The time is now for Indonesia's players, as they step on to the pitch and embark on the journey to win Southeast Asia's most prestigious biennial football championship, the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2012. The new National Team Kits are Nike's most environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced yet. It is made from 100% recycled polyester and considered materials, and designed to bring out the best in athletic performance.
With the fighting spirit of the national football athletes who have been called to strengthen the Garuda team and the support of football fans all over Indonesia, it is a great moment for Indonesian football. Looking at the history of Indonesian football, the Garuda national team is one of the strongest teams in Southeast Asia, having earned the runner-up title a number of times. The time is now, as it is now reinforced with young players expected to inject a fresh new spirit and to gain victory for Indonesia.
This will be the moment for players to shine and play for the pride of the country and fans as the Garudas don the National Team Kit designed by Nike and the federation.
In line with Nike's commitment to combining athletic performance with lower environmental impact, fabric for the new kit's shorts is made with 100% recycled polyester, while the shirt fabric is made with a minimum 96% recycled polyester. Each kit is made using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles. The kits are constructed using Nike Dri-FIT technology to wick moisture, and are made out of 23 percent lighter fabric with 20 percent stronger knit structure than Nike's previous kits. The shirts also feature laser-cut ventilation holes to promote localized cooling, to help regulate player temperatures during a match.
Each federation kit is developed around key insights inspired by the national identity and the distinctive football culture of every nation. Rich detailing throughout the jersey and shorts inspires the history and heritage of each team. The Garuda National Team jersey features the Garuda emblem on the left chest, providing strong 'motivation' to each player wearing it. Printed on the inside of the jersey is the phrase 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika', or 'unity in diversity' which serves as an inspiration for the team. In addition, inspiration was drawn from the Garuda National Team uniform from the 1950s, with distinctive green elements incorporated in the arms and below the jersey.
Players will be gunning for gold this season as they play in Nike's football boots, featuring the All Conditions Control (ACC) technology. ACC allows the boot's surface to maintain the same level of friction, touch and control on the ball in wet and dry conditions, delivering consistent friction between the boot and ball. The player would get an assured touch similar to the feel of the ball in dry conditions, thus allowing optimal playing performance in the unpredictable Southeast Asian weather. Nike boots combine the latest design innovation and performance, with boots for each style of play. ACC is available across all Nike boots including Mercurial Vapor VIII, Tiempo Legend IV, CTR360 Maestri III and Total 90 Laser IV.
On pitch, the Nike Maxim Hi-Vis ball makes its Southeast Asian debut at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012. The 2012-2013 Maxim Hi-Vis ball features a color combination blended together in a unique way to create maximum visual performance and contrast on the pitch. The bold geometric graphic and color combination on the Maxim Hi-Vis creates a strong 'flicker' effect to improve sight of the ball under floodlights or in low-light conditions. In addition to the Hi-Vis innovations, the Maxim features geometric precision technology to distribute pressure evenly across the panels for a consistent, accurate and powerful strike.
Indonesia's National Team Kit will be available at all major Nike distributors from 15 November 2012, retailing at Rp. 649,000.