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Nike launches Socceroos kit for 2014 World Cup

Official release from Football Federation Australia

Nike Australia and Football Federation Australia today revealed the Australian National Team Kit to be worn by the Socceroos at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The new Socceroos kit combines the best in performance innovation with evocative design details that capture the unique and pioneering national spirit of Australia, paying homage to the 1974 World Cup team.

Current Socceroos Mark Bresciano and Michael Zullo and coach Ange Postecoglou were joined by Socceroos legends from every decade from the 1960s onwards, for the official launch in Walsh Bay, Sydney.

The jersey boasts a stylish and modern green Johnny collar, another reference from the iconic 1974 Socceroos kit. Nike's design team skilfully placed the Australian coat of arms on the chest of the jersey within a new shield that replicates the shape of the crest worn on the jerseys at the 1974 tournament, and fulfils the current Socceroos' stated desire to "feel the history of our country."

Inside the back of the neck is a woven pennant tab featuring Football Federation Australia's logo surrounded by the famous and inspiring quote, "We Socceroos can do the impossible," from Peter Wilson, the captain of the 1974 Australian squad.

The new shorts are a traditional green with venting to assist in cooling, and a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort. Simple and iconic, the fit is slimmer and more tailored to the body based on fit research with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort. The centre back of the shorts feature Nike's signature laser vents to aid in cooling and allow for moisture management.

The return of white home socks is also inspired by the 1974 kit, a change from the recent tradition of yellow socks.

When Australia reached the 1974 World Cup finals for the first time in West Germany it was a remarkable achievement. Today the players from that team are still revered as pioneers and heroes. The new Australian jersey is in a vibrant yellow inspired by the design worn 40 years ago.

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