When the big summer tournaments roll around, if there’s one thing you’ll often hear team’s complaining about (usually England) – it’s the heat.

Holland Euro 2012 Nike Pro Combat Baselayers

Traditionally a winter sport in Europe, when it comes to playing in the sweltering sunshine – especially in places like South Africa, Portugal, and even Germany – a lot of players find themselves having to dig deep to deal with the temperature.

So, with the European Championships being hosted in the temperate climes of Poland and Ukraine this summer, how can teams make sure the can play comfortably when the heat is on?

Well, the Nike-sponsored squads heading to the Euros this summer have got it all wrapped up, thanks to the American brand’s Pro Combat baselayer systems.

Launched alongside the new National Team Home Shirts this week, each Nike-sponsored federation will also be taking a team-specific colourway of Nike’s top-drawer baselayers along with their usual shirts, shorts and socks.

Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal's Euro 2012 Nike Pro Combat Baselayers

The idea bring that players can now customise their uniform to the conditions. Super-hot? Slip on the Short-Sleeve Hypercool Compression top. Hard ground? You’ll be wanting the Hyperstrong ‘Slider’ shorts, then.

Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong Shorts

The Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong Compression Slider shorts feature thigh protection so players can train and compete with speed and confidence.  These thigh panels are frictionless to protect against abrasion and rash when the athlete slides on the ground.

Dri-FIT fabric helps wick sweat away to keep athletes dry, while compression fit gives an ultra-tight, responsive locked-in feel. Mesh fabric is placed in high heat zones for comfort and breathability.

Nike Pro Combat Baselayers for Euro 2012

Nike Pro Combat Hypercool Seamless Compression Top

The Nike Pro Combat Seamless Compression top is designed with seamless open mesh zones, plus over-the-shoulder mesh, for breathability and ventilation where it’s needed most. The raglan-style sleeves and seamless construction allow for full range of motion, with zonal compression on the shoulders and sleeves.

Designers obsessed every detail to create the ultimate base layer top for football. This top is available to players in three versions: sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve.

Having tested some of the Nike Baselayer range, we can strongly recommend the HyperStrong Slider shorts – but are we the only ones that just don’t ‘get’ wearing a baselayer when it’s warm?

Let us know in the comments!

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  1. says: VB

    I’ve only ever worn adidas TechFit compression top/bottom and I wear it in the summer. Helps from getting burns from slide tackles and the top helps to wick away sweat from my jersey. Prior to that my jersey would be soaked at halftime!

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