The Netherlands kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparations with away loss to fellow qualifiers France on Wednesday.
Ahead of the match the three-time World Cup runners-up (1974, 1978 and 2010) unveiled their home kit (available here) for the 2014 to 2015 international soccer calendar. The classic Dutch orange jersey is also the KNVB’s (Royal Dutch Football Association’s) 125th Anniversary shirt.
Nike used a “restrained” design for the shirt to retain a heritage look that celebrates the rich heritage of Netherlands soccer that has developed legends of the game such as the great Johan Cruijff, Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.
The Netherlands’ 2014 home jersey features an enlarged white lion on its crest that is intended to symbolize a new era in Dutch football and the team’s core values of simplicity, honor and unity. The lion has been a fixture on Dutch football shirts since 1907. In the 1960s and ’70s, it was depicted in black and as large and free. The new white lion now the pride of Dutch team and the unity of its players.
The V-neck shirts’s badge has 1889 and 2014 at its bottom to commemorate the year of the KNVB’s establishment and the current year. Finally, the colors of the Dutch national flag appear on the kit’s inner neck taping.