With over 200 days left to go until the World Cup gets underway, Adidas have released an entire gamut of new kits for many of the participating nations, many of which are inspired by past glories.
We have been afforded a glimpse of the nifty strips that Spain, Germany, Belgium, Colombia and Japan will be sporting in Russia next summer. With Argentina, as they did in qualifying, leaving it until the last minute, ESPNFC reports.
Belgium have traipsed even further back in time, with their new jersey featuring hallmarks of their classic 1984 World Cup uniform…
Spain’s offering — specifically the diamond trim — is inspired by La Roja’s 1994 home jersey, with Alvaro Morata employed on modelling duty.
Colombia’s strip is a work of beauty, with Adidas taking pointers from Los Cafeteros’ timeless 1990 World Cup kit.
Germany will certainly look the part in Russia, with the defending champions’ exquisite new monochrome kit featuring echoes of their victorious World Cup 1990 campaign.
Japan will also cut a dashing spectacle, with their beautiful new strip including a graphic print apparently inspired by the stitching on traditional samurai armour.
And last (but by no means least), Lionel Messi and the rest of his Argentina compatriots will be hoping to draw strength from their new strip, based on the Albiceleste’s 1993 Copa America jersey — the last major honour they managed to win.
Quite why Messi and company felt the need to leave their big reveal until after the other five is beyond us. After a shockingly poor qualifying campaign, we guess they are used to leaving everything until the last minute.