WE’RE getting closer and closer to football’s pinnacle event — the 2018 World Cup.
While we made do with international friendlies and squad selection debates, there’s another way to get excited for the tournament in Russia.
That’s because kits are being launched thick and fast for the 32 participating countries.
Adidas will be the predominant kit supplier for this event, with 12 of the 32 nations wearing the German mega-brand. As expected, Nike are not far behind, with 10 — including the Socceroos — sporting the swoosh.
There’s also a couple of countries in New Balance, Umbro and Puma, while Errea, Hummel, Romai and Uhlsport with have a presence.
Here’s your Ultimate Guide to 2018 World Cup kits!
Leo Messi was the lone face for Argentina’s World Cup kit launch, with Adidas taking inspiration from the South American giant’s 1993 Copa America shirt.
That tournament was the last time Argentina lifted international silverware, with the 2018 edition hoping to end some hoodoos for those involved. This strip has the traditional blue and white stripes, with black shorts.
The yet to be released away kit has seen pictures leaked, with a black shirt containing sky blue, white and grey sleeve details — again like the 1993 Copa America kit.
Nike will again be the supplier for the Socceroos, but no pictures have emerged yet of what the Green & Gold will be wearing.
In 2014, there was a throwback to tradition with white socks. Here’s hoping this time around Nike take inspiration from *that* classic ‘Spew Shirt’.
Adidas is loving the retro throwbacks for the 2018 World Cup, with some of the biggest countries using diamond and stripe motifs.
The Belgium home kit is no different, with the bold red design “closely inspired” by 1984 — it contains a chest band of yellow, black and red diamonds, the colours of the Belgium flag.
The away strip will be launched in March.
Kit website Footy Headlines has leaked the Nike design for Brazil’s home kit.
As always, it’s a gold shirt (this time a slightly less yellow tone), with blue shorts and white socks.
Is retro, is good.
Colombia’s Adidas number is a throwback to 1990, with the blue and red stripes catching the eye.
The yet to be released away kit is said to be blue with orange detail and a V-neck, as worn back in the 1970s and 80s.
Expect Costa Rica’s strip to be launched in March. They will be wearing New Balance.
Croatia will wear Nike and their shirt will contain their famous ‘šahovnica’ white and red checkerboard pattern.
It will be officially launched in March.
The group rivals of the Socceroos, Denmark will be wearing local brand Hummel. It hasn’t been released yet.
Egypt fans aren’t rapt with Adidas’ effort — labelling their red home kit as “plain and boring”.
There is a two-tone red checkerboard pattern and some the white three strips running down the side, but besides that, it is fairly safe.
England’s Nike kit was released alongside Nigeria’s epic launch. Safe to say, the English were outdone.
The traditional white shirt, blue shorts and white socks contains red numbers and a red line across the collar.
The away kit is red and takes inspiration from the St George’s Cross.
But the real pick of the bunch for England is the warm up shirt — with some fans wishing that was picked for the home shirt instead.
Expect France to wear something like the for the first game against Australia, with Footy Headlines getting a sneak peek at the Nike design, which will be officially released in March.
The away kit will be white, with faint blue and red lines in a random pattern across the entire shirt.
The Germans are the reigning world champions and they will have a black pattern running across the chest of the white home number.
Add in black shorts and white socks, it’s a classy look capped off by the black DFB logo.
The home kit takes inspiration from the 1990 World Cup winning team, which boasted a similar pattern.
For their away kit, leaked pictures suggest it will be a blueish green, inspired by the colour of the 1994 World Cup away version.
It also has the same pattern as the 1988 Euro away kit.
Iceland will be in Errea, like they wore at Euro 2016, but it hasn’t been released yet.
Iran still haven’t confirmed who will be supplying their kits in Russia, but Footy Headlines predicts it will be Adidas.
Adidas released Japan’s kit way back in November, with the promotion including a samurai warrior alongside superstar Shinji Kagawa.
Mexico are in their traditional colour of dark green, this time with a lighter shade of green in a striped patted on the side of the torso.
It’s inspired by, wait for it, 1994. It seems to be Adidas’ theme for the World Cup.
Morocco’s Adidas number is … rather simple.
Where do we start with Nigeria?
Besides: we love it!
The 90s inspired fluoro green, the incredible casual line that accompanies it. Nike have won big time, and this one will go down as a cult classic for Kit Nerds.
Panama will wear New Balance, but they have not confirmed any designs yet.
Peru broke a 36 year World Cup hoodoo and will wear Umbro for the momentous tournament.
Poland will be in Nike for 2018.
We’re yet to officially see what Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be wearing for Nike and Portugal, with a March release date expected.
But as is so often the case, pictures have been leaked of what they could be wearing, with Footy Headlines releasing a shot of the white away kit.
The host nation are in Adidas and will wear a simple throwback to the USSR kit from 1988.
It’s red, it’s white, it’s clean.
Another wearer of Nike, Saudi Arabia are expecting a March reveal.
Senegal have signed on with Puma to supply their 2018 kits, but they haven’t been released yet.
Serbia will wear Umbro, but the kit is still to be confirmed.
Another March Nike launch will be South Korea’s uniform.
Spain courted a bit of controversy with their home Adidas kit.
It features a dynamic line graphic design consisting of diamonds in red, yellow and blue that represents the speed, energy and style of football that’s become so associated with the Spain national team.
But to many, the blue appeared closer to purple — with the red, yellow and purple colour combination the colours of the Spanish Second Republic flag.
Adidas have given the Swedes a classic take on their yellow and blue home shirt.
The diagonal details running across the shirt are a throwback to the 1980s.
Switzerland will wear Puma, with their home kit released in November.
The red top features a pattern which is said to represent the country’s mountains, while there is a “special version” of the Swiss flag under the collar.
Uhlsport will be the supplier of Tunisia’s kit.
Uruguay’s Puma kit contains traditional sky blue and a big Sol de Atlántida monument motif on the stomach.
A SPECIAL MENTION ….
Cameroon won’t be featuring at the 2018 World Cup. But Puma did still release an absolute gem for the African champions. Behold: