Nike revealed their new France Away shirt in Paris this morning, completing their first batch of football shirts for France since taking the reigns as technical sponsor from adidas in January.

Nike France Away Shirt - 2011 - New France Away Kit

Carrying on the design principals from the new home shirt, the Nike France Away Shirt is all about classic French fashion combined with clean and elegant design.

The new away jersey takes strong visual cues from the ‘marinere’, a piece of French history since the last century, and now a timeless'  French style icon – seen on everything from famous paintings to aftershave bottles.

The marinere first appeared as the uniform of'  sailors in the French navy in the 19th century and was first seen in civilian wardrobes in the early 20th century. Soon, it would become'  a symbol of French culture, adopted by free-spirited individuals in France and beyond.

Nike France Away Shirt - 2011 - New France Away Kit

The Nike France Away Shirt has a tailored fit that allows freedom of movement on'  pitch. The lightweight fabric features Nike’s classic Dri-FIT technology and engineered ventilation systems in the areas under the arm to help keep players cool, coupled with ergonomic cut and soft cotton feel for player comfort.

The Nike France Away Shirt also utilises Nike’s much-lauded Considered Design approach and – along'  with the home kit launched earlier this year – is Nike’s most'  environmentally sustainable kit to date, with shirt and shorts made from microfiber polyester that is entirely derived from recycled'  plastic bottles.

Nike France Away Shirt - 2011 - New France Away Kit

For the shirt, this material is combined with'  organic cotton (96% recycled polyester, 4% organic cotton).

The Nike France Away Shirt is seen for the first time in photography shot by Karl Lagerfeld – legendary snapper to the fashion and music industry. Th'  photo, which captures the revolutionary elegance of the away kit, features Bordeaux’s Alou Diarra, one of the faces of the new era of the French'  team.

Nike France Away Shirt - 2011 - New France Away Kit

The Nike France Away Shirt will be available as of March 26 and pre-ordered as of March 11 at

What do you think to the new Nike France Away Shirt? We think it’s pretty unique for an international team’s kit – and pretty smart, but we’ll have to see it on the pitch before we pass final judgement!

What do you think?

NIKE FRANCE AWAY SHIRT, 7.6 out of 10 based on 58 ratings

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  1. says: sam

    Beret and garlic necklace optional!

    Seriously though, thin hoops are hardly ever used in football, and when you see shirts like this it’s hard to understand why they don’t this is incredibly classy and a long way away from the white adidas monstrosity that had the blue and red band on the chest from 3/4 years ago, well done Nike, now put more effort into all the other teams, and STOP USING LIGHTNING BOLTS!!!!

  2. says: kyle

    @Sam – Agree with everything you’re saying!

    However – if you don’t like Nike’s obsession with lightning bolts, then there’s some bad news on the horizon!

  3. says: channo

    just add red beret and a scarf, i think malouda will start singing like pavarotti while rowing his gondola around paris! LOL 😀

    that shirt is sooo France! (well, at least for an outsider like me it does).
    i guess national kits are totally ready for new looks like this one

  4. says: bob

    This looks good but their home-kit made me want to move to france, it was pure classic awesomeness. The guy who designed France’s kits probably should have designed Brazils too cause their new kit is bloody awful..

  5. says: Athas

    great shirt from nike, if you are french you really should get this shirt plus the home one, nike for greece please

  6. says: channo

    @Adam & DropGoal66: hahaha, i guess those are enough to unravel my lack of knowledge about France xP

    and yes Pavarotti is Italian, but i was quite sure i always seen those guys in mariniere rowing their boats while singing tenor on every French-movies i saw… but then again, probably it’s just my and my awfully-wrong-picture of French dudes xP

    my awfully wrong picture lol:

  7. says: kuuku

    I liked the jersey upon first viewing.

    But upon repeated viewings…I’m not so sure. It’s a very beautiful shirt but shares some of the flaws of the home shirt by being a little dull and not very “football-like”. From the back it is ok but the front begs for something……

    It is certainly VERY french though! A good job by nike! Giving a good uniqueness and sense of identity to the french team.

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