As many international soccer fans look toward the 2012 ASEAN Football Championship (also known as the Tiger Cup and the AFF Suzuki Cup) later this month, a number of Southeast Asian national team kits are being launched. The latest release is the highly-anticipated Indonesia Nike 2012/14 home kit.
The Merah Putih (Reds and Whites) 12/14 Nike home kit was unveiled by the American sportswear firm and the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) on Monday. It will be worn by the side for the first time later this week when Indonesia meets Timor-Leste and Cameroon in international friendlies.
Indonesia is looking to win its first ASEAN Football Championship this year following up runner-up finishes in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2008.
Currently ranked 165th in the world by FIFA, Indonesia is pooled with tournament co-hosts Malaysia, Singapore and Laos in Group B of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
According to Nike: Each federation kit is developed around key insights inspired by the national identity and the distinctive football culture of every nation. The Garuda National Team jersey features the Garuda emblem on the left chest, providing strong motivation’ to each player wearing it.
Printed on the inside of the jersey is the phrase ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’, or ‘unity in diversity’ which serves as an inspiration for the team. In addition, inspiration was drawn from the Garuda National Team uniform from the 1950s, with distinctive green elements incorporated in the arms and below the jersey.