Epic past playoff inspires new 2015-16 third kit.
As Manchester City grows in global stature and vies for major titles, the club’s heritage remains integral to its identity. This season the club will play some of its biggest away matches in a kit inspired by a truly momentous playoff victory that secured the team's promotion from the third tier of English football.
Faced with a 2-0 deficit against Gillingham FC at Wembley, Manchester City scored two goals in injury time and ultimately triumphed 3-1 in the ensuing penalty shootout.
Paying homage to this pivotal match in Manchester City’s history, the green trim from the club’s yellow and black 1999 shirt provides the bold color palate for this new Night Rising third kit.
A black ombré graphic accentuates the striking green, blending from the cuffs of the short and shirt. During night games, this effect serves to accentuate the players’ physical presence underneath the floodlights. Black socks, with dark grey chevrons on the calf, further this powerful framing of body.
The shirt, which is finished by a lightweight crafted collar, proudly bears a modern take on the club crest that aligns with the distinctive two-tone colour scheme throughout the kit.
The 2015-16 Manchester City Night Rising third kit will make its on-pitch debut against Sunderland A.F.C. on September 22 and will be available from nike.com, mcfc.co.uk/shop and select retailers starting October 1.
This kit represents visually powerful football apparel designed with enhanced performance, on-pitch style and the culture of the club in mind.
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 allows players to perform at their best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.
The laser-cut ventilation holes and mesh panels in key areas of the kit are designed to improve performance by increasing air circulation to the players’ bodies and helping regulate their temperatures.
The jersey is crafted using an engineered mesh fabric – this is used in both the shirt’s 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 unrivalled performance and lower environmental impact.
Each piece of the kit – the shirt, shorts and socks – is constructed with recycled polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles that are melted down to produce fine yarn used to create the fabric. Each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 2 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.