TheKingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) unveiled the new national home and away kit for 2014-2015 revealing a design rich in national pride combined with the best in performance innovation.The team’s latest home and away kits pay homage to the country’s national heritage and feature classic football uniform design.
The new kits feature the signature Saudi whiteandgreen palette inspired by the national flag. The home jersey is classic white with green cuffs and green V-neck trim, while the away jersey is green with contrasting white details. White and green shorts and socks complement the jerseys and complete the clean look.
“It’s always an honor for my teammates and I to put on the Saudi national jersey,” said Salem Al-Dawsari, a Saudi National Team member. “I cannot wait to get out to the pitch and do my best to perform at the highest level while wearing our national colors.”
“The team’s comfort and performance on pitch is clearly our priority” saidAhmed Eid Head of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation. “With Nike Football innovations we are confident that the Kingdom’s national team will out-perform themselves in the upcoming tournament and will continue to maintain a leadership role in the region.”
The Saudi Arabia national football team considered one of Asia’s most successful national teams, Saudi Arabia has won the Gulf Cup of Nations, three times (1994, 2002, 2003), Asian Cup three times (1984, 1988, and 1996) and qualified for the World Cup four consecutive times ever since debuting at the 1994 tournament. It’s known by its fans as Al-Saqour (The Falcons) or Al-Akhdar (The Green).
“We are proud to partner with Saudi Arabianational football team; the leading team in the region. Mr. Mohammed Baker,CEO, Sun and Sand Sports said. “Through Nike Football we aim to help the team realize their goals and inspire their football fans across the world.”
Cooling and comfort
Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts where the moisture quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.
The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit also improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and regulating their temperatures throughout the 90 minutes on the pitch.
The kits are crafted from a new dual-knit fabric consisting of both cotton and recycled polyester, which removes sweat and offers a softer feel and an overall more flattering appearance.
Nike designers utilized three-dimensional body scans of elite footballers to collect data on the form of today’s players and identify an updated fit to improve comfort and allow the body to move more naturally within the kit.
In line with Nike’s commitment to superior performance with lower environmental impact, the kits continue to feature fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles.
Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, and since 2010, Nike has diverted almost 2 billion bottles from landfills — enough to cover more than 2,800 full-sized football pitches.
NIKE DRI-FIT TECHNOLOGY
Nike Dri-Fit technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.
“At Nike we make sure that form follows function. The new kits look great but the innovation behind how it’s manufacturedhas set a new standard of performance in the game.” Said Edgar Jorissen, Nike, Brand Director, Central and Eastren Europe.“Our Nike Dri-Fit technology helps athletesmanage sweat bykeepingtheir body cooler for longer periods, so they feel more comfortable, sweat less and perform better.”
The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit also improves performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and regulating their temperatures throughout ninety minutes on the pitch.
The kits are made of a new dual-knit fabric consisting of both cotton and recycled polyester, which as well as removing sweat offers a softer feel and an overall more flattering appearance.
Nike continues to place environmental sustainability at the heart of their kits, which are again made from recycled polyester this year.
These kits have been created to provide both unrivalled performance benefits and lower environmental impact.
The kits are made from recycled plastic water bottles. The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester; the shirts are 96 percent recycled polyester, while the socks are 78 percent.
Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, and over the last four years Nike has diverted almost two billion of these bottles from landfills to produce their kits.
By using recycled polyester Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the entire process by up to 30 percent.
The new third kit is available to purchase in Nike stores in the Kingdomat a cost of SAR 355 for Men and SAR 215 for Young Athletes.