Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the KNBV (Royal Dutch Football Association) sees the release of the Netherlands World Cup 2014 kit by Nike.
The new shirt features an updated crest, with a classic looking lion which has been used on the Dutch kit since 1907. The crown that normally sits above the lion’s head on the association’s crest has been moved to a pennant shape on the inside of the back collar. Mesh panels and laser-cut holes provide ventilation for the players and the technology will be put to test in the heat of Brazil this summer. The Nike Pro Base Layer provides increased breathability. All teams will have a choice of the technology which is tailored for the varying weather conditions expected during the World Cup in South America.
The designers at Nike used 3D body scans of top footballers to identify the physique of todays players.
Nike have collaborated with legendary Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel for the Holland shirt’s names and numbers typeface. The typographer is known for his New Alphabet and Gridnik typefaces. The modern design has a retro feel and features lines inside the numbers which hints at the style of numbering seen on shirts in the 1970s. The stamp of the Dutch football federation is seen at the bottom of the numbers.