Italian sportswear company BasicNet says it has sold more than 250,000 Kombat 2002 soccer shirts - the official strip of the Italian national team.

The shirts were introduced before the beginning of the 2002 soccer World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and are manufactured by Italian textile company Kappa, which is owned by BasicNet.

Weighing in at just 140 grams, Kombat 2002 shirts are half the weight of the old shirts. Their high Lycra content means they have up to 40 per cent more stretch than the old ones.