The first International Break has arrived, and with it comes our first edition of Who Wore What this season. We’ve tracked down some of the matches from the past week, and found a few new kits debuting in the process. Let’s dive into the week that was in international friendlies.
Wednesday, September 3
Czech Republic vs. United States
We begin with the United States’ 1-0 victory on the road against the Czech Republic. The young Americans where wearing their white home Nike kits from the World Cup, as the Czechs went with their primary all-red look with blue trim from PUMA.
England vs. Norway
The English dispatched Norway on the strength of a Wayne Rooney penalty over European foe Norway. The English wore their clean-cut monochrome white home kit, as the visitors had their primary kit from Umbro; a red-navy-red combo with a neat navy and white stripe pattern seen on the jersey and socks.
Germany vs. Argentina
In the rematch of July’s World Cup final in Brazil, champions Germany faced runner-up Argentina in a friendly encounter. Over 51,000 fans in Düsseldorf attended and watched as the Germans fell 2-4. Both teams wore the same kit combinations as in the Maracana in the final. Germany wore their white home kits with white shorts and socks and the three-toned red chevron on the shirt. Argentina had their elegant blue and navy away kit with gold trim.
Thursday, September 4
Belgium vs. Australia
The Belgians debuted a new home kit from new technical supplier adidas. The Red Devils wore a monochrome red kit with white trim and yellow font in their 2-0 friendly victory over Australia, who wore their yellow shirt/green short/white socks Nike home combination from the World Cup.
Italy vs. Netherlands
One of two friendlies involving European heavyweights on Thursday, Italy defeated the Dutch 2-0 in Bari. The Italians were in their all Azzuri kit set from the World Cup, while the Netherlands wore their primary orange shirt, white short, orange socks uniform.
France vs. Spain
The other big European friendly of the day had France host 2010 World Cup champion Spain. The tightly-contested match finished 1-0 in favor of the French, who wore their classy Nike home kit in a tricolor – navy shirt, white short and red socks – against a Spanish side with a rare combination. The visitors wore red jerseys and shorts, with the white socks from their third kit.
Sweden vs. Estonia
The Swedes were in cruise control over an outmatched Estonian side, 2-0. But, the big headline was Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his 50th goal for his country in the process, becoming his nation’s all-time leading scorer. He wore a special kit to commemorate the achievement, with a shirt saying “You made it possible.” Sweden wore their home kit for the first time since the team were eliminated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in a World Cup playoff. It was a yellow jersey with blue and red trim, with blue shorts and yellow socks with blue and red trim. Estonia wore their primary home kit, supplied by Nike. They played in their national tricolor combination of blue shirts with black shorts and white socks.
Friday, September 5
Japan vs. Uruguay
Japan, under new manager Javier Aguirre, wore their vibrant Samurai Blue adidas home kit from the World Cup as they were defeated at home by Edinson Cavani and Uruguay. The visitors wore their all white with light blue trim away kit set from PUMA, also worn in the World Cup.
South Korea vs. Venezuela
Korea Republic played host to South American side Venezuela in Bucheon, South Korea. The Taeguk Warriors won 3-1, wearing their Nike home kit combination of red shirts, blue shorts and red socks. Venezuela wore a new clash kit, as adidas supplied the side with a flamboyant change set. The kit is primarily in white, and has fluorescent yellow and maroon trim applied to the jerseys, shorts and socks.
Brazil vs. Colombia
Brazil’s Pro Tour in the United States restarted with an air of new beginnings. Dunga returned to manage Brazil’s national team for their first competitive contest since crashing out to fourth place in the World Cup they hosted, and he gave Neymar the captain’s armband. Brazil faced Falcao and Colombia in Miami, a rematch of the World Cup quarterfinals. And just like in the World Cup, Brazil defeated Colombia. However, this time around, the Brazilians wore yellow shirts with blue shorts and socks against Colombia, wearing their clash red jersey with white shorts and socks and navy trim.
Saturday, September 6
Chile vs. Mexico
Chile and Mexico played to a dull and goalless stalemate on Saturday night at the new Levi’s Stadium near San Francisco, but they both wore intriguing kits to compensate for it. Both teams wore their clash kits from the World Cup, with Chile wearing white jerseys and shorts with blue socks against Mexico’s flashy lucha libre-inspired bright red and black change kit.
Sunday, September 7
Serbia vs. France
On Sunday, Serbia debuted their new Umbro home kit set against France. The Serbian national team signed a new contract with the Double Diamond brand in July, becoming the latest national team to sign with the resurgent brand from Nike. This home kit comes in a monochrome white with gold details. The shirt has a polo collar with gold trim on the end, and gold sleeve cuffs. The jersey has a tilted golden cross outline design on the chest, with the badge placed inside the intersection. The design breaks up at the center, where the numbers are. The numbers are uniquely in an upward alignment, in gold. The shorts have a simple gold side trim.
Serbia withstood the French in their friendly, ending in a 1-1 tie in Belgrade with the new kit. France wore a blue/blue/red combination.