FIFA World Cup semi-finalists in 2002 and EURO semi-finalists in 2008, Turkey is currently ranked 25th in the world by FIFA. After failing to qualify for EURO 2012, the Turks now have their sights set on a qualification run for the 2014 World Cup.
With the qualifiers kicking off later this year, the Turkey Nike 2012/13 away kit (now available at the Nike Store) has been launched. According to Nike: Turkey’s new away kit represents the country’s football heritage and national symbols in a contemporary and stylish new design.
The away shirt is an updated version of the design Turkey wore in their first-ever game and for the next 40 years. It is white with a red crew neck collar and a red chest stripe, with the crest in the center…
Inside the back of the neck is a graphic of the All Seeing Eye, also known as the Evil Eye or Nazar Boncugu. It’s a charm in Turkish culture that promises to bring bearers luck and keep a watchful eye over them, warding off evil and keeping them safe.
The away shorts are white. The home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also white with a red stripe at the top.