World Cup kits: from Mexican roots to Japanese traditions

Mexico will bring its indigenous roots to the field. Germany will take inspiration from their first game over 100 years ago. Japan will showcase its origami traditions. Argentina will promote gender equality.

It becomes easier to imagine the look of the World Cup three months from now after Adidas and Puma have released more national team kits for the tournament in Qatar.

Here’s a look at some of the kits revealed on Monday:


Mexico’s away kit has graphics representing “our country’s history, roots and culture”, the Mexican Football Association said.

The patterns are in red on the white jersey, which will be used with green shorts and burgundy socks.

“It won’t just be a kit,” the federation said. “It will be an armor filled with magic, power and poetry.”

The first kit, in the traditional green of Mexico, highlights the image of the god Quetzalcóatl, with feathers and a serpent’s body that symbolizes the duality of human nature characteristic of pre-Hispanic cultures.


Germany’s home kit will feature a vertical black stripe down the middle of the white jersey in a design inspired by the national team’s first jersey used in 1908.

“The new home shirt seems to embody the team spirit,” said the German Football Association.

It will also feature details in the colors of the German flag on the round neck and sleeves. Black shorts and white socks will complete the look.

“I really like the new home shirt,” said striker Serge Gnabry. “There is real harmony in the color combinations, and it will be an honor to play in this shirt for Germany at the World Cup.”

The away kit has a mix of black and red colors in a modern design.


Japan will bring a blue jersey with an origami-inspired design for the first kit, along with white shorts and blue socks.

The marketing campaign for the new uniform tied into the manga series Blue Lock and Giant Killing, with images of the jersey being shown in comic books in Japan.

The away kit will consist of a white jersey with black shorts and white socks.


Spain will remember the World Cup they hosted four decades ago on their away kit, which will mix light blue and white with graphics inspired by the 1982 tournament logo.

The uniform will consist of dark blue shorts and light blue socks.

The first kit will be the traditional dark red jersey with details in the colors of the national flag.


Argentina will keep their traditional white and blue first kit, but will wear an all-purple uniform to symbolize the fight for gender equality.

Lionel Messi was the model for the new kit, the details of which are based on Argentina’s traditional Sol de Mayo crest.


Puma has faced criticism on social media after posting similar designs for its national teams’ away kits.

They feature similar graphics as well as player numbers in the middle of the shirts, below the Puma logo and national team crests.

Among the nations with Puma are Morocco, Ghana, Uruguay and Switzerland.


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