Nike have revealed the new Socceroos kit for the 2014 World Cup paying tribute to Australia’s first tournament team of 1974 and with obvious comparisons to current hosts Brazil.
The kit sees a return of white socks and green collar, a nod to the country’s first World Cup representatives, the side that competed at the 1974 tournament in Germany.
Inside the back of the neck is a quote from 1974 Socceroos captain Peter Wilson: “We can do the impossible.”
Nike also placed the Australian crest within a new shield design that replicates the badge worn on the jerseys in 1974.
According to Nikeinc.com, designers utilized three-dimensional body scans of elite footballers to collect data on the form of today’s players and identify an updated fit, improving comfort and allowing the body to move more naturally within the kit.
Nike Dri-FIT technology pulls moisture away from the skin to the outside of the garment where it evaporates more quickly. Laser-cut ventilation holes and engineered mesh in key areas where heat is generated allow for increased breathability and airflow across the skin.