Italy: The most striking thing about this shirt is that it’s not the traditional Italian blue. That’s kind of shocking. Apparently, this shirt is a one-off, in that it’ll be used for the Confederations Cup and that’s it; the regular shirt will return for the 2010 World Cup.
As a one-off, I like the departure. It’s akin to the development of a third jersey. The slanted stripes have 4 stars with “Italia” above or below them. The country shield has four gold stars, one for each of Italy’s World Cup victories (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006). The gold stars are one of my favorite features of soccer jerseys.
Overall, this is a good one-off kit. I’m sure most Italy fans will be pleased to have the familiar colors back after the Confederations Cup.
South Africa: Like the Italian jersey above, this away kit is also a one-off. The South African team will have another new kit for the 2010 World Cup.
I like the colors. The green and gold look great and the Adidas logo fits in. Because it is an Adidas kit, it has the ubiquitous stripes on the shoulders and the completely unnecessary stripes on the arms and down the body.
I’ll give South Africa credit for trying to drum up interest but hopefully their World Cup jersey will be simpler and, thus, better.