Manchester City will play in their first ever Nike home kit next season – a kit that pays homage to their heritage while reflecting the club's modern style.
Manchester City revealed the kit against the backdrop of the dramatic Manhattan skyline at the start of their week-long New York Tour. A supporting cast of City fans from Manchester and the surrounding five boroughs performed the 'Poznan', as City stars James Milner, Matija Nastasic, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta showed off the 2013-14 home kit.
The new home shirt is a classic football design, and unmistakably Manchester City, featuring a sky blue body with a white ribbed crew neck and white ribbed cuffs on the sleeves. The collar and cuffs also feature dark blue trim to represent the color of the socks City wore as a part of one of their first ever kits in 1892.
The Manchester City club crest is placed inside a shield shape on the new jersey. This is inspired by the city of Manchester’s coat of arms, which City used as their own club crest for special occasions including the 1956 FA Cup final. Inside the neck is a bonded woven label featuring "Pride in Battle, the translation of the Latin phrase “Superbia in Proelio."
The new home shorts are white with a thin sky blue stripe along each side, and the socks are white with a sky blue band with dark blue trim at the top to represent the socks the club wore for more than half a century from 1892.
The kit showcases Nike’s belief in style, craft and pride while aiding the performance of players with key technological features.
The kit is made from recycled polyester as part of Nike’s commitment to produce performance apparel with reduced environmental impact. The shirt and shorts of each kit are made from up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles.
In the pioneering process, plastic bottles are chopped into flakes, then melted down to form yarn that is spun into fabric, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.
Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfill through the use of recycled polyester.
Fabric and Nike Dri-FIT
The kit weighs just 150 grams, 23 percent lighter than previous Nike kits. It also boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and significantly improved stretch.
The fabric uses Nike Dri-FIT technology to draw sweat away from the body through the fabric where it can evaporate, to keep players cool and dry.
Ventilation zones, consisting of tiny laser-cut holes, feature under the arms on both sides, as well as at the shorts waistband, to allow additional comfort and cooling. A mesh panel across the entire back increases air circulation.
Fit and construction
The shirt has been crafted with bonded T-bars to support the seams at key points and inner welded seams with a clean finish to give a more striking appearance, while also increasing comfort and performance.