adidas Release Their World Cup 2018 Kits
With England all qualified, and both Irish teams playing the first leg of their Playoffs this week, it’s time we started to get excited about next year’s World Cup which is now a mere 218 day away – not that we’re counting. And to get you even more excited ahead of the international break, adidas have just released images of kits for some of the qualified teams.
Eight World Cup kits have been released with adidas taking ‘inspiration from past shirt designs but brought into the 21st century with progressive tooling and innovation.’ Featuring the likes of Germany, Spain, Argentina and Belgium, take a look at adidas’ World Cup 2018 kits below.
Germany World Cup 2018 Kit
With adidas looking to past designs for inspiration, there was really only one place to start when it came to the Germany kit, and that’s their Italia ‘90 masterpiece. Not only is it arguably their most memorable strip, they also won the World Cup wearing it. The 2018 World Cup version comes with the iconic classic geometric design with dropped shoulder cut lines in grey. There’s also a gold World Cup winner badge on the front of the jersey and a special sign-off on the inside of the collar to link the new kit and the one of the 90s. We think it’s a beauty!
Russia World Cup 2018 Kit
Though Russia’s World Cup history isn’t quite as rich as the Germans, they are hosting the tournament next summer, and have therefore got a new strip too. The simpler shirt is modern interpretation of the jersey worn by the Soviet Union during the 1988 Olympic Games, where the team won gold. Predominately red, the kit features solid white lines running from the back across the arms and on to the chest. Finishing things off is a Russian flag on the back of the neck, a Russian eagle and the wording ‘Victory-bound as one.’
Argentina World Cup 2018 Kit
They may have only just about squeezed through qualification but Argentina and Lionel Messi will be wearing a kit to celebrate the AFA’s 125-year anniversary. The iconic pale blue and white stripes dominate the aesthetic, but are this time subtly blended with laurels, a key element of the Argentinian coat of arms and the AFA crest.
Spain World Cup 2018 Kit
Spain’s throwback may be our favourite of the lot. The kit pays homage to Zubizarreta, Hierro and Guardiola at the 1994 World Cup and features a geometric red, yellow and blue diamond graphic design on the side. adidas say ‘the diamonds represent the speed, energy and style of football that’s become so associated with the national team.’
Belgium World Cup 2018 Kit
Hazard, Lukaku and Co will be playing in Russia in a kit that takes its inspiration from Euro ‘84. The kit design includes a diamond pattern on the front with the Belgian badge located in the centre of shirt and the adidas motif on the right shoulder. We’re not so sure about this one – centred badges always look a bit too ‘training kit’ to us, and there’s also a fair amount of ‘golfing sweater’ about it.
Colombia World Cup 2018 Kit
Like Germany, Colombia’s kit is also a throwback to the 1990 World Cup. In true South American flamboyance, the 2018 World Cup kit features a red and blue graphic design on the side of the strip which, alongside the kit’s yellow base colour, is meant to evoke the Colombian flag.
Japan World Cup 2018 Kit
The Japanese World Cup kit takes its inspiration from something a little different. Based on the traditional Sashiko stitching technique, which is made by white rough threads on indigo dyed base, the kit also features a sign-off on the reverse of the neck area which celebrates important moments in Japan’s footballing history.
Mexico World Cup 2018 Kit
Mexico’s 16th World Cup appearance will see them don a kit which adidas describes as ‘the perfect transition from the stadium to the street.’ Predominately green, the kit is another early-90s throwback with its main feature being a graphic running from the hem towards the chest.