Lazio is all about tradition. Since 1900, the clubs colors of sky blue and white have been inspired by the national emblem of Greece. This is mainly in part because Lazio is not just a football club but a sporting club of great tradition, just as the Ancient Olympic games were in Greece. Keeping with a traditional inspiration, the Puma-built home jersey for the 2011 campaign is indeed sky blue and white and looks quite sharp.
The shirt the primarily sky blue with touches of white accenting on the sleeves and neck hole. It’s a very classic looking jersey that is very simplistic in design, in a great way. The club certainly doesn’t feel it needs to create an outlandish jersey, rather it lets its two Serie A championships, five Copa Italia wins, and UEFA Cup Winners Cup do the talking. The touch of minimalism in the shirt is a true breath of fresh air. Some clubs have two, even three sponsors on their kits. Not this club. No sponsor on the front or back of the shirt and I’m loving it. Even the white Puma logo in front is small and works nicely. To top it all off, the Lazio crest looks natural and professional. It’s really classy.
While Nike and Adidas have manufacturing rights to many of the major club, Puma has the right to produce for this Italian club and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The company imitates many of the most popular features of the two big manufacturers. For example, Puma’s Ultimate Sports Performance technology is very similar to that of a Dri-Fit or Clima-Cool technology, in that it wicks away moisture nicely. In addition, this jersey is a 100% polyester material with a twist: a bit of microfiber blend mixed in. The result is a highly durable, unique feel that fits quite comfortably no matter the condition.
While Puma may not be my favorite kit producer, they’ve done an excellent job with the minimalist Lazio jersey.
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