Adidas releases World Cup kits for Germany, Belgium, Spain and more
With more than 200 days left to go until the World Cup gets underway, Adidas 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.
Spain's offering -- specifically the diamond trim -- is inspired by La Roja's 1994 home jersey, with Alvaro Morata employed on modeling duty.
Meanwhile, Belgium traipsed even further back in time, with their new jersey featuring hallmarks of their classic 1984 World Cup uniform.
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 the Japanese's beautiful new strip including a graphic print apparently inspired by the stitching on traditional samurai armour.
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.
Why Messi & Co. 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.
Up next, Mexico will showcase a simple but strong kit offering that really makes the most of that deep green of kits past. The minimal look will be good for Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez & Co. but it'll take more than that for El Tri to get beyond the Round of 16 next summer.
And, of course, who can forget the hosts themselves, Russia?
Yeah, it's red and white. I guess they're going to try and let the Russians' play do the talking though recent results and performances at major tournaments doesn't exactly bode well for the big event in June.
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