effective energy supply to the active muscles.
The authentic shirt containing the ACTV tape will be specially packaged and available from R 2699 while replica shirts will be available from R 1099 nationwide.