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PUMA introduces its European home kits for 2016

PUMA introduces its European home kits for 2016

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PUMA have introduced their new home kits for Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, which will be worn at the European Championships 2016 in France. All new home kits will debut on pitch in the European friendly matches this week.


With the pride, passion and tradition of Italian football as a guiding inspiration, PUMA has designed the new kit with rich attention to detail.  The high crew neck collar is a reference to great Azzurri shirts from the past, keeping this design detail alive in the modern day. Thin embossed vertical stripes along the front, sleeves and back draw back to the traditional pinstripe detail of Italian fashion.  Additional design elements include form stripe mesh inserts along the shoulders, high sleeve cuffs, golden sleeve piping and the side vent ‘tricolore’ flag detail on the left and right of the hem. The blue home shirt is combined with traditional white shorts and blue socks that also feature subtle golden details.


The new red home shirt features a classic crew neck collar and white PUMA Form Stripe inserts on the shoulders, with the SFA logo on the right of the chest and traditional Swiss cross over the heart where it belongs.  Finishing details of this striking new shirt include horizontal embossed hoops on the front, back and sleeves, which add to the overall sleek look.


Featuring a prominent, diagonal stripe fade graphic through a sublimation print, the new shirt has a striking look. Further detail comes with the white Form Stripes located along the sleeves, nicely finished off by Austrian national flags on each arm. The Austrian federation slogan ‘Immer wieder Österreich’ (Always Austria) is printed on the back neck, with the ÖFB badge and PUMA Cat featuring on the chest.  A classic crew neck collar finalises the overall design. The new red home shirt is complemented by red socks and white shorts that feature red vertical stripe inserts on each side.


Czech Republic’s new home shirt is inspired by the great Czech national team that reached the final of the ’96 European Championships.   Featuring a dynamic graphic on the front, which takes its inspiration from the FACR crest, Form Stripe panels are inserted along the sleeves, whilst the underarm mesh inserts allow for better air circulation to the body. The shirt features a crew neck collar with the collar tape shaped off at the front.  The PUMA logo and FACR badge are both located centrally on the chest, with the badge adding the only blue detail to the otherwise full red kit that also includes red shorts and red socks.


Inspired by Slovakia’s national flag, the new home shirt comes in traditional white and blue. The white shirt features a contrasting blue crew neck collar with an extra twist as the collar tape is shaped off at the front centre. Blue Form Stripes run from the collar down the sleeves and the new shorts continue the stripe detail, creating a sleek, contemporary look. The Slovak ‘Coat of Arms’ badge is placed over the heart to reflect the passion and pride of the Slovak football fans, whilst the SFZ logo and the PUMA Cat logo are positioned right and centrally on the chest.

All new home shirts feature PUMA’s new apparel technology ACTV Thermo-R, strategically inserted in both the front and the back of the shirt to help players maintain an optimum body temperature. A unique phase-change material is injected into the shirts’ inner athletic tape which allows microcapsules to absorb excess heat and release it back to the body when needed. The taping in the shirts provides an extra snug fit, micro-massaging the skin in specific areas to enable a faster, more effective energy supply to the active muscles.