Deeper into the design: take a closer look into the Azkals’ new kits

Santino Honasan on Jun 09, 2015 12:35 PM
Take a closer look into the Azkals' new kits
“Tinawagan ako ni Sir Dan [Palami], wala naman akong ibang nasa isip kundi flag, so dapat, first i-incorporate yung colors, and then syempre yung three stars and a sun,”

Last June 3, the Philippine Azkals debuted their brand new kits, just in time for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The new kits were made by Filipino brand LGR, a sportswear company that’s already gotten some traction, producing team uniforms for teams in different leagues such as the PBA, the Philippine Superliga, and the UFL, and now, the Philippine Azkals.

When the Azkals step onto the pitch for the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers, they’ll be donning Pinoy-made kits.

“Sobrang overwhelming para sa company, lalo na sa amin na, first time na Pinoy brand ginamit natin internationally. May nagtiwala sa LGR.” LGR Executive Vice President Rhayan Cruz told ABS-CBN Sports.

The Azkals new kits will still be bearing the colors of the Philippine Flag – blue, red, white, and canary yellow – as with the team’s previous unis, but the details surrounding the new kits are what makes it unique and refreshing.

“Tinawagan ako ni Sir Dan [Palami], wala naman akong ibang nasa isip kundi flag, so dapat, first i-incorporate yung colors, and then syempre yung three stars and a sun,”

The home kits will be white, with strips of red on the sleeves, chest, and collar. The name and number on the home kits will also be red. A shade of blue is visible on the chest up to the collar, as well as on the back of the kits, just above the players’ name.

The Azkals' new kits will still bear the colors of the Philippine Flag.

 

The away kits on the other hand, are blue with red and white accents. Instead of going with the usual choice of white for the name and numbers on the away kits, Rhayan said that they chose to go with canary yellow, "para yung sinag ng araw yung makikita mo." The keeper's kit is black, with yellow accents.

(L-R: home kit, goalkeeper kit, away kit)

 

A couple of interesting additions to the new kits were the inclusion of the three stars and sun of the Philippine flag, located above the name of the player, as well as the intricate weave designs on the backs of the kits, as well as on the front of the keeper's kits. For Rhayan, this design wasn't just a design, but rather a representation of the Pinoy spirit.

“Inisip ko, ano yung ba yung simbolo as pagka-Pilipino natin, syempre yung weave, in tagalog “habi”, so sa game uniform, nag-incorporate ako ng full back nung design, and then sa goalkeeper, nagincorporate ako sa front.”

The weave or "habi" serves as a symbol of being Filipino.

 

The new kits also symbolize the Azkals' new start. With a revamped linuep, the Azkals will have a huge opportunity to make waves in the international football stage, with an even bigger prize to look forward to.

For Rhayan Cruz and LGR, being able to essentially be with the Azkals as they embark on their road to the World Cup is a huge honor.

"Day one, nandun ako sa training sa Rizal Memorial Stadium, nung dumating yung Azkals, nung pumasok sila sa Rizal na nakauniform na sila, together with their coaches, napatahimik ako, and napangiti na lang ako sa sobrang tuwa."

Hopefully, the spiffy new kits serve as inspiration and motivation for the Azkals as they compete towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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