Adidas Japan K.K and Japan Football Association(JFC) jointly unveiled the brand-new Japan home and away shirts 2016 for this successful national team operated by the JFC. The squad has got four titles of AFC Asian Cup. It is one of the strong teams in Asia and has been one of the qualified teams of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Japan national, Poland, Senegal and Columbia will meet at Group H, which is not easy for Japan to cruise into the next round. Vahid Halilhodzic, the chief coach of Japan national team, said that they have to set a proper goal and players should prepare perfectly to fight for the World Cup.
Like the traditional away shirts, this away shirt 2016 is white in color, too. Based on the design theme “unique blue”, the special ice-blue pattern on the jersey represents the brilliance of diamonds, showing the strong personalities of 11 players. The jersey features a black round collar and cuffs in contrast to the main body part. Classic Adidas stripes are also black and appear on both sides of the shirt, symbolizing victory. This is the first time that the stripes have not been put on shoulders.
Most noticeably, the bird with three legs in gold is printed inside of the shirt. It is a mystical bird of Japanese culture and it aims to encourage team players. The three-legged bird is shown on each football match jersey of Japan national team.
The shirt is much lighter and more comfortable than former one thanks to Adidas adizero technology. Thus, players can run faster and perform better. Furthermore, ultra-ventilated mesh fabric is used on the back of new jersey to make sweat quickly evaporate.
White shorts and socks with black Adidas stripes and brand logo complete the Japan 2016 away kit.
Loyal football fans may know Kazuyoshi Miura, an excellent Japanese player.
Kazuyoshi Miura, born on 26 February 1967, is a Japanese footballer who plays as a forward. He is called King Kazu by his loyal fans. He played for the Japan national team and became the first Japanese recipient of the Asian Player of the Year award in 1993. He is Japan’s first football superstar in football. Miura also played for Tokyo Verdy, Dinamo Zagreb and Santos FC.
Although he is 50 years old, Miura still plays for Yokohama FC in the J. League Division 2. He holds the records for being the oldest footballer and oldest goalscorer in worldwide professional leagues at age 50. The Japanese striker achieved the Guinness World Records title in February 2018. He said that he was so honored to get the record.
According to the latest news, Yokohama FC has extended the contract with Miura, which means the football legend will appear at football fields and play football as a professional player. Miura is likely to extend the record before hanging up his boots. Some consider that the fact that the 50-year-old player can renew the contract is really great. But he is also criticized by football fans in Japan. They think Miura is too old to run at football pitches and the extension of the contract can get money from sponsor more easily.