Following last week’s preview, federation technical sponsor Nike has unveiled the Portugal EURO 2012 away kit. It will be the road uniform of team captain Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Portuguese national team during the 2012/13 international season and is now available at World Soccer Shop.
According to Nike: Portugal’s new away kit draws inspiration from the country’s adventurous seafaring history and famous explorers.
The away jersey is white with a large cross on the front — a revered national symbol that was emblazoned on the sails of Portuguese ships. The half-red, half-green cross is divided diagonally at the center to represent the Armillary Sphere, a Portuguese national symbol for 500 years and also found on the nation’s flag. Another Armillary Sphere symbol can be found inside the jersey’s neck.
In line with Nike’s commitment to superior athletic performance and lower environmental impact, the fabric of the new kit’s shorts is made with 100 percent recycled polyester, while the fabric of the shirts is made with at least 96 percent recycled polyester. Each kit is made using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles.
The fabric is also up to 23 percent lighter than the version four years ago. Embedded with Nike Dri-FIT technology, the kits help to regulate players temperatures on the pitch by removing sweat from the body to keep them dry and cool faster than ever before.
Laser-cut ventilation on the shirt promotes localised cooling where athletes need it most so they can remain focused on the game.
A new double knit structure and yarns also makes this kit 20 percent stronger, with no compromise to fit and feel and natural cotton added for comfort.
The away shorts are white. The away socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also white with a small green cross on the back of each calf.