adidas Unveils Kits for 7 More World Cup 2014 Teams

Written By:  •  Friday, November 15, 2013

New Argentina 2014 World Cup Uniforms

Earlier this week, we covered Germany’s unveiling of their progressive-looking kits for World Cup 2014. Today, adidas officially unveiled 7 kits on their twitter account, and we’ve got details for all of those kits.

Argentina

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Basically your run-of-the-mill Argentina kit, here. Nothing too flashy or deviant from the norm when it comes to La Albiceleste, as the Argentines will continue to run out in their iconic look of white with sky blue stripes. The crest has been slightly updated, although there isn’t too much of a difference between the new one and the old one. The big difference here is that Argentina will apparently have white shorts as a first choice.

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Like Germany, this is a departure from their normal look of black (or navy blue) shorts, but unlike the Germans, the Argentines have worn white shorts a bit more often in their storied history (mostly against Brazil). Either way, it’s a very classy look for the Argentines, and their fans should be happy with the look come next Summer.

Colombia

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Colombia have returned to the World Cup Finals for the first time since the ’90s (which were the glory days of eccentric stars such as Rene Higuita & Carlos Valderrama), and they will be doing so with a slightly altered look.

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Normally Colombia runs out in yellow shirts, navy shorts, and red socks (alluding to the order of colors on their flag) and have done so for most of their history unless forced to change. The new look comes in the form of white shorts and white socks, with navy & red reduced to trim colors throughout the rest of the kit. It’s definitely a new look for Los Cafeteros, but one that their fans will come to adore should they make the grandest return to the World Cup by winning it.

Germany

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We went into further detail here, but for those who missed the major points:

  • -> 3 shades of red on chest represent 3 World Cups that (West) Germany has won

  • -> No black shorts, huge departure from tradition

Japan

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At first glance, it seems like a typical Japan kit: Mostly blue (which the men’s national team considers a lucky color ever since a famous win at the 1936 Olympics) with red accents (the shade of red being very bright, almost pink). There’s also a sublimated design of sun streaks centered from the crest on the chest, alluding to the Rising Sun flag design that has been present in Japan’s long history.

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This design could cause a little bit of controversy should Japan run into South Korea in the knockout rounds (since the Rising Sun is considered offensive in Korea), adding a bit more fuel to an already heated rivalry. Other than that, there are no big surprises for Japan here, and it continues a bit of a monochrome trend for adidas.

Mexico

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El Tri have actually been wearing this kit since the tail end of World Cup Qualifying (possibly because at one point there was a very good chance that they would have been eliminated from the World Cup in embarrassing fashion at the qualifying stage), so this unveiling is a bit more formal than it is breaking news. Since that’s the case, we actually have action shots to show you, here.

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They also show the Mexicans in great spirits because there is no way that they are going to fail to make it to Brazil after the thrashing they gave to New Zealand. As far as the kit is concerned, it’s a very interesting take on a traditional look for the Mexicans: The kit still consists of green shirts, white shorts, and red socks, but it’s accented with vibrant, jagged stripes on the shirts and socks and the crest is now positioned in the middle of the shirt.

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It’s modern, but it works for El Tri as they head into what should be a very interesting trip to Brazil.

Russia

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Unlike the Mexican team who have actually worn the kit on the pitch or the other teams who have at least modelled their kits, the Russians have done neither of this, so this is actually the first official unveiling of what the Russian National Team will be wearing next Summer. It’s a return to the dark-red, nearly maroon look with gold accents that the Russians wore for World Cup 2010. Once again, the entire kit is the same color, but this is a normal look for the Russians so there isn’t much of a deviation here. The big difference here is that the Russian flag bookends the obligatory adidas shoulder stripes, adding a nice patriotic touch to a very classy kit.

Spain

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The reigning World Champions may have given us a hint as to what their primary look for 2014 would be when they took to the pitch in an all-red look for their match against France at the 2013 Confederations Cup. If you liked that look, then you’ll probably be a fan of this look as La Furia Roja are going to look muy Roja for the World Cup.

Spain's national soccer team players wearing new Spanish kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup stand on the stage during a presentation ceremony in Madrid

Like fellow soccer bluebloods Argentina & Germany, they’ve discarded their darker shade of shorts for a monochrome look. However, the gold accents & striping seem to be very fitting for a team that has won nearly every major competition that they have entered since Euro 2008.

Overall, adidas have managed to leave most of their wacky & nonsensical looks in the previous decade and have managed to find a happy medium between modern & classy. That’s just our opinion, though. What’s yours? As usual, let us know how you feel about all these kits in the comment section!

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  • wolgangII

    Nice article, just one correction. Russia didn’t participate in Sputh Africa 2010, maybe you were talking about their Qualification kit.
    So… Adidas wants to make a small mark and change eveybody’s traditional shorts (except for México and Russia).
    Overall, very nice uniforms.

