Nike introduces today the new Club America home kit, inspired in the club’s most successful era so far, the 1980s.
Founded 97 years ago and based in Mexico City, Club America is the most popular team in Mexico and has seen tremendous success. They won the Clausura 2013 tournament and have 11 championship titles overall, tying the mark for most championships in Mexican league history.
Club America will play at home this season in a striking new kit. The design is an evolution of an earlier kit worn by Club America during the 1980s, a time when they won five Mexican league titles, which is known as “La Decada Dorada” (The Golden Decade).
The new home shirt is in the club’s traditional yellow and features a deep chevron graphic consisting of a faded blue dot pattern. This is finished with red trim taken directly from the 1980s kit. The shirt also has a yellow crossover V-neck and blue trim on the cuffs of the sleeves.
Inside the neck of the home shirt is a blue bonded woven label featuring a large "A" with the profile of an eagle embedded in the top, representing one of the club’s nicknames — Aguilas (Eagles).
The home shorts are yellow with a thin blue stripe along the sides, while the socks are yellow with a narrow blue band at the top and the club’s initials on the front.
The kit showcases Nike’s belief in style, craft and pride while aiding the performance of players with key technological features.
The home and away kit are made from Nike’s revolutionary recycled polyester, which reflects Nike’s commitment to producing athletic wear with a lower environmental impact. The shirt and shorts of each kit are made from up to 13 recycled plastic water bottles.
This pioneering process in which plastic bottles are melted down in to a yarn that is then spun into recycled polyester reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing polyester.
Since 2010, Nike diverted over 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfills though the use of recycled polyester.
FABRIC AND NIKE DRI-FIT
Both kits are made of fabric weighing just 145 grams, which is 23 percent lighter than previous Nike kits. It also boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and a significantly-improved stretch.
The fabric is integrated with Nike Dri-FIT technology, which draws away sweat from the body to keep the athletes cool, dry and focused on their game.
Updated and improved ventilation zones consist of tiny laser-cut holes on the sides of the shirt and the waistband of the shorts. These, along with mesh across the entire back of the shirt, allow air inside the kit for additional comfort and cooling.
FIT AND CONSTRUCTION
This season, the home and away kit have a more athletic and dynamic fit. Nike employed an innovative program of 3D body scanning of some of the world’s leading footballers to produce a design more tailored to the contours of their bodies.
The kit has been crafted with bonded T-bars at the junctions of the shirts to support the seams, and inner welded seams with a clean finish give a more striking appearance while also increasing comfort and performance.
The kits will be available at Nike stores and select Mexico retailers from July 20.