Sunday, June 24, 2012

Portugal Euro 2012 team kits

Portugal have been drawn in Group B together with Holland, Denmark and Germany. Currently ranked fifth in the world by FIFA, Portuguese have never won the Euros but were runners-up in 2004. The team made the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup two years later. The national football team is controlled by the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol and during their qualification campaign for the upcoming European Championship, they won 5 out of their 8 qualification matches, losing 2 against minnows Iceland and Cyprus, and finishing a game with the score of 4-4 against Cyprus. They finished 2nd in their group with 3 points less than Denmark.

Portugal home kits
Inspiration: Portugal’s new home kit has been augmented with symbols from their glorious seafaring history.

The new Portugal Nike dri-fit home kit is a classic design, featuring an all red body with an elegant green crew neck collar. On the sleeves are green crosses formed from thin stripes, with the horizontal lines extending around the entire cuff, to represent the revered Portuguese national symbol, which was emblazoned on the sails of the ships Portugal’s explorers navigated around the world.Inside the neck is an Armillary Sphere, an astronomical and navigation instrument, which these explorers used to discover the world. It has been a national symbol for over 500 years, featuring in architecture, and most famously as the background to the Portuguese shield on the national flag.The new home shorts are red, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, are also red with a thin green stripe at the top and a small green cross on the back of each calf.

Portugal Away kits
Inspiration: From the country's adventurous seafaring history and famous explorers.

The shirt has a white base colour and as part of the design, with a large cross on the front – a revered national symbol that was emblazoned on the sails of Portuguese ships. The half-red, half-green cross is divided diagonally at the center to represent the Armillary Sphere, a Portuguese national symbol for 500 years and also found on the nation’s flag. Another Armillary Sphere symbol can be found inside the jersey’s neck. In addition to the shirt, the away shorts are white. The away socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also white with a small green cross on the back of each calf.

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