Més que un shirt

The new Socceroo strip was launched this week. That it was yellow gold was no surprise. (Apparently Italy’s new strip is blue.)

In Australia, we eat the animals on our coat of arms. Raw. Without cutlery.

In Australia, we eat the animals on our coat of arms. Raw. Without cutlery.

The shirt has sleeves, a collar, and a big hole at the bottom. Inside the collar are the words of former Socceroo captain, Peter Wilson: We Socceroos can do the impossible.

"We Socceroos can do the impossible."

“We Socceroos can do the impossible.”

And, at the risk of stating the obvious, that is the challenge ahead of Australia, whose group opponents are Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

For the kit afficionados out there, some technical details:

Supplier: Nike

Cost: $100

Material: recycled polyester

Care instructions: Machine wash warm, wash with like colours, do not use softeners, remove immediately, do not allow to lay on itself while wet (same applies when you’re at the pool, chlorinated water and all that), do not bleach (because it’s not the 80s any more), tumble dry low (sweet chariot), cool iron (wouldn’t bother), do not iron design, do not dry clean

OR

give it to your mum to wash.