Nike Football has revealed the China 2018/19 home kit that will be worn by the Chinese FA’s national teams over the next year. This includes at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and, most likely, FIFA Women’s World Cup.
With a red chest and yellow sleeves, the China 2018/19 Nike home shirt colors represent prosperity and blessings. On the chest is the iconic federation crest boasting five stars from the national flag, along with a Chinese dragon and phoenix serpentine.
The jersey features a modern collar that connects around the neck to a knit tape at the back. Within, a unique inner pride element displays a dragon — embodying royalty and power — and echoing the spirit of the crest. The women’s jersey features a phoenix in place of the dragon as the inner pride piece.
“It’s a parrallel honor for every Chinese player to play for our country wearing this shirt,” says Wu Lei, the frontman of China’s Men’s National Team. “The iconic colors and cultural design remind us of our mission to defend the pride of Chinese football.”
“China has a vibrant football culture; we wanted the kit to reflect that and leveraged our pinnacle apparel innovation to do so,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “Building off the dragon’s presence within the crest, we utilized Nike’s Vaporknit sleeves to create an abstract nod to a dragon breathing fire.”