The most decorated nation in global football, Brasil, will step onto the pitch in 2016 in new home and away Nike Vapor kits with AeroSwift technology. The vibrant “Canarihno” yellow and vivid blue themes of the respective kits blend symbols of the country’s storied football history with cutting-edge Nike AeroSwift technology that enables on-pitch focus by reducing distractions.
“Brasil’s 2016 National Team kits represent a completely new system of dress built for speed,” confirms Martin Lotti, Creative Director of Nike. “Throughout Nike’s two years of development around the new Nike Vapor Kit with AeroSwift technology, we worked with athletes to ensure this meets even their most demanding needs, and now we get to see the kits in action on the world’s best teams.”
BRASIL HOME KIT
The new home kit features a “Canarinho” yellow body. On the chest, engineered knit zones create a geometric pattern that enhances fit, with smaller mesh shapes at the bottom of the graphic.
Odes to national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the shirt. The high-density federation crest is heat pressed to the chest and surrounded by five stars. “Brasil” appears underneath the crest and is also knit into the back collar. “Amor” (Love) and “Orgulho” (Pride) adorn the inside cuffs while the inside of the body reveals the iconic diamond of the Brasilian flag encircled by the rallying cry “Nascido Para Jogar Futebol" (Born to Play Football).
The sides of the kit feature a green stripe that runs the length of the shirt and down traditional blue shorts. Expanding when the player is in motion, the stripe maximizes ventilation and reveals bold flashes of underlying yellow. White socks highlight the most dynamic part of the footballer’s body, the lower legs, to accentuate speed.
BRASIL AWAY KIT
The team’s new away kit showcases the same innovations and design details as the home kit but in the team’s vivid traditional blue, with a contrasting light blue upper back panel and sleeves produced by cross-dyeing white with the aforementioned blue. The away kit also features classic white shorts as well as a blue option. The new away socks are blue with an ombre effect that references the blurring speed of Brasilian players.
2016 Brasil home and away kits are available beginning March 24 at Nike.com and select retailers.
Nike AeroSwift Technology
The most technologically advanced kits to date, Nike AeroSwift Vapor kits are 10% lighter, with 50% more stretch than the kits they replace. They employ a new, textured high-performance yarn that wicks sweat from the skin 20% faster than Nike’s most recent football kits, while also drying 25% faster. Additionally, both the shirt and shorts are constructed using a new knitting process that integrates single and double knit to enhance breathability, stretch and fit.
Commitment to Sustainability
Nike leverages sustainable innovation for its football kits through the use of recycled polyester, delivering unrivaled performance and lower environmental impact.
The kit’s shirt and shorts are constructed with recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles melted down to produce a fine yarn.
Each kit is made using approximately 16 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than three billion plastic bottles from landfills into recycled polyester, enough to cover about 5,200 football pitches.