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Nike Football Presents Brasil National Team Third Kit

Written By Themba Khumalo on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

For the first time, the Brasilian National Team has a complete third kit designed by Nike. The kit pays tribute to the dynamic and diverse country, from its natural landscape to its vibrant culture.

The third jersey uses a dark, almost black, shade of green, evoking the country’s lush landscape and urban nightlife. The deep hue sets off vivid yellow detailing of the team crest and Swoosh.

Similar to Brasil’s national home jersey, the third uniform displays an illustration on the inside of the collar. Created by Bruno Big, a designer from Rio de Janeiro, the illustration shows a hand in a figa – the Brasilian equivalent to the “fingers crossed” gesture, a traditional superstition believed to bring good luck.

The shorts pay tribute to another sport loved by Brasilians – surfing – with a longer cut than traditional football shorts. Blue, green and yellow horizontal stripes make reference to Brasil’s national flag. Green socks complete the look.

Brasil’s third jersey is made with a new dual-knit fabrication that incorporates cotton and recycled polyester for the best in moisture-wicking properties, while adding a softer feel and more flattering shape. It takes sweat away from the body to the outside of the fabric, allowing for faster evaporation. Tests measuring body temperature pinpointed areas of the body that most need cooling. Nike placed zoned ventilation — composed of tiny laser-cut holes— under the arms down to the hem to improve air circulation and add comfort.

In line with Nike’s commitment to superior performance with lower environmental impact, the shirt, shorts — and for the first time in a national team kit — the socks, all feature fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted almost two billion bottles from landfills, enough to cover more than 2,800 full-sized football pitches.

The jersey will be available in store in Brasil on Feb 19.

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