    • http://fittedcapfiend.blogspot.com Demetrius Bell

      Ah, you’re right. How’d I botch that? Anyways, thanks for noticing! It’ll be corrected soon

      • Grant

        Maybe you were thinking of Russia’s Euro Kits they wore for the Euro 2012?

    • Pulvy

      The idea of kits all of the same colour comes from FIFA, not from Adidas. FIFA encouraged the teams to have a mainly mono-colour kit for broadcasting reason (like when the TVs were black and white).

  • S. Tom P.

    It’s a good glimpse of the competition. Much appreciated, Demetrius. I always enjoy your articles.

    • http://fittedcapfiend.blogspot.com Demetrius Bell

      I’m just hoping that the US decides to go with another good-looking kit for Brazil. Also, thanks for the compliment. I’m glad that you enjoy the articles!

  • El_Kaiju

    Colombia’s white shorts ooh ruins what would have been a serviceable look. Far too much white on the kit was well.

  • PriitJK

    A million times better than what Nike is doing with Olympic hockey, that’s for sure!!!

  • Patrick McReary

    Adidas, you impress me. And not in a good way.

  • alex

    why is it called kits in soccer and not uniforms ?

    • http://mpiremall.info Tony Spike

      because thats what they were called in the first rules of Association Football panphlet produced by the F.A. in the 1800s i believe

      oh who am i kidding i dont know the actual reason but but i can asume its the same reason a shirt used to be called a jersey, or soccer used to be football

      ones an american term the others english, uniform is a more accurate term tbh ….especially given the industrial working class roots of the game (arsenal were a team of workers from the woolwich arsenal armory for example) but i guess we have called it kit for so long were dyed in the wool so to speak

      and back then your kit …is an army term for your personal effects (gun, pack, ect)…..i would assume this tradition carried over (a kit in those days was everything you used including your cap, shinguards, boots and nickerbockers …..yes you heared me correctly thats what they wore sometimes)

      so their you go …..ask a silly question get a reasonably sensible answer lol

  • Joni

    France didn’t play at the 2013 Confederations Cup. Your picture is from the group stage of UEFA qualification.

    • http://mpiremall.info Tony Spike

      thats japan ….france wear nike and have done since euro 2012

  • Jake

    Better than what Nike would have come up with….

  • Ryan

    I like what Colombia did with their kit. I want one of their jerseys now

  • Chris

    My favorite has to be Japan, and i believe Spain’s kit looks a bit too much like Bayern

  • ingmar66

    Argentina: black shorts were better, even Messi seems to think this looking at these pictures. And screen printed emblems, how cheap looking! We need embroidered emblems or nothing.
    Colombia: yellow and white are all right for the Vatican City team (if they have one), but Colombia needs more blue and red in their uniforms. Another downgrade.
    Germany: ridiculous. The ultimate black shorts team This is cupcake stuff.
    Japan: Saw the game versus Holland yesterday and that red is really pinkish. No problemo with that, but that rising sun…Hope they get kicked out in the first round, and being superstitious as the Japanese are, they will abandon the very right wing and very offensive (and, by the way, very poorly executed) rising sun from their shirts.
    Mexico: they like their kitschy thunderbolts down there, so this is a fitting uniform. Glad the green white red order of items is still intact.
    Russia: understated and nice. The best of this bunch. Nike, take a look at this one. This is how you design an uniform that people actually want to buy and wear.
    Spain (or should we say Liverpool FC?): what a disgrace. No blue shorts, screen printed logo in kitschy gold. Garishly looking bunch that badly needs to be beaten for the title this time around.
    All in all not impressive by any means, this lot. I am especially galled by the rubbery, screen printed emblems. And don’t give me any excuses about excessive weight or itchiness of embroidered emblems. because they can be stitched in with fabric on the backside. It is just cutting cost corners and improving profit margins. And ruining the look of a shirt in doing so.

  • Bryan W.

    Argentina: I actually really like it. While I’ll miss the black shorts, I think this look is cleaner and stands out quite nicely with the traditional light blue and white.

    Columbia: White shorts and socks really make the rest of the kit look very bland compared to the yellow shirt. I don’t like it.

    Germany: Schlaaand! but… make the shorts black. It doesn’t look right otherwise.

    Japan: It’s a great look, but I think the rising sun is pushing it. While I respect a deep history, this is probably not the best way to show it.

    Mexico: Nice! That’s all.

    Russia: I actually like Russia in the dark red much more than in the traditional red, because it makes them stand out a lot more. So good on them! Looks sharp.

    Spain: Like Germany and Columbia, it’s the shorts and/or socks. Blue shorts and/or socks and we have a winner. We don’t need another team wearing all red.