One of the fastest-growing football nations in the world, China, has high aspirations and an unwavering resolve to reach the pinnacle of football. China celebrates the overwhelming passion shared by the team and its millions of fans with the 2018 China national team collection.
With a red chest and yellow sleeves, the 2018 home shirt colors represent prosperity and blessings. On the chest is the iconic federation crest boasting five stars from the national flag, along with a Chinese dragon and phoenix serpentine. The jersey features a modern collar that connects around the neck to a knit tape at the back. Within, a unique inner pride element displays a dragon — embodying royalty and power — and echoing the spirit of the crest. The women’s jersey features a phoenix in place of the dragon as the inner pride piece.
“It’s a parrallel honor for every Chinese player to play for our country wearing this shirt,” says Wu Lei, the frontman of China’s Men’s National Team. “The iconic colors and cultural design remind us of our mission to defend the pride of Chinese football.”
“China has a vibrant football culture; we wanted the kit to reflect that and leveraged our pinnacle apparel innovation to do so,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “Building off the dragon’s presence within the crest, we utilized Nike’s Vaporknit sleeves to create an abstract nod to a dragon breathing fire.”
The China national team collection also includes Vaporknit training apparel and lifestyle clothing for men and women. China’s pre-match jersey features an exaggerated representation of the crest elements, the dragon and phoenix in perfect harmony.
The collection will be available May 10 on nike.com.
The 2018 China national team collection features Fast Fit Vaporknit kits to facilitate speed through performance and aesthetic.
A New Chapter for Nike Football in China
Nike is extending its commitment to Chinese football with a 10-year partnership with China Super League.
In addition to unveiling the national team collection for China, Nike has announced a 10-year commitment with the China Super League (CSL), CFA, grassroots events and community services. Nike will also continue to support HKFA, Macau FA and other clubs throughout Greater China. This contract renewal reflects Nike’s commitment to the growth of football in China, with support at both professional and grassroots levels.