Football kit release: PUMA launch new Italy home kit for Euro 2012 can reveal that PUMA have launched the new official home kit of the Italian National Football team.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was presented with the new kit at the Centro Sportivo La Borghesiana in Rome.

The Italian National Team will wear the new home kit for the first time against Uruguay in Rome, a game that will mark the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, and in the lead up to and during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The new Italian Football home kit takes its inspiration from one of the world’s most powerful teams, and is designed for the most powerful of performances.

The shirt boasts four stars, representing the four FIFA World Cup victories the Azzurri have enjoyed in their history, the official FIGC badge and a classic vintage styling.

The slim fit shirt has a 3D graphic embossed print and a welded patch pocket. The 4-way stretch underarm panel, cuffs, and back mesh enhance freedom of movement, fashioned after on-pitch player jerseys.

Finally, the flat knit rib collar with contrast tipping and tonal bottomless placket add a bit of retro styling to this modern, fast-forward design.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification ofItaly, the collar has been personalized with the “tricolore”, the three colours of the Italian flag.

A full range of replica shirt, shorts and socks have also been launched worldwide, along with a merchandise collection.

For the first time, PUMA has included a QR code woven label in the home replica shirt, which when scanned takes people on a special journey through the history of the Italian national team, exclusively

Italy captain Buffon, said, “Modern football is such a powerful game, the performance of playing kits is very important, and we are very happy with the new kit that PUMA has created forItaly.  It is a great looking kit – we are a proud nation, and the design is also very important to us.

“In my long international playing career, I can certainly say this is the best kit I have worn for the Azzurri.”

PUMA has partnered with the FIGC for eight years, a period that saw the Italian National Team win the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

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