Eagle-eyed football fans on Twitter got a sneak peek at a dozen new Nike national team kits on Monday, including eight sets that will be worn at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar this November and December.
Nike is set to officially unveil a slew of new national team kits later this week. But Twitter user @esvaphane — who has posted credible leaks of club and national team kits in the past — beat them to the punch, posting graphics and photos of new home and away kits for 12 nations on Monday. Reliable sources have confirmed to SportsLogos.net that the graphics and photos accurately represent what the final kits will look like.
All 12 countries will use Nike’s new Vaporknit template; here’s a look at all 12 countries, starting with those that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup:
The host nation will sport maroon jerseys with detailing along the sleeve cuffs mirroring the national flag. The away kit is primarily white with patches of gold fading in and out underneath a pattern of interconnecting circles.
Australia maintains its traditional yellow home look, this time with a tonal marble pattern all over. The sleeve cuffs are green, as is an insert at the back collar. The away kit is dark blue with mint green collar inserts and sleeve cuff trim. The national team crest also appears in monochromatic mint green. Both kits have a seven-pointed star on the back collar.
Croatia’s traditional checkerboard pattern gets modern twists on both their home and away kits. The home kits feature red squares on a white base, with a few missing to make for more of a pixelated appearance. Light blue squares are blurred and distorted on the dark blue away kits as they radiate out from the national team crest on the left chest.
France is keeping things simple on their home kits, which appear to be more of a greyish blue than in previous years. The national team crest and Nike logo are gold, while small French tricolores appear on the sleeve cuffs. The away kit features a subtle pattern of scenes from throughout French history printed all over the front and sleeves of the white base.
The Netherlands is sticking with its traditional orange colour at home, this time with an abstract tonal pattern — possibly inspired by a lion’s mane? — all over the front and sleeves. The Nike logo and back collar insert are black. The away kit is blue, with black collar inserts and black sleeve cuffs with narrow orange stripes through the middle. The shade of orange on the away kit crest appears to be darker than the home kit crest
While @esvaphane had indicated Poland’s red jersey would be its home jersey, the Polish national team has traditionally worn white at home. Their new white jersey features a tonal pattern across the shoulders and sleeves and the Polish coat of arms on the left chest. The away kit is solid red, and the white crew neck collar and sleeve cuffs have narrow red stripes through their centers.
Portugal is breaking with tradition somewhat for their new home kits, as they usually don’t feature as much green as seen in the leaked graphic. The red and green blocks are split diagonally across the front of the shirt. The base of the away kit is off-white, and it features a band around the chest that partley extends to the back, with green and red split roughly proportional to how they’re split in the Portuguese flag. The sleeve cuffs and back collar insert are black.
🇸🇦 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia traditionally wears white at home, and their new white kits feature a tonal pattern of what appears to be tree branches, leaves and feathers. The crew neck collar and Nike logo are green. The away kit features an abstract tonal pattern on a dark green base.
Nike had previously released Brazil’s home and away kits in early August. National teams that Nike outfits that were not among Monday’s leaks include:
- United States
- South Korea
The countries below did not qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but will be receiving new national team kits nonetheless.
China’s new home kits are predominantly red, with darker red inserts at the front and back of the collar and near the hem. The sleeve cuffs are dark red with narrow yellow stripes through the center. The away kit is mint green, with a tonal pattern of dots radiating out from the hem on the front of the kit. Dots also radiate out from the collar on each sleeve. Inserts at the back collar and sleeve cuffs are the same slightly darker shade of green as the dots.
Nigeria’s new home kit features a green base covered in panels with different tonal patterns all over. Front and center, though, is the silhouette of a bird — presumably an eagle due to the national team’s “Super Eagles” nickname. The away kit is white with a pattern of black and green triangles on the sleeves and green inserts on the front collar, back collar and sleeve cuffs.
🇳🇿 NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand is going back to basics with their new kits. The only adornments on the white home kit are the black crew neck collar and sleeve cuffs. The national team logo of a white fern leaf sits on the left chest, outlined in black. The black away kit features no trim; the only things standing out are the Nike logo and the fern leaf on the chest in white.
Türkiye traditionally wears red at home and white with a red band across the chest away. Their new home kits will feature a tonal geometric pattern across the front, save for a solid red band across the chest. The tonal pattern appears again in the red band on the away kit, which also has narrow red stripes running through the collar and sleeve cuffs. Both kits feature the white star and crescent from the Turkish flag as a crest.