Iceland will play in their first major international tournament this summer when they take the field at Euro 2016 in France.
‘Strákarnir okkar (Our boys)’ will be wearing a new jersey by longtime technical sponsor Errea but supporters are petitioning to allow the team to use first names on the back of their jerseys.
The use of first names is more in line with Icelandic traditions but the Iceland FA recently announced the just as during qualifying last names will be printed on the back of team jerseys.
Four points are presented in the petition. First, the use of last names gives Icelandic team identity and strengthens solidarity. 2nd, there is a precedent for this style with teams like Brazil using it, players like Chicharito, and some of the Iceland youth teams using first names at international tournaments. Third, the first names are shorter and cheaper to produce. Fourth, it will make players easier to identify.
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The Italian sports manufacturing company has been providing the Iceland national jerseys since 2002. They are planning on debuting a new jersey for Euro 2016 in February or March.
The Iceland Euro 2016 jerseys are on order with World Soccer Shop and will be launched as soon as they are received at our U.S. warehouses.
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