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Let Ebiraland Media take you on a tour of football’s sartorial winners and losers with our rundown of the worst to best jerseys at Russia 2018.
Can you argue with the Brazil uniform? The yellow, blue, and white of the Seleção is one of the most enduring images in sport. Even non-soccer fans know what the Brazil team looks like. Nike will tell you that this jersey is the same shade of yellow as the World Cup 1970 jersey — “a more vibrant samba gold,” specifically — and that the away uniform subtly references the 1958 World Cup-winning blue strip, but in truth, it doesn’t matter. There’s not a lot new here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Argentina has announced a first at this year’s World Cup, turning out in a black away jersey for the first time ever. And it’s not bad, with the flashes that have become a staple of adidas’ World Cup 2018 range. Meanwhile, the home uniform is an all-time classic, from Kempes and Maradona to Batistuta, Crespo, and Messi — all the greats have worn the albicelestestripes, so why change now?
perennial favorite, and adidas has dug out a retro look from the era when Spain had great shirts but won diddly squat: the USA 1994 jersey. The diamond checkerboard effect along the right side is a winner, adding elements of yellow and purple to the predominant red. The use of purple has caused slight controversy back home, with some people angry that the color might be a reference to the 1931 flag of the Second Spanish Republic and as such is disrespectful to the country’s monarchy. Politics aside, though, that purple pops.
Long-term absentee Peru is back and it’s bringing its beautiful red sash. Along with Croatia and Brazil, Peru boasts one of the most instantly recognizable shirts in world football, so there was no need for Umbro to experiment or change anything ahead of the South Americans’ first World Cup appearance since 1982. The away jersey is similarly simple — in fact, it’s the same design reversed. Perfection.
Retro might be the big theme of World Cup 2018, but Japan laughs in the face of your ’80s- and ’90s-inspired styles. Its home shirt design is lifted from the most retro of all Japanese national teams, the Samurai, with a pattern inspired by Samurai armor and imprinted on those famous deep blue adidas jerseys. The away uniform goes in the opposite direction, its minimal off-white color and gray design elements on the left shoulder appearing to reference the modern, computerized image of the country.
The reigning champion has gone back to 1990 for its 2018 jerseys, picking out two of football’s most famous and beloved designs and bringing them right up to date. The home uniform borrows the three-bar chest motif of the 1990 shirt, but this time in understated grayscale rather than the colors of the German flag. The away jersey, meanwhile, recreates the shirt West Germany wore as it dumped England out of Italia 90 on penalties.
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