The Portugal National Team will seek new heights this year while playing in new home and away Nike Vapor kits with AeroSwift technology. The red and green themes of the respective kits speak to both the team’s experience and its youth, while the kit’s cutting-edge Nike AeroSwift technology enables on-pitch focus by reducing distractions for Portuguese players, like Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Wearing the shirt of the national team and playing with this symbol on my chest is always a great honor. We play for a whole country, for all the Portuguese living in Portugal or abroad, for our families, for our friends, and this is always special," says Ronaldo. "This new kit makes us feel stronger than ever, lighter and more agile. Me and my teammates can’t wait to start playing and winning matches with it!"
Portugal Home Kit
The new home kit features a vivid red body with a tonal deeper garnet red shoulder and sleeve produced by cross-dyeing black with the aforementioned red. On the chest, engineered knit zones create a geometric pattern that enhances the fit, with smaller mesh shapes at the bottom of the graphic.
Odes to national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the jersey. The high-density federation crest is heat pressed to the chest, and “Portugal” is knit into the back collar. “Nação” (Nation) and “Valente” (Brave), representing the adventurous spirit of the Portuguese, are knit into the inside cuffs while the inside of the body reveals an Armillary Sphere, a storied navigation tool that to pays homage to Portugal’s rich seafaring heritage.
The sides of the kit also have a dark green stripe that runs the length of the shirt and matching shorts. Expanding when the player is in motion, it maximizes ventilation and reveals bold flashes of underlying red.
Dark green socks feature a glowing, lighter green linear graphic on the calf, highlighting the most dynamic part of the footballer’s body, the lower legs, to accentuate speed.
Portugal Away Kit
A radical departure from previous designs, the team’s new luminous green away kit nods toward the team’s bright future.
"Nike has followed the National Team in historical national football moments — the achievements and the most challenging times,” explains Fernando Gomes, President of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). “We have always had this partner at our side. The Portuguese Football Federation is proud to count on the support of Nike in another defining moment. We hope that this new kit will be the kick-off for a positive campaign of our National Team in France."
The groundbreaking away kit showcases the same innovations and design details as the home kit, but the new shirt’s bright body is offset by a darker tonal green across the sleeves and upper back. The new away socks are dark green with a red linear graphic on the calf.
2016 Portugal home and away kits are available beginning March 24 on the Nike Football App and at Nike.com and select retailers stores. The kits are scheduled to debut on-pitch the following day, March 25.
Nike AeroSwift Technology
The most technologically advanced kits to date, Nike Vapor kits with AeroSwift technology 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 jersey 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.