Scotland face their biggest game in recent history tonight when they travel to Spain hoping to secure the points that see them make the play-offs for Euro 2012.
And should they eventually qualify for the competition in Ukraine and Poland next summer, they’ll have a new kit to play in!
That’s because adidas have today unveiled the brand new Scotland home kit for 2012/13 campaign – and Sport-locker.net can bring you all the imagery and details!
And the traditional dark indigo colour with hallmark adidas white three stripes has been proudly retained, but the shirt features an array of design innovations.
The new Association kit crest pays homage to the round badge used on the 1974 shirt worn at the World Cup in West Germany. This new adaptation of an iconic emblem of Scottish folklore features a woven badge with the embroidery applied with satin stitching. It features the Royal Standard (aka the Lion Rampant of Scotland) and marks the founding of the Scottish FA in 1873.
This unique Saltire embossing incorporates range of sources from around Scotland that champion the Scottish FA’s rich footballing history – including the old and new Hampden Park, the Lion Rampant, the Thistle, the 1928 ball used in the 5-1 demolition of England at Wembley Stadium, the Fleur De Lis and the date 1873 – the year of the Scottish FA’s foundation.
The polo collar features a snap button, and a printed Saltire on the back of the collar. The Saltire is also embroidered on the front placket of the collar.
White shorts, which incorporate ClimaCool™ technology, feature a tie chord and Scottish FA crest. The traditional colour rotation for the kit is completed with Poppy coloured socks.
The socks feature the word ‘ALBA’ which is the Gaelic word for Scotland and a new construction features materials that add comfort to the foot-bed and provide Achilles support.
The home goalkeeper jersey is a simple but elegant mix of silver / dark Indigo which links it to the outfield home jersey. The iconic printed Saltire is featured on the back and ClimaCool technology is incorporated for additional ventilation.
Advancements in technology have yet again allowed adidas to push the boundaries in the development of their apparel giving the Scotland players an extra edge on the pitch as well as looking the part.
On the field, the players’ kits will incorporate adidas’ cutting edge TechFit™ technology, to help improve speed, increase endurance capabilities and enhance awareness. This works by stabilizing and focusing the muscles’ energy to generate explosive acceleration and deliver maximum power output.
The shirts also feature adidas ClimaCool™ technology, a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics which improve air flow to the skin in the key heat zones.
The new Scotland kit will go on sale on Tuesday 8th November 2011, but can be pre-ordered online at: www.scottishfootballdirect.com, with the adult shirt costing £50 and the youth setting you back £40.
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