Nike unveiled the 2014 FIFA World Cup alternate kit for the Australia national soccer team at midnight local time on Wednesday morning.
The 2014/15 Socceroos alternate jersey is in dark obsidian blue. Like the team’s new home kit, it is inspired by the design worn by Australia when they qualified for their first-ever finals in West Germany in 1974.
The jersey boasts a stylish and modern yellow Johnny collar that is also in recognition of the 1974 Aussie national team that notched a draw and two losses in West Germany.
The Nike design team placed the Australian coat of arms on the chest of the jersey within a new shield, replicating the shape of the crest worn on the jerseys at the 1974 tournament, and fulfills the players’ stated desire to “feel the history of our country.”
Inside the back of the neck, a woven pennant tab features the Football Federation Australia (FFA) logo surrounded by the famous and inspiring quote, “We Socceroos can do the impossible,” from Peter Wilson, the captain of the 1974 Australian national team squad.