Nations outfitted by Puma may be using an unconventional template for their away kits when they take the pitch for Euro 2020 later this summer.
According to leaked photos posted this week by soccer jersey blog Todo Sobre Camisetas, four nations in the tournament who have kit deals with Puma – Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic – could be using a template for their away kits that breaks with soccer tradition.
The kits would spell out the name of the country across the chest, and that would be accompanied by a thin stripe in the colours of the country’s flag. Other embellishments would include stripes over each shoulder and trim on the sleeve cuffs.
In most cases, the Puma logo would appear in the centre of the chest, above the name of the country. The Italian Football Federation’s logo would appear next to the Puma logo on their jersey, and would be embossed all over the front of the shirt.
Switzerland’s shirt would feature the Swiss flag under the country name, and crosses from the Swiss flag embossed on the front. The Swiss Football Federation’s logo would appear on the back collar.
The Austrian shirt would not prominently feature any national symbol on the front, though the national team crest is embossed down the front. That crest would appear in full colour on the back collar.
The Czech national team crest would appear on the front of their shirt, below the country name. The country name would be repeated on the back collar. There is no embossing visible on the front of the shirt in the leaked photos.
Another blog, FootyHeadlines, is speculating that the logo treatment from the Italy kit, with the Puma logo and the crest side-by-side in the middle of the chest, could extend to major European clubs who have kit deals with Puma. Prominent clubs outfitted by Puma include Manchester City (England), AC Milan (Italy) and Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Photos courtesy Todo Sobre Camisetas