Pitted in the Group of Death, they seem to be the only team everyone is picking to advance out of that dreaded group. The German national squad finished an excellent 9-0-1 in UEFA World Cup qualifying so they seem to be rounding into top form going into Brazil this summer. One thing that goes hand-in-hand with success is consistency and that is what “Die Nationalmannschaft” have had with manager Joachim Low. Low has led the German squad to a 3rd place finish in the 2010 World Cup and a semi-final and 2nd place finish in the 2012 and 2008 European Championship, respectively. Even with all the close finishes, Germany has not held international hardware since 1996, their longest drought. With hopes of a trophy, Germany has created a new away kit to hopefully become a staple with the squad.
This German away kit doesn’t drift too far away from traditional away jerseys, because recently they are known for their red and black (and the occasional green). The red and black horizontal stripes throughout this top go great with each other. As well, what’s a bit unique on this top is the collar. The collar is a hybrid of crew cut and v-neck. So you will get the best of both worlds. There are two buttons down the collar which, in my opinion, gives this top a retro appeal to perhaps honor the aforementioned title winning squads. “DIE NATIONALMANNSCHAFT”, meaning The National Team, is written in fine print on the back of the neck of the jersey to give this top some German flavor.
The German national crest is located on the left chest of this top and woven on, so the badge will stick out and look extremely detailed. This badge has been unchanged since they won their 3rd World Cup in 1990. Deutscher Fussball-Bund (German Football Association) is the governing body of all football in Germany. You will notice that this jersey is lightweight and breath-able because once you hold it up you will be able to practically see through it. This is primarily because of the climacool® technology by adidas.
The shorts that Reus, Gomez, and Götze will be wearing with this top are primarily all black with red outlining along the bottom and the traditional adidas three white stripes on each side of the shorts. Overall, this top blends together nicely and adidas has outdone itself again with the Germany kit.