Nike and the KNVB have officially launched the mainly blue Netherlands 2014 World Cup away kit. The new Dutch alternate shirt will be available along with the rest of the Holland 125th Anniversarycollection (including their 2014/15 home jersey) at World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports and Kitbag.
According to Nike: The Netherlands will wear a unique and vibrant new away kit that combines performance innovation with design details from Dutch culture – unveiled at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam by national team players Joël Veltman, Davy Klaassen and Jean-Paul Boëtius.
“The design of this away jersey is youthful and will inspire pride in Dutch players and fans,” said Martin Lotti Global Creative Director, Nike Football.
The new Netherlands jersey features an isometric grid pattern of interlocking chevrons that start at the top as bright blue and gradually become darker, ending as imperial purple at the hem.
The pattern has a glow and depth, representing the prominence of water in Dutch life and the country’s landscape.
The blue in the pattern signifies the Dutch royal family and the color of the cross that appears in their official flag.
This design also reflects the essence of Dutch football and the dynamic style of National Team Coach Louis van Gaal’s team, wherein each player subverts themselves to the team and intricate passing and movement conforms to a system.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Dutch Football Association, the kit features a striking new crest.
This impressive crest on the away jersey is an enlarged, orange lion that symbolizes the new era in Dutch football and the team’s core values of simplicity, honor and unity.
Beneath the crest is the Royal Dutch Football Association’s founding year of 1889, alongside 2014 to commemorate their 125th anniversary.
Hidden inside the cuff is an orange trim, which players can turn out to show their individuality.
Inside the back of the neck is a pennant tab showcasing the crown that sits upon the lion’s head on the Association’s crest.
Nike also collaborated with the legendary Dutch graphic designer and typographer Wim Crouwel to create a font for the jersey’s names and numbers.
Crouwel used the back of the Holland away jersey as his canvas to specially create a modern font with an appealing retro aesthetic. The lines inside the numbers are reminiscent of the numbers famously seen in football in the 1970s. Each number also houses a small Royal Dutch Football Association crest at the bottom.
“As well as being comfortable and cool to play in, the new away kit really stands out,” said Dutch footballer Gregory van der Wiel. “I like the bright colors and I hope the fans will too.”
The new shorts are imperial purple. Simple and iconic, the fit is slimmer and more tailored to the body with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort. The center back of the shorts features Nike’s signature laser vents to aid in cooling and allow for moisture management. The new away socks are also imperial purple.