I was very fortunate to blag a ticket to the event and was able to see the new strips up close.
I must say, after the radical design change for last years strip that left me feeling undecided as to whether I liked it or not (I grew to love it in the end btw), this year the club has opted for a more simplistic design and, In my opinion, it looks fantastic! I would probably even go so far as to say it’s nicest looking home kit we’ve had since 2003.
The club decided that it wanted to signify a “New start” and felt that a change in the away strip colour would best signify this sentiment. If you had told me that it would be illuminous yellow before the unveiling, I would have been dead against the idea but after seeing it, I have to say that it makes a refreshing change from the usual white that we have always used. The new away strip was worn by Yuzo Kurihara and it looked pretty striking to say the least!
The new goalkeeper strip is all black with very dark blue horizontal stripes. The away version is the same pattern but with yellow and olive stripes.
The Procession itself was opened by the club chairman as he outlined our plans and goals for the new year including the outline for a new strategy he referred to as “Map13” (Marinos Amazing growth & Play by 2013) The new initiative lays out the foundation for the club to achieve a “Mega-club” status (within Japan) by 2013.
Next up was a power point presentation from Club general affairs chairman, Kamei Shimojo. In his presentation he produced a lot of graphs depicting how our on-field statistics shaped over the 2010 season. He showed all the data from total shots on goal, free kicks, goals from free-kicks, to how many games we won after going ahead first etc. He also pointed out that we were the only team in J1 that didn’t have a single player sent off during 2010 and as a result we won the J-League award for fair play.
Coach Kazushi Kimura also addressed everybody with a speech…. Or should I say, a sentence. He strutted out and said “Well, simply put, this year we will win the title” before walking off the stage. Though this roused a few laughs and some applauds from some of the spectators, this comment personally didn’t sit well with me and I get the impression that the ultra fan groups were somewhat irritated by his aloofness too. Aah well… Let’s save those thoughts for another post shall we?
The event finished off with the unveiling of the new strips and then the introduction of the new signings where each player introduced themselves before commenting on the upcoming season. We will actually translate the entire speeches and comments made by the new players and staff over the next couple of days so be sure to check back to get the full story. Those of you that can’t wait, check out the official site for the full report as well as the free downloadable video at the foot of the page!
Update: The new uniforms are now available for pre-order both online and at Nissan Stadium shop/ Marinos Town. Visit the official site here for better quality images as well as the full team list of player names and their new numbers!