Since I have started this blog I have tried to expand the geographical range of my shirts, especially since beginning the mapping my shirts page on here.
As a kid the range of shirts that I had access to was entirely dependent on what my local sports shops had and how much pocket money I had saved up. As a result my kit choices definitely kept to a UK theme and in particular Liverpool FC but I always liked to look at other teams' kit designs.
So far on this blog I have featured teams from Europe, North and South America and Asia and finally now I get to Australasia with this home shirt from Nike for Australia for 2010-2012.
When I first started following football in the early 1990s I associated the Socceroos with narrow failures to qualify for successive World Cups, with even El Tel unable to achieve qualification for France 98.Australia broke their qualification hoodoo to take a place at both World Cup 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa where they sported this home shirt from Nike. I love the colours in the shirt and in particular the shade of green used. I like two large blocks of green and gold separated by the simple white stripe across the front of the shirt. However, I do think the little badge with Australia on the back of the shirt is unnecessary and does not really add anything.
The shirt features Dri-Fit technology which Nike claims is:
"a high-tech proprietary fabric developed by Nike which quickly moves sweat to the outer layer of the fabric, away from your skin, where it can quickly evaporate. The result is that you have a dry, cool fabric against your skin even when heat and humidity levels are high"
Unfortunately for the Socceroos they were eliminated at the group stage following defeat to hosts Germany, a draw with Ghana and their victory over Serbia which I have included video of below.