Hot on the heels of Umbro’s new England Away Kit comes the brand-new Republic of Ireland Home Shirt 2011-12!
Styled in trademark Shamrock Green, the new' Republic of Ireland Home Shirt 2011-12 also brings a striped effect to the design, with a thin trim of gold alongside the each stripe for a very effective look!
You don’t see many striped international football shirts at the moment, but there’s no doubt that Umbro have pulled it off to great effect on the Republic of Ireland Home Shirt 2011-12.
Each darker green stripe is differently texture to the smooth light-green stripes which is definitely a nice touch from Umbro, and shows that there’s more to this design than first meets the eye.
The classic polo-neck collar definitely finishes off the retro feel of the shirt, with the buttons finishing part way down the chest, in a true nod to the football shirts of yore!
Part of Umbro’s Tailored by Umbro range, the new' Republic of Ireland Home Shirt 2011-12 has all the benefits of a tailored design, including a bespoke fit and ergonomic stitching that moves with a player as they move.
The shirt’s release may cause some controversy amongst fans though, as the previous Home Shirt was only worn 12 times in it’s 17-month life span by the national team – which is pretty poor going.
A statement on the FAI’s website, however, says “We know that the current kit has been extremely popular but we feel we have something even better for 2011/12 and were confident that this new home kit will be seeing some action in Poland and Ukraine next summer.”
The new' Republic of Ireland Home Shirt 2011-12 is available from today in the Umbro Store in Dublin, with selected retailers picking it up throughout July & August.
What do you think of the kit?
More importantly, do you think it’s right to release a new kit after only 12 games in the old one?
Let us know in the comments!