'Celestial' Spain unveil new sky-blue second strip for Euro 2012

La Roja, currently preparing for Wednesday's friendly against Venezuela in Malaga, showed off a different look with an unusual colour choice for their reserve kit for Euro 2012
By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Editor

The sky is the limit for Spain. This summer, La Roja will look to become the first national team to claim a European Championship, a World Cup and another continental competition in consecutive tournaments.

And they will hope their new light-blue second strip will bring them good fortune in Poland and Ukraine.

Ahead of Wednesday night's friendly against Venezuela in Malaga, Spain have unveiled a stylish sky-blue second strip which is based on a kit used by La Roja in the 1960s and, according to manufacturer Adidas, uses a combination of colours "never seen on a Spain shirt" before.

Several Spain stars, including Barcelona's Xavi, Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente, took part in modelling of the new kit on Monday, before the Spain squad started training ahead of the game on Wednesday.

             A vision in blue ... | Xabi Alonso, Fernando Llorente and Xavi in the new strip

Spain wore red as they defeated Germany in the 2008 European Championship final, but earned a maiden World Cup win in the South Africa showpiece against Holland in a dark-blue outfit, while La Roja's Under-21 side claimed their own continental crown last summer in an all-white strip.

Good omens? Perhaps. Spain will go into Euro 2012 as tournament favourites and Vicente del Bosque's men will hope a new kit brings a new title, too. So can 'celestial' Spain hold off the likes of Germany, Italy and Holland to add Euro 2012 glory to success in 2008 and 2010?

The sky is the limit.

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