Peru’s Club Alianza Lima unveiled its Nike 2013 home kit during at an elaborate event on Thursday. The new uniform will be worn for the first time when the twenty-three time Peruvian First Division (Primera División Peruana) champions meet Bolivia’s Universitario de Sucre on Tuesday night.
The navy blue and white striped Alianza 2013 home kit uses a polo-collared Nike shirt design seen in several recent shirt releases from the American sportswear firm. These include the Santos 2012 third and Vitesse Arnhem 2012/13 home jerseys.
It captures the design and tradition of the shirt worn by the likes of Alianza Lima greats Cubillas, Sotil, Cueto, Velásquez and Duarte during the 1977-1978 period when the club won consecutive Peruvian league titles and made it to the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
According to Nike: The new kit is inspired by the passion of blanquiazul fans. Designed using 100 percent polyester, the kit features Nike Dri-FIT technology, which helps keep players dry and comfortable by wicking perspiration from the skin.
Fans played a unique part in the kit’s unveiling. A bus packed with supporters departed from a Nike store in downtown Lima, and fans showed their support via Twitter as they drove to the venue where the kit was unveiled to media.