For the first time since 2013, five-time World Cup champions Brazil will don new uniforms courtesy of the launch of their 2016/17 home and away kits from Nike on Thursday.
The release of the new home shirt will see the retirement of the now infamous “Camisa 7 – 1” jersey worn by the team during their embarrassing defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The new Brazil home and away kits will continue to be worn by the like of Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho during their 2016/17 match calendar. Both will be available at World Soccer Shop, Subside Sports, UK Soccer Shop, Lovell Soccer and Kitbag from March 24, 2016.
According to Nike: The most decorated nation in global football, Brasil, will step onto the pitch in 2016 in new home and away Nike Vapor kits with AeroSwift technology. The vibrant “Canarihno” yellow and vivid blue themes of the respective kits blend symbols of the country’s storied football history with cutting-edge Nike AeroSwift technology that enables on-pitch focus by reducing distractions.
“Brasil’s 2016 National Team kits represent a completely new system of dress built for speed,” confirms Martin Lotti, Creative Director of Nike. “Throughout Nike’s two years of development around the new Nike Vapor Kit with AeroSwift technology, we worked with athletes to ensure this meets even their most demanding needs, and now we get to see the kits in action on the world’s best teams.”
The new home kit features a “Canarinho” yellow body. On the chest, engineered knit zones create a geometric pattern that enhances fit, with smaller mesh shapes at the bottom of the graphic.
Odes to national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the shirt. The high-density federation crest is heat pressed to the chest and surrounded by five stars. “Brasil” appears underneath the crest and is also knit into the back collar. “Amor” (Love) and “Orgulho” (Pride) adorn the inside cuffs while the inside of the body reveals the iconic diamond of the Brasilian flag encircled by the rallying cry “Nascido Para Jogar Futebol” (Born to Play Football).
The sides of the kit feature a green stripe that runs the length of the shirt and down traditional blue shorts. Expanding when the player is in motion, the stripe maximizes ventilation and reveals bold flashes of underlying yellow. White socks highlight the most dynamic part of the footballer’s body, the lower legs, to accentuate speed.
The team’s new away kit showcases the same innovations and design details as the home kit but in the team’s vivid traditional blue, with a contrasting light blue upper back panel and sleeves produced by cross-dyeing white with the aforementioned blue. The away kit also features classic white shorts as well as a blue option. The new away socks are blue with an ombre effect that references the blurring speed of Brazilian players.