UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France will debut their new home and away kits in match play when they meet the Netherland, Russia and Cameroon during the late March international break.
The kits were unveiled by Nike and the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) yesterday. Both will be on sale at World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports, Lovell Soccer, UK Soccer Shop and Kitbag from March 24.
According to Nike: The predominantly cobalt blue and white themes of the respective kits blend symbols of France’s storied football history with cutting-edge Nike Aeroswift technology that enables on-pitch focus by reducing distractions for French athletes such as Blaise Matuidi, Raphaël Varane and Anthony Martial.
The France 2016/17 home kit features a hyper-cobalt blue body, a contemporary take on classic French blue, with a contrasting darker blue shoulders and sleeves produced by cross-dyeing black with the aforementioned blue. On the chest, engineered knit zones create a geometric pattern that enhances fit, with smaller mesh shapes at the bottom of the graphic.
Odes to national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the shirt. The high-density federation crest is heat pressed to the chest and “France” is knit into the back collar. “Fierte” (Pride) and “Bleu” (Blue) adorn the inside cuffs while the inside of the body reveals a hexagonal graphic, which represents the diverse, multi-cultural composition of modern France and is framed by the message “Nos Differences Nous Unissent” (Our Differences Unite Us).
The sides of the kit also have a black stripe that runs the length of the shirt and matching shorts. Expanding when the player is in motion, it maximizes ventilation and reveals bold flashes of underlying red.
New bright red Nike Hyperstrong Match Sleeves highlight the most dynamic part of the footballer’s body, the lower legs, to accentuate speed.
A manifestation of the French national flag, the Les Bleu’s EURO 2016 new away kit showcases the same innovations and design details as the home kit but with a “Tricolore” theme. The body of the shirt is white, whereas the right sleeve is blue and the left sleeve is red. The shorts are white while the kit’s side stripes are navy blue, with underlying light blue. The new away socks are dark blue with a light blue linear graphic on the calf.
“Speed is such an integral part of the modern game,” affirms Matuidi. “As an athlete, you are always looking to gain a competitive edge. These new kits feel different than anything I have ever worn before.”