Defending Russian Premier League champions FC Zenit Saint Petersburg is a Russian soccer club from the city Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1925 (or in 1914 according to some Russian sources), the club currently is one of the richest in the country due to the the ownership of the club by Gazprom.
A European regular, Zenit were the winners of the 2008 UEFA Cup. They also added the 2008 UEFA Super Cup to their trophy cabinet by famously beating then Champions League winners Manchester United 2-1. The club made it to the Round of 16 of the last season’s UEFA Champions League for the first time last season.
Earlier today Zenit St. Petersburg launched their Nike 2012/13 home and away jerseys (now available at the Nike Store). According to Nike: “The new Zenit kit reflects the strong link between the club and St Petersburg, with the club seen as an important symbol of the northern capital.
Nike designers were inspired by famous Zenit arrow and and one of the iconic Saint-Petersburg locations, Vasilevskiy island. The arrow is the main feature of the new design and is graphically repeated in the Russian constructivism style. The arrow points diagonally upwards as a symbol of the team’s will to win.
The home kit features the traditional color of the team’s unique laser blue.. The away kit is classic white with a contrasting arrow. Underneath the club emblem there is an inscription which symbolized the player’s and fan’s fidelity to the team. It reads:Our name is Zenit, The collar has been also been updated and features the golden lions, another strong symbol associated with the team and St Petersburg.”
The new Zenit home strip will be worn in match action for the first time during the club’s Russian Super Cup meeting with Rubin Kazan on July 14th at the Metallurg Stadium.