Emblazoned in passionate orange and regal blue, the Netherlands and Nike launched their latest home and away jerseys on Monday.
In a shocking twist, the Dutch failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France this summer. Moving forward, the creators of Total Football will debut their new kits in friendlies against fellow European heavyweights France and England.
The home jersey is in the classic Oranje with Nassau blue detailing. The modern v-neck collar at the top has the blue color serving as trim as it wraps around the back of the jersey.
The back of the collar has “Nederland” woven into it. The sleeves have thin tonal stripes, and the cuffs when rolled up have “Oranje” and “Leeuwen” (Lions) each woven into the fabric on an arm.
Getting into the more intricate parts of the jersey, Nassau blue trim is present on both sides of this new look, with side piping streaming down from the sleeves through the hem of the jersey. The chest has a Nassau blue Nike swoosh and across from it an updated Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) lion crest at the heart, with the KNVB text arched atop the lion.
Geometric mesh patterns are also woven into the chest of the jersey, as part of Nike’s innovative new Nike Vapor with AeroSwift technology set. Inside the jersey, a circular KNVB badge can be seen where the team’s crest is.
This home kit is complete with orange shorts with the same striped trim from the shirt, and blue socks with orange Nike swooshes on the front and a striped panel on the calves in the back.
The away jersey for the Dutch features a lot of similar features from the home, but has several differences. Coming in Nassau blue, a contrasting light blue is also on the kit, making for a beaming visual look. The sleeves have very thin light blue tonal stripes combining with Nassau blue, with the lighter blue also serving as trim color at the collar and on the sleeve cuffs.
The trim is still in Nassau blue, but the light blue is present on the swoosh and KNVB crest on the chest.
The kit is capped off with Nassau blue shorts and light blue socks, with a tonal graphic striped panel on the socks’ calves in the darker shade.
The Netherlands 2016 Home & Away jerseys will be available soon at World Soccer Shop.