French Ligue 1 team AS Monaco have announced a five-year partnership with American sportswear giant Nike. This season’s league runners-up have also unveiled their home kit for their 2014/15 domestic and UEFA Champions League campaigns. The new jersey will be available at World Soccer Shop, UK Soccer Shop and Subside Sports.
According to Nike: To coincide with the partnership announcement, AS Monaco stars Eric Abidal, Layvin Kurzawa, Falcao, Geoffrey Kondogbia and James Rodriguez unveiled the new home kit at the iconic La Turbie training center overlooking the Principality of Monaco.
The team will wear an elegant and modern new Nike home kit for the 2014-15 season that celebrates their glorious history.
In 1960-61, AS Monaco sported their famous red-and-white diagonal halves design for the very first time —the same season the club won their first French championship.
In recent years, the shirt evolved to have one white sleeve and one red sleeve to mirror the diagonal halves on the shirt’s body, but the first design from 1960 had two white sleeves.
To commemorate their success and this original design, the new AS Monaco kit will sport their famous red and white diagonal halves, and return to again having two white sleeves.
The shirt has a smart red polo neck collar, and boasts a dynamic and modern new club crest to symbolize an exciting new era for AS Monaco.
While this new crest retains the red and white stripes from the Monaco flag and is topped with a crown to represent their proud status as a constitutional monarchy, the emblem now has a sharper design with a vibrant and brighter gold border.
The club’s initials of ASM have been replaced with AS Monaco FC to boldly state their identity.
The new home shorts are white; the new home socks are also white with a red band at the top and a wide red stripe of chevrons on the back.