When the French Football Federation takes to the pitch in Brazil this summer, Raphaël Varane, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Mamadou Sakho, and company will don a brand new Nike kit that combines inherent French style and their flair for fashion with the best in performance innovation. Crafted using polyester from recycled water bottles, the elegant new kits see the return of the “Marinière” design motif – a French mariner pattern that appears on the “away” uniform as a subtle grey stripe. The jersey – with its two-button henley-like design – also marks the debut of a brand new FFF crest, a modified take on the classic cockerel worn by the French team in 1958. Enlarged and freed from its usual crest, the cockerel sees its plume of feathers elevated and comes meticulously embroidered and inspired by the intricate bullion technique. Finally, inside the neck appears a small pennant highlighted by the blue, white and red of the French tricolor. Coupled with the striped jerseys are midnight navy denim-like shorts – inspired by the town of Nimes (the birthplace of denim) and complete with selvedge-style taping. The French Football Federation’s 2014 “away” kit will be available to pre-order via Nike.com later today with a release set for April 3.
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