Defining play by style: Nike x Netherlands

In the first in a couple of posts this morning dedicated to beautiful football kits, we kick off with the new away kit for The Netherlands National Football Team. Representing what a nations footballing culture is all about is a tough ask but that is what Nike have set out to do with this number which combines the country’s evocative national colors with a unique graphic design that captures the exhilarating speed of their football. Cool hey?

The Dutch are renowned for their speed and attacking style of play, moving the ball around the pitch quickly and surging forward at pace. The kit design represents the speed, movement and energy of the national team and combines innovative graphics with the iconic classic Dutch color palette of orange and white. After appearing on the cover of the latest Green Soccer Journal, photographed brilliantly too I might add, Gregory Van Der Wiel is clearly a leader in the football cool department.

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He’s naturally involved in this kit launch, noting; “This is a beautiful looking kit, really fresh but classic, and represents the Dutch spirit. When I put it on I feel inspired to play well for my country, the team and the fans,”

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The shorts feature a printed gradient speed graphic consisting of orange and white light rays, which extends up the side panels of the shirt to represent their distinctive style of football.

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The innovative graphic on the shorts creates a strong sense of motion and a blur of color and light when the Dutch players are in action. SERIOUSLY ACE SHORTS.

The color in the graphic is most intense in the middle and the deep hue comes together near the waist on the shorts and on the hem of the shirt before gradually becoming lighter down the shorts and up to under the arms of the shirt.

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The white base of the away shirt amplifies the famous saturated orange of the home shirt in the graphic, crest and numbers. The renowned Dutch graphic designer and typographer Wim Crouwel created a special font for the names and numbers on the kit. The bold and modern font also maintains a distinctly retro appearance, reminiscent of the style seen throughout football during the 1970s.

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The away shirt continues to feature the enlarged lion symbolizing Dutch football values of simplicity, honor and unity. A pennant tab inside the back of the neck displays the crown that sits upon the lion’s head on their association’s crest.

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The new away socks are white with a wide tonal stripe of chevrons on the calf at the back.

While the new kit features Nike’s signature style and passion, it has also been designed to offer players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

The new away kit will be available in stores and at nike.com starting March 21.

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