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Ireland Football Team Set For New Kit Manufacturer

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: The Ireland squad line up before the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Football Association of Ireland are set to cut ties with Umbro after a 23-year association according to the Irish Mail On Sunday.

The Ireland team will reportedly have their official kit supplied by American Sports brand New Balance who manufactured the Irish Olympic sportswear. Umbro had taken over a deal from Addidas following the World Cup in 1994.

New Balance are the manufacturers of high profile teams such as Liverpool and Celtic, two clubs with strong Irish ties. The company was founded in 1906 and is based in Boston.

During the 23-year association, Umbro has supplied the kits for Irish sides at the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016. Ireland will wear their current Umbro kit for the final time against Austria in June.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24:  Ireland player Seamus Coleman in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

New Balance have already broken into the Irish market by supplying the kit for Shamrock Rovers. It will be a familiar brand with Irish fans who will hope to see its kits feature for Ireland at the 2018 World Cup.

Ireland have had some famous jerseys manufactured by Umbro over the years, but the current number will be the last of the partnership.

The Green Army will be hoping that New Balance can keep up the high standard in years to come.

Hat-tip to the Irish Independent.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.