- Thanks to Dutch football expert Dirk Maas for his help
The club joined forces with the American company in 1995 and it was a partnership that was to last for two decades – since switching at the end of 2014-15, PSV have worn Umbro and now Puma.
To mark the conscious uncoupling, Nike gave PSV a special strip, worn in the final two league games of that league-winning season, at home to Heracles and away to Den Haag.
White was the second kit in 2014-15 with blue the third option – both common in the change-strip rotation – and so the ‘Farewell Kit’ was purple, trimmed in lime. The marketing blurb said that it was to reference the first Nike PSV away shirt, but that was more of a blueish hue, and this was essentially a sneak preview of the Challenge teamwear template which was to be introduced for 2015-16, itself an evolution of the third kits given to Nike’s major contracts in 2014-15.
While PSV did canter to the title, finishing 17 points clear of Ajax, the kit didn’t feature in the presentation celebrations – that had happened after the league win was clinched with victory over Heerenveen in April.
PSV would go on to retain the title in 2015-16 and that season would also feature a twice-worn commemorative kit, which we shall look at soon.