The brand spankin’ new 2011 Brazil jerseys are in the shop, and I’m definitely on board. It makes sense that they’ve parted ways with the design from last season, owing to the disappointing finish in the World Cup. Oh, and there was also that red card given to KaKa during the match against Côte d’Ivoire, which can only be described as absurd and probably shameful for both the referee and Keita. I’m sure Keita’s acting classes were worth more than he paid for in that moment. ANYWAY, let’s talk about the jerseys that will provide the team with a fresh start en route to the 2014 tournament.
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. That seems to be the hallmark of the 2011 Brazil jersey, almost like something straight out of Thoreau. Nike has scrapped the old shoulder design and kept the jersey clean and simple for the most part. The only visual design elements on the jersey reside on the chest. On the left, you have the easily recognizable Brazilian crest with 5 green stars stitched above it, and “Brasil” stitched below. Opposite the crest is the just as classic Nike swoosh in green. Underneath these two elements is a wide horizontal green bar that really brings balance to the shirt. In the words of the great Lebowski, it really ties the shirt together. This literally rounds out the visual side of the shirt. It’s minimal, but it’s keeping in tradition with previous jerseys. The Brazilians are known for their flashy style of football (which may be on the way out, but that’s another discussion), not their flashy jerseys. In any case, the jersey is easily recognizable as being Brazil with its yellow and green color scheme, and I for one welcome the change from last year.
As for the jersey’s construction, you have a shirt that is made of 100% polyester, so, while maybe not as soft as cotton, it’s definitely more durable and more flexible. Nike has also decided to go with a crew neck for the soccer jersey, which I believe seems to be the trend these days. Another sweet feature (and probably my favorite) implemented by Nike is the mesh design for the sides of the abdomen and underarm. Everybody needs a good amount of airflow to those areas, am I right? If you decide to wear this bad boy to a pick up game or an intense match where you’ll be cheering constantly, you’ll want the ventilation to keep the jersey from sticking to your body.
Overall, this year’s jersey is definitely an upgrade from last year. I’m not very big on shoulder designs anyway, so this fits in perfectly for my taste. It’s going to cost you the pretty much standard price of $149.99, but, just as every other Nike jersey, you’ll get what you pay for. That means you’ll have a durable and comfortable jersey that will definitely have classic appeal as years go by. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest pre-ordering one of these bad boys until they hit the store February 9th!
Written by: Kris Dyer, soccerprose.com
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