The Football Association of Ireland has officially unveiled the Umbro Republic of Ireland 2010 home kit. According to the FAI website:
Today Monday 15th February, 2010 UMBRO officially unveiled the new Ireland Home Kit 2010 at Carroll’s FAI Store, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2.The kit has been given a complete makeover with a darker shade of green or ‘St Patrick’s Green’, a new version of the FAI crest trimmed in gold, gold seam detail and a new anatomical design which brings together performance and style.
The new home kit will be worn for the first time on 2nd March when the Republic of Ireland face Brazil in a friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium…
Commenting on the new kit Lorcan O’Connor, Director of Carroll’s FAI Store, said “The new kit is like nothing we have ever seen before, it is a fusion of anatomical design and traditional tailoring. The overall look takes inspiration from vintage Irish kits and pays homage to the past in terms of the heritage of Irish teams and an understanding of “What It Means” to be Irish. UMBRO has developed a modern uniform with a familiar look, which I am sure Irish fans will be proud off…
New Kit Features:
– The traditional colour of the Irish team was a darker shade of green rather than the Emerald Green, of recent years. The shade for the new kit is called St Patrick’s Green which is one of the key changes from recent kits.
– Hooped socks: worn by Irish teams through the 50’s and 60’s including legends such as Johnny Giles. It is believed that the hooped sock makes it harder for defenders to read what attackers are about to do.
– Gold trim: added to the new version of the FAI crest and the seam detail takes inspiration from the iconic caps awarded to players at the end of each international season.
– New Anthem jacket: as with the kit, no detail has been over looked and small touches like the ribbed collar and cuffs and the use of the gold Eire embroidery on the back neck, ensures that the Irish team will be ready for anything.