Ajax pair with Adidas to release Bob Marley inspired third kit
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The kit will primarily be worn in Ajax’s European fixtures in tribute to the Ajax fans’ collective love for the Jamaican’s music, with the supporters known around the world for their rendition of Three Little Birds.
The kit was released today (Friday, August 20) and has quickly proved a hit amongst Ajax supporters, as well as football fans in the UK.
What does the kit look like?
Ajax’s new third kit is black with red, yellow and green details. The back of the jersey features three little birds sitting on Amsterdam’s Andreas crosses - a subtle reference to the Bob Marley tune.
The new kit range also includes Samba footwear, which also features the Ajax crest on the tongue of the shoe and the three little birds on Amsterdam’s Andreas crosses on the heel tab.
Why do Ajax fans sing Three Little Birds?
The start of Ajax’s love for Bob Marley and Three Little Birds began in a friendly match in Wales against Cardiff City back in August 2008.
After the game the travelling supporters were asked to remain in the stands and to entertain them, the stadium DJ played tracks including Three Little Birds.
The fanbase instantly embraced the song as their own and have been singing it ever since.
Following the release of the kit, Cedella Marley - Bob Marley’s daughter - said: “I am beyond touched that Ajax has taken Three Little Birds and made it their anthem. Stories like this warm my heart and show how impactful songs like Three Little Birds can be.”
Currently the Adidas kit is available exclusively through the the Adidas website - check out the main pieces in the gallery below.
AJAX AMSTERDAM 21/22 THIRD JERSEY
“This adidas Ajax Amsterdam football jersey tunes into fan culture with a colourful tribute to Bob Marley. The 3-Stripes are split into the singer’s signature green, yellow and red colours.
A regular on the back neck of club shirts, the “XXX” sign-off is carried by three little birds to commemorate the song that provides the soundtrack to so many games. Moisture-wicking AEROREADY keeps you feeling fresh. “
AJAX AMSTERDAM 21/22 THIRD SHORTS
“Part of a matchwear three-piece that honours a classic club song. Tuning into fan culture, these adidas Ajax Amsterdam football shorts pay a colourful tribute to Bob Marley with 3-Stripes split in signature green, yellow and red colours.
Moisture managing AEROREADY keeps you feeling fresh. This product is made with Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycled materials.”
AJAX AMSTERDAM 21/22 THIRD MINI KIT
Have a young footy fan in the family? Adidas have them covered, with a mini kit for 18 month olds through to 6 year olds.
“ This kids’ adidas Ajax Amsterdam kit will ensure your young fan hits all the right notes as they start their football adventures.
A shrunk-down version of the club’s third kit, it shares the Bob Marley-inspired design and colourful details. Moisture-absorbing AEROREADY and smooth fabric will keep them as comfortable as the players are on the pitch.”