Ten New International Soccer Kits Released This Week

With club soccer pausing for another international break, a slew of new national team kits were released this week — many of which were supposed to be released last year for Euro 2020 but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a look at what had been unveiled as of Tuesday morning:

DENMARK – HOME & AWAY

Denmark’s new home kits — manufactured by Danish company Hummel — are dark red with white sleeves and blue accents near the shoulder. They are filled with national pride, as a soundwave graphic visualizing a portion of the Danish national anthem appears on the chest and back. A soundwave of the entire anthem, “Der Er Et Yndigt Land” (commonly translated to “There is a Lovely Country” in English) is printed on the inside collar. And the slogan of the Danish Football Union is printed inside the jersey’s hem: “En Del Af Noget Større” (“Part of Something Bigger”).

The away kits are white and feature the same elements as the home kit: the partial soundwave pattern on the chest and back, albeit at a different angle than on the home kit; the full soundwave inside the collar; and the DBU slogan inside the hem.

Goalkeeper kits are available on the DBU’s webstore in black, blue and green.

More details on Denmark’s new kits are available at sharethegame.dk.

Photos courtesy landsholdsshoppen.dk / DBU


MEXICO – HOME

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) released its new home kit on Monday, marking a big departure from previous home kits.

Traditionally, Mexico has worn a green jersey at home, but the jerseys revealed Monday are black with pink accents — “Mexican pink,” the FMF’s website calls it, “a special and unique colour, just like the Mexicans.”

The FMF press release also mentions that the jersey design is “inspired by textile art that identifies us as a nation around the world in art and fashion. Wearing the Mexican pink color represents the cultural richness of our country and the joy of our people; It is reflected in characteristic elements of our traditions and celebrations, in gastronomy, in the architecture of renowned artists, streets, murals, as well as in the nature of our country.”

Photo courtesy @FMF / Twitter


ARGENTINA – HOME

Argentina’s new home kit puts a fresh twist on the nation’s traditional home kit of light blue and white stripes. The camouflage-like pattern inside the blue stripes is meant to represent Argentine provinces, according to TodoSobreCamiestas.com. The Sun of May, the icon from the Argentine flag, appears on the back on the jersey, near the collar.


COLOMBIA – HOME

Where Argentina added flair to their home jerseys, Colombia has gone back to basics. The country’s new home jersey is solid yellow, with blue and red trim on the collar and cuffs to match the country’s flag. A map of the country, filled in with its flag design, appears on the back of the jersey, near the collar.


RUSSIA – AWAY

Russia has also incorporated elements of its flag into its latest release. the country new away jersey features blue and red stripes across the chest that, taken together with the background, mimic the striping of the Russian flag. The country’s double-eagle crest appears on the chest in full colour, while a small badge on the back of the jersey, near the collar, reads: “ИГРАЕМ ЗА ВАС!” (“We Play for You!”)

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com


SPAIN – AWAY

Spain is known for its colourful culture and colourful style of football, but the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has gone decidedly monochromatic for its new away kits. The jersey is predominantly white, with a light grey tonal watercolour-like pattern on the front and silver adidas stripes on the shoulders. The adidas and RFEF logos are rendered in red, and there are thin red and yellow strips on the cuffs. A lion icon appears on the back near the collar, with the numbers 1920 and 2020, marking the 100th anniversary of Spain making its international soccer debut, a 1-0 win over Denmark at the 1920 Summer Olympics.

On Tuesday, the RFEF also released a new, simplified crest that will be used on national team jerseys starting in 2022:

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com


GERMANY – AWAY

Where Spain went light, Germany went dark — like, really dark. The four-time World Cup champions unveiled their new away kit on Tuesday, and almost all the elements on it — including the German Football Association (DFB) logo, the adidas logo and the adidas stripes — rendered in black on the black shirt. Red and yellow trim on the cuffs mimics the pattern of the German flag and provides the only pops of colour on the entire shirt. Thankfully, for legibility’s sake, images on the DFB’s webstore indicate that player names and numbers on these jerseys will be white (or possibly silver?), although the back numbers incorporate a pattern of thin black lines.

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com


SWEDEN – AWAY

The Swedish Football Association has kept things traditional and classy with its new away kit. The jersey is dark blue, with yellow adidas logos, yellow trim around the collar and cuffs, as well as yellow pinstripes on the front and sleeves. On the back near the collar is the word “SVERIGE,” which is Swedish for “Sweden.”

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com


HUNGARY – AWAY

Simple, traditional and classy also seemed to be the direction Hungary decided to go in for its new away kit. The jersey is predominantly white, with a red collar and red adidas logos. Green panels run up the sides of the shirt, and eventually fuse into the cuffs, which also have red piping. A simplified version of the country’s coat of arms is on the left chest, and the Hungarian Football Federation’s logo is rendered in red in the middle of the chest.

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com


BELGIUM – AWAY

Like Spain, Belgium went predominantly white for its new away kit, although in Belgium’s case, the tonal pattern looks more like brush strokes than watercolours (perhaps mirroring their home kit), and extends to the back of the jersey. The adidas stripes on the shoulders are red, the adidas logo on the chest is black, and both colours feature on the cuffs. The jersey sports the new Royal Belgian Football Association crest that was introduced in November 2019, and on the back near the collar is a stylized ‘B’ logo in the colours of the Belgian flag that also appears in the same spot on the home kit.

Photo courtesy TodoSobreCamiestas.com