Of the thirty-two nations that punched a ticket for Brazil, ten teams entered Brazil with aspirations of global glory with the Nike Swoosh. Nike has five teams still standing as the competition heats up in the Round of 16. Each country’s kits celebrated national pride and heritage for sports’ biggest stage, and have technological advances to give the players more support. The hosts Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Greece and the United States are ready for their next stage.
Brazil, the hosts, are looking to avenge their 1950 defeat in the finals by Uruguay. They are going for their sixth World Cup championship in their revered combination of the canary yellow jersey with blue shorts, white socks and green trim for their home kit. The message “Nascido para jogar futebol,” “Born to play football,” is inscribed behind the crest on the shirt’s interior. The energetic blue hooped away kit reflects the movement and culture the Brazilian people bring to sports, music and life. The tab pennant within the collar has the Southern Cross, a constellation featured on the national flag. White shorts and blue socks complete the look. The Netherlands, celebrating their 125th anniversary of the KNVB (Royal Dutch FA), have a redesigned version of their classic lion crest that appears on their kits. The Dutch retains their classic orange home jersey with white or alternate orange shorts and orange socks, while their away kit is a dark and unique look. The shirt gradients from blue to imperial purple, with a series of chevrons grading the colors, creating a great visual effect. The KNVB and Nike recently extended their deal to 2026. France, winners of the World Cup in 1998, has a pair of classic looks for this campaign. The home kit features an elegant white collar with a blue jersey, white shorts and red socks. The away has a white jersey featuring light gray pinhoops with blue shorts and white socks. The classic cockerel crest appears on both kits, which are fashionable and tastefully done. Greece also has a pair of conservative, yet neat kits. Both the home white and away blue kits have a retro tailored look, complete with contrasting polo collars and matching sleeve cuffs. Finally, the United States, with a couple of kits that invoke intense passion for a nation back on the rise in the sport. The classy, tailored white home look and red trim with polo collar and faint pinhoops is a sharp contrast to the popular red, white and blue away kit nicknamed the “Boom Pop,” for the inverted resemblance to Popsicle’s Rocket Pop. The intense round of 16 starts up this weekend. What are your predictions? Who will be wearing what? Stay tuned to fined out!