Nike today revealed the Australian National Team Kit the Socceroos will wear in the 2014 World Cup Brasil this summer. It will be available at World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports, UK Soccer Shop and Kitbag.
According to Nike: The new Socceroos kit combines the best in performance innovation with evocative design details that capture the unique and pioneering spirit of Australia, paying homage to the 1974 national team.
Current Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Michael Zullo and coach Ange Postecoglou were joined by Socceroos legends from each decade from the 1960s onwards, for the official launch in Walsh Bay, Sydney.
The jersey’s vibrant yellow was inspired by the color worn 40 years ago. When Australia reached the 1974 finals for the first time in West Germany, it was a remarkable achievement. Today, the players from that team are still revered as pioneers and heroes.
“The Socceroos will take on the world in Brasil, determined to represent every Australian by showing the same spirit that binds the fabric of our country,” said Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou. “The 1974 team were trailblazers for our country and the 2014 Socceroos will wear a strip that will help inspire our players to represent the values of Australia by paying tribute to the 1974 team.”
The jersey boasts a modern green Johnny collar, another reference to the iconic 1974 Socceroos kit. Nike’s design team crafted the Australian coat of arms on the chest of the jersey within a new shield that replicates the shape of the crest worn on the jerseys at the 1974 tournament, and fulfills the current Socceroos’ stated desire to “feel the history of our country.”
Inside the back of the neck is a woven pennant tab featuring Football Federation Australia’s logo surrounded by the famous quote, “We Socceroos can do the impossible,” uttered by Peter Wilson, the captain of the 1974 Australian squad.
“In addition to providing the latest performance and design innovation, our aim is to celebrate each country’s national pride,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director Nike Football. “We looked at the way Australia qualified in 1974. These same determined qualities endure today and we wanted to reflect them in a kit that celebrates Australia’s history and inspires the team that will play in Brasil.”