Italy Third Kit: 2019-20

Puma and Italy hit it out of the park with this Renaissance era inspired beauty.

There are football jerseys and then there are football jerseys for the Italians. Some of this season’s best home and away kits were made for Italian clubs like Inter Milan and Roma. The Italian national team should be graced with an equally high sartorial standard and Puma did not disappoint in providing the goods.

Inspired by Renaissance period art, you would think this was a Gucci shirt. Puma and Italy have produced this masterpiece to be worn as the national team’s third kit for the “New Wave” of Italian footballing talent that is making a mark in the game.

Historically, the full national team used the green jersey for only one game, but the youth teams subsequently adopted it as their home kit. The iconic Azzurri blue remained exclusive to the full national team and was used as motivation for youth players to earn the right to wear the jersey.

This particular kit’s green colour is in reference to the ‘Maglia Verde’ (green jersey) worn during the Azzurri’s 2-0 win against Argentina in December 1954 at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Look closely and you’ll notice a luxurious print across the entire dark green base – all inspired by the art of the Renaissance era. I’m not one for collars on football kits but this one is a big exception with its design and deep shade of blue.

Top it all off with the classy gold trims on the logos and we have a modern classic – right up there with the Nigerian kit from 2018.

On the surface, this kit does not belong on the football field yet we can’t wait to see Bonucci and co when it debuts on 12 October when the Italian team faces Greece in a Euro qualifying fixture.

In Singapore, the jersey is available at Puma outlets in Vivocity, Jem, Bugis+, Jewel, Suntec City, Century Square and ION Orchard.

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