adidas are getting ready for a big summer in Russia, releasing the home shirts of the nine teams which they’ll be kitting out in next years World Cup. The big names including Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia and host nation, Russia, will all be looking hella fly in these dope new threads from adidas Football.

But before we passed full judgement, we got hands-on with these new kits to really test them out.

Juergen Rank, Senior Design Director boldly claimed, “adidas has created so many products, innovations and looks through the decades which became true icons in the soccer world. We want to celebrate those icons in the world of today.

Drawing inspiration from Germany’s kit worn throughout the 1990s, their new shirt makes strong use of line and cleverly includes the inscription “Die Mannschaft” on the inside of the collar – which translates to “The Team.” Probably the most iconic adidas kit of the lot (and in our opinion, the coolest) the Germans will be confident that they can go back-to-back after drawing Mexico, Sweeden and South Korea in Group F.

Argentina has again opted for tradition in the form of their iconic blue and white stripes. Will this finally be the shirt we see Leo Messi lead Argentina to their third World Cup victory in, after comings so close in 2014?

Spain’s shirt draws from their retro 1994 World Cup kit worn in the United States. The diamonds represent the speed, energy and style of soccer that has become iconically associated with the national team. We’re big fans of the ‘tiki-taka’ retro.

The Russians are also paying homage to their heritage, in the form of inspiration taken from the Soviet Union’s 1988 Olympic Games shirt. The Soviets won gold in the Olympic games last time they wore this shirt – so can Russia deliver the same at their home World Cup?

The other big announcement our of adi-HQ is the new World Cup ball; the Telstar 18.

The new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first World Cup match ball, the Telstar, which was used at the 1970 tournament in Mexico. But a lot’s changed since 1970 – so adidas looked to combine the best from the past (most notably the 2014 Brazuca) as well as the newest future focused innovations in this ball.

 

 

For those of us whom won’t be out on the pitch in Russia, the Telstar 18 has an NFC chip embedded inside the ball. This will let you unlock a range of challenges and content for you to enjoy in the lead-up and during next years World Cup.

 

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