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Matildas unveil their first ever exclusive kit for the World Cup, and it's... interesting

Sam Kerr celebrates in trademark fashion. (Image: Supplied, Nike)
11th March, 2019
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For the first time in their history, the Matildas will wear a unique jersey at this year’s World Cup – one different to the one worn by Australia’s national men’s teams – but the design itself has divided fans.

One of 14 World Cup kits unveiled by Nike overnight in Paris, the Matildas jersey evokes memories of the most infamous Socceroos kit in history – the 1990s spew shirt. But there’s no player revolt over the new design.

The home shirt is predominantly gold, with splashes of green and white that bare comparison with Ken Done’s famous paintings. It also features green shorts, and socks which reflect the design of the shirt.

While the home kit is a brand-new design, the away kit has remained as the all-green affair which was unveiled for both the men’s and women’s teams last year in the lead-up to the men’s World Cup.

The new Matildas kit

(Image: Supplied, Nike)

The new Matildas kit

(Image: Supplied, Nike)

Sam Kerr celebrates in the new Matildas kit

(Image: Supplied, Nike)

Sam Kerr is clearly a big fan of the new shirt, saying it represents the side’s spirit as an “out there and bold” team.

“The kit is unreal, it’s such a different take on what we’ve seen in the past and we couldn’t have hoped for a better looking home jersey,” she said.

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“To have a kit designed just for the Matildas to play in, it’s a dream come true, and we are honoured to be pulling on the green and gold.”

Nike’s Cassie Looker said the design team wanted to create a “marriage between urban street culture and the amazing countryside in Australia”.

However, reaction on social media to the new kit has been mixed, some lauding the design, others far from impressed with it.

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The Matildas will first wear their new shirts against the world’s No.1 team, the United States, in a friendly in April before the World Cup starts in June.

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So, Roarers, what do you think of the new jerseys?

With AAP