FC Zenit Saint Petersburg begins the 2015-16 season as champions. Joining the ranks of Russian football royalty, Zenit became the first club outside Moscow to claim the league title five times and, with that accomplishment, secure the privilege of placing a commemorative star above its club crest. This achievement is celebrated in the design of the club’s new home and away kits, which also honor 90 years of tradition.
From its amateur foundation, Zenit has blossomed into one of Europe’s leading clubs. Its accolades include the USSR Cup in 1944, Russian championships in 1984, 2007, 2010, 2011-12 and 2014-15, and the 2007-8 UEFA Cup.
To commemorate the club's 90th anniversary year, the new light blue home jersey features an inner pride badge with the number 90 lining the back of the neck. Additional visual elements include a unique, new graphic representing the waves of the Neva River, within which Petrovsky Island, home to Zenit’s stadium, sits.
“It is always exciting to see a new jersey for the upcoming season,” says Zenit midfielder Oleg Shatov. “You can see how much work and attention to detail went into the development of the kit. Club colors, symbols and a new star will motivate and inspire us to strive for new victories.”
Zenit’s new away kit reverses the design, employing light blue patterns — accentuating the contours of the body and representing the swell and texture of the Neva River — against a bright white base.
The launch of the new kit concludes the club’s “Reign Supreme” campaign, which cast the Zenit players as 19th-century Russian aristocrats strategizing for future glory. In the final scenes, the team is dressed in its new uniform, signaling preparedness for the 2015-16 season.
While this new kit acts as a proud symbol of the club, it has also been designed to help players excel by providing the very latest in performance innovation, fabric technology, moisture management and environmental sustainability.
Nike Dri-Fit technology
Nike Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the jersey and short, where it quickly evaporates, keeping players cooler, drier and more comfortable.
Laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels in key areas are designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation and helping regulate body temperature.
The jersey features engineered mesh fabric in both its front and back panels to increase airflow and facilitate enhanced movement.
Nike places sustainable innovation at the heart of its kits through the use of recycled polyester, delivering unrivaled performance and lower environmental impact.
Each piece of the kit – shirt, shorts and socks – is constructed with recycled polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles melted down to produce a fine yarn then used to create the fabric. Each kit uses an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than two billion plastic bottles from landfills into recycled polyester – enough to cover about 3,500 football pitches.
By using recycled polyester, Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the manufacturing process by up to 30 percent compared to virgin polyester. For more information, visit nikebetterworld.com.