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Nike and Lille Unveil New Home and Away Kits for 2014-15 Season

Today, Florent Balmont, Ryan Mendes, Sébastien Corchia, Franck Béria and Pape Souare proudly presented their club’s home and away kits for the 2014-15 season on the Lille training ground. The kits are inspired by the club’s illustrious past and reflective of their bright future in the French League.

Between 1944 and 1955, Lille was one of France’s most successful clubs and enjoyed what they still hail as “The Glorious Decade.” During this era, Lille dominated the French Division 1 league in 1946 and 1954, and won the Coupe de France five times in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953 and 1955.

HOME KIT

To honor the trophy-laden Glorious Decade, Lille’s new home kit is inspired by the designs worn by teams during the era, featuring bold chevron patterns on the chest.

The new home shirt is a modern classic design; it features a bright red triangle around the neck and upper chest, a tonal red chevron across the middle of the chest paying homage to ‘The Glorious Decade,” while the bottom of the shirt cascades into a darker red. 

The shirt’s collar is a blue constructed V-neck with a ribbed section at the back and a trim at the front.

A pennant tab featuring the Fleur-de-lis from the club’s crest can be found inside the neck of the shirt.

The new home shorts are blue with a thin red stripe on each side. The new home socks are blue with a wide red stripe of chevrons on the back. 

AWAY KIT

The new away kit boldly features the yellow and black of the Flanders flag as a symbol of regional pride for the French Flanders area of northern France next to the Belgian border.  

The new shirt has a vibrant yellow body and boasts a stylish black-ribbed polo neck collar with a placket featuring a single black button, and high black cuffs on the sleeves.

Similar to the home shirt, a pennant tab featuring the Fleur-de-lis from the club’s crest can be found inside the neck of the shirt.

The new away shorts are black with a thin yellow stripe on each side. The new away socks are yellow with a black band at the top and a wide black stripe of chevrons on the back.   

While the new kit features Nike’s signature design details, it also offers players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

NIKE DRI-FIT TECHNOLOGY

Nike Dri-Fit technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts where it quickly evaporates. This helps players to perform at their absolute best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.

The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels featured in key areas of the kit are designed to increase air circulation to the players’ bodies to help regulate their temperatures throughout ninety minutes on the pitch.

The kits are made of a new dual-knit fabric consisting of both cotton and recycled polyester, which as well as removing sweat offers a softer feel and an overall more flattering appearance.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Nike continues to place environmental sustainability at the heart of their kits, which are again made from recycled polyester this year. These kits have been created to provide both unrivalled performance benefits and lower environmental impact.

The kits are made from recycled plastic water bottles. The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester; the shirts are 96 percent recycled polyester, while the socks are 78 percent.

Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles, and over the last four years Nike has diverted almost two billion of these bottles from landfills to produce their kits.

By using recycled polyester Nike is also reducing the energy consumed in the entire process by up to 30 percent. 

A NEW AND UPDATED PERFECT FIT

Nike took 3D body scans of many of the world’s leading footballers to create a kit with an updated and perfect new fit. The new fit allows the body to move more naturally within the kit, and so effortlessly improves players’ comfort and performance. 

The Nike Elite Match fit sock for 2014 also boasts a sleeker and updated design created especially for football.

Nike’s designers spoke to many of today’s elite players to gain an insight in to what they wanted from a sock during a game. There are now strategically cushioned zones to provide comfort and protection around the big toe and the anklebones where the majority of impact occurs, while arch support provides a firm foundation for the foot to prevent any slipping.

There is less material on the sock to enhance players’ touch, while flex grooves on the ankle and top of the foot prevent bunching