Barcelona made to sweat with new kit
Published 01/10/2011 | 05:00
Few opponents can slow down Barcelona's stars, but Nike may have inadvertently managed to do just that -- with shirts that absorb too much sweat.
The Spanish champions say they have recently met with Nike officials to complain about the first team's new shirts absorbing so much moisture that they take on added weight over the course of a game. 'El Pais' first reported claims from Barcelona players that the shirts more than doubled in weight by half-time.
The new shirts are made from Dri-FIT, which is composed of recycled plastic and used exclusively by first-team squads of Nike's sponsored clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Inter Milan.
The jerseys are not for sale to the public.