adidas and the Japan Football Association (JFA) unveiled the 2016 home and away kits for the Japanese men’s national soccer team on Wednesday.
The Blue Samurai are expected to wear one of their new uniforms when they face Singapore at the Singapore Sports Hub Stadium in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening.
The Japan 2016 adidas home shirt uses a bespoke design for the four-time Asian Cup champions. The new jersey has a dark blue base with a ribbed v-neck collar. The collar extends onto the kit’s shoulders for a faux polo collar effect. A series of ten blue bands on the front of the kit and its base color represent the eleven players on the pitch representing the Japanese national team. A red line that runs through the bands signifies Japan’s passionate supporters – the twelfth man.
Bright blue bands accent the sleeve cuffs while the red of the Japanese national flag complete the collar on its back area. A Yatagarasu crow’s feather is printed on the inside neck of the jersey.
Japan’s 2016 adidas away kit is mainly white with a stunning ice blue print on its front. The shirt uses a modern crewneck collar in dark blue. The collar matches bands at the ends of the jersey’s sleeves. A stylized print of the Yatagarasu appears on the inside neck area.
The Japan 2016 home and away kits both feature an embroidered Japanese flag above the JFA crest and adidas trademark three stripes running down their sides. They will be on sale at Kitbag, World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports and UK Soccer Shop.