2010 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 team Slovakia have signed a technical sponsorship deal with PUMA. The Slovakia PUMA 2012/13 home and away kit to be worn for the country’s international friendlies and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers over the next year were unveiled as part of the signing announcement.
According to a PUMA press release: Global Sportslifestyle brand PUMA today announced a new partnership with the Slovak Football Association, becoming the Official Supplier of apparel and equipment for all the associated Slovak National Football teams, including the men’s A team, Olympic , Junior and the Women’s National Football team. The new PUMA Slovak National Home and Away kits were also unveiled at a press conference in Bratislava.
The Slovak “A” team will debut the new home kit during the game against Turkey on the 29 February 2012. The team will also wear these playing kits throughout its 2014 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ qualifying campaign, as Slovakia look to build on the success of reaching the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Alongside the partnership announcement, PUMA unveiled the new Slovak National Home and Away kits. These new kits are part of the PUMA Power12 collection which also includes the PowerCat 1.12 football boots. The kits are based around the Slovak National flag colours; the Home shirt is designed in white with blue details and the Away shirt is blue with white details. Both kits include the Slovak National Emblem on the left chest side and PUMA branding. The design of the kit reflects the dynamic and modern character of the Slovak National Team.
The Kit´s POWER technology was developed using 3D motion analysis, a scientific method for detection and quantification of human movement. Details of this analysis are incorporated into the design of the outfits and ensure that the player moves with minimum power and energy.
The press conference was held in the EXIsport store in Eurovea Galleria, Bratislava before the Slovak Footballer of the Year declaration. The new kits were presented by Slovak National Football team players – Kamil Kopúnek, Juraj Kucka and Michal Brezanik. The press conference was also attended by Ján KováÄik (Slovak Football Association president) and Paul Gautier (PUMA Czech and Slovak Republic General Manager).