After claiming their first continental title in France two years ago, Portugal will travel to Russia this summer as kings of Europe — and they’ll do it wearing a collection befitting their new regal status.
The home kit delivers a rich, classically Portuguese aesthetic topped off with celebratory splashes of gold that symbolize their landmark victory.
“The collection is inspired by the success of two years ago,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “That comes through in the home kit with this concept of modern royalty. From Luis Figo to Cristiano, Portugal have a number of iconic characters who have led and united the squad.”
If one player fits the collection’s theme of modern royalty, it’s the Portuguese captain, whose record-breaking exploits, big-game pedigree and leadership qualities command undiluted reverence from his teammates and countrymen.
“Ronaldo is a Portuguese hero,” explains Hoppins. “We wanted to tell the story of the modern king of football leading this new team.”
Ronaldo may remain the king, but the emergence of players such as André Silva, João Mario and André Gomes keeps Portugal’s footballing future bright.
“With the home kit, we celebrated where we are with Portugal; the away is all about what’s next,” says Hoppins. “Portugal is a nation of discovery and that absolutely extends to their passion and attitude toward football.”
The away kit nods to this relentless hunt for fresh talent through symbols from their naval history.
The team’s pre-match jersey continues the powerful themes with a large Portuguese cross, taken from the national flag, dominating the front. Together, the kits send a message that this nation is hungry for more success.
The Portugal home kit will be available March 23 on Nike.com, the away kit will be available April 26.
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