The Chilean national soccer team is back in the FIFA World Cup for the second tournament running. With ambitions of advancing past the Round of 16 for the first time since they finished third in 1962, La Roja begin their pre-tournament preparation with a friendly against Germany on Wednesday, March 5th.
During the match the Chile PUMA 2014 home kit will make its match debut. The red jersey was unveiled along with the team’s white alternate jersey in Santiago earlier this week.
Both of the slim-fitting kits boast new PUMA designs and some of the latest athletic garment technology highlighted by built-in ACTV tape is strategically placed on the front and back of the shirts to provide micro-massages on the skin. This will work with the player’s bodies to maximize performance and provide them with a faster, more effective energy supply to the active muscles.
The design of the home shirt pays homage to Chilean patriotism through design features that include “Puro, Chile, es tu cielo azulado” (the first line of Chile’s national anthem) printed on the inside of the neck and the Chilean national flag that is printed on the nape of the shirt. The design of the collar is inspired from classic Chilean football shirts.
Chile is pooled with 2010 World Cup champions Spain, runners-up Netherlands and an always formidable Australia in Group B of the World Cup. The team includes Barcelona forward Alexis Sánchez and flashy Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.