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All 32 football kits at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

From Argentina to Wales and Qatar, we take a look at the home kits that will be displayed in the FIFA tournament.

A model wears the Iranian national football team's new kit, third right, for the upcoming 2022 World Cup
The Iranian national football team's new kit for Qatar's World Cup [File: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo]

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is only days away, and with the excitement building, here is a look at the jerseys each country’s players will be wearing as they dazzle (or disappoint) over the next month.

Argentina

Translation: The feeling of a country comes together in this new shirt.

Adidas has kitted out Argentina this year; they have gone for an oceanic theme that matches their traditional blue and white colours, and one that is environmentally conscious: the jersey contains 50 percent ocean plastic from the environmental NGO Parley for the Oceans.

Australia

Nike designed this kit, and according to the manufacturer, sustainability is at its core, with the shirts made of 100 percent recycled polyester.

The design is inspired by the traditional colours of Australia’s ecosystem, while on the front, it displays the shield of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, framed by an emu and a kangaroo.

“Through the design, we wanted to honour the heritage of Australian football while celebrating the spirit and unlimited energy of the Socceroos,” Nike Pacific vice president, Ashley Reade, said.

Belgium

Red and gold flames are part of this Adidas-designed kit, which is different from the team’s usual black and yellow design. The fire refers to the team’s nickname, the Red Devils.

Brazil

Translation: Check out the behind-the-scenes of the players’ rehearsal with the new Brazilian team uniform!

What else? Brazil’s Nike-designed home shirt is, of course, their iconic yellow.

“The 2022 Brazilian collection embodies vibrant audacity. This attitude, a balance of national pride and youth culture, is highlighted in the unique onca-pintada [jaguar] knit patterns of the home kit and print on the away kit sleeves,” Nike said.

“The kits also feature hidden symbols, like a discoverable Brazilian flag element on the home kit’s front placket, and a ‘Garra Brasileira’ [Brazilian grit] treatment on the inner back of the shirt, a reference to the nation’s grit and resilience,” it added.

Cameroon

Cameroon once tried to wear a sleeveless shirt at the 2002 World Cup. It was an original idea, but FIFA banned it. This year’s kit (with sleeves) was designed by One All Sports, and the Cameroonian flag inspires the jersey.

Canada

It is Canada’s first World Cup since 1986, but they have decided to not go with a new kit for the tournament.

“Canada Soccer is on a different kit development cycle,” Nike said. The current design features the traditional red and white colour, and the crease features a maple leaf.

Costa Rica

Designed by New Balance, Costa Rica’s uniform is made from 100 percent recycled polyester. It is a red jersey with blue trimmings.

Croatia

Croatia’s kit for the World Cup was framed around its trademark red-and-white chequered pattern and, according to Nike, is a “modern take” on the traditional design.

Denmark

Designed by the sports brand Hummel, Denmark’s home kit is red and minimalist as part of a protest against the tournament being hosted in Qatar.

“At Hummel, we believe that sport should bring people together,” the kit supplier said. “And when it doesn’t, we are eager to speak up and make a statement.”

“That’s also why the new Denmark jerseys for the upcoming World Cup have been designed as a protest against Qatar and its human rights record,” it added.

Hummel, however, was criticised itself, as it manufactures a third of its apparel in China, as well as Pakistan and Bangladesh, where human rights and labour laws have been called into question.

Ecuador

Ecuador‘s kit was designed by Marathon, which has been responsible for Ecuador’s jersey since 1995. The design includes the word “Ecuador”, written in six different languages.

England

England’s traditional white home shirt has been coupled with different shades of blue across the shoulders. It was designed by Nike, which said it combines “the iconic Blue Void with youthful patterns”.

France

Nike’s kit for the current World Cup champions France mixes the country’s past and future in what the manufacturer defined as a vision of “the New France”.

“Classic French design cues include a tricolour insert on the short, a jacquard sock and cuff and gold detailing,” Nike said.

Germany

This jersey was manufactured by Adidas, which takes inspiration from the country’s first national football shirt.

According to Adidas, “the jersey captures the spirit of the team, using the colours of the national flag and blurring the ‘D’ of ‘Deutschland’ to reflect the dynamic football played by the squad”.

Ghana

Ghana’s jersey was manufactured by Puma, displaying the country’s national flag with traditional Ghanaian textile patterns.

Iran

Iran’s kit is predominantly white with red. This tournament, Team Melli has decided to ditch the cheetah, which appeared in 2014 and 2018. The cheetah’s appearance was a way to raise awareness of the Asiatic cheetahs facing the threat of extinction.

Japan

According to Adidas, the Japanese jersey draws inspiration from traditional origami paper folding with a graphical design that conveys speed.

Mexico

Designed by Adidas, Mexico‘s jersey displays the headdress of Quetzalcoatl, a deity of the Aztec people, who ruled the area before Spanish colonisation.

“On the back neck, a signoff showing Quetzalcoatl’s head summons spiritual strength,” Adidas said. The jersey is made with 100 percent recycled materials.

Morocco

The red home jersey “honours the Atlas Lions class of 1998, and the whole Morocco football teamwear is rooted in the success of the past to help the national team get back to the top”, Puma said, mentioning the 1998 World Cup team who were so unlucky to not progress to the knock-out stages.

This year Morocco asked Adidas to pull the jersey it designed for Algeria’s national football team because it argued that the design depicted a traditional Moroccan mosaic known as zellige.

Netherlands

What else but orange for the Oranje? Designed by Nike, the bold colours are supposed to represent Dutch tradition, while its design emphasises the inclusive mentality across Dutch sport and culture.

Poland

Poland’s jersey is largely plain with sleeve graphics depicting a white eagle’s feathers, paying homage to Polish sovereignty and unity.

Portugal

Portugal’s kit was also designed by Nike, and uses a diagonal line to mimic a flag wrapped around the body.

Qatar

The home team, in its first appearance in the World Cup, will be wearing their traditional maroon kits.

“The home kit celebrates Qatar’s 1971 independence with the Desert Maroon and white serrated trim of the national flag,” Nike said. The away kit represents the Qatari coastline.

Saudi Arabia

The green home Saudi Arabia kit is inspired by the national flag, while the mosaic graphic evokes “speed and boldness”.

The shield features a falcon, “a multilingual reference to soccer”, Nike said.

Senegal

Senegal’s kit was manufactured by Puma and its design is predominantly white, while the centre of the design highlights the Senegalese flag. Just a shame that Sadio Mane will not be wearing the shirt this World Cup.

Serbia

Manufactured by Puma, the World Cup shirt combines a red base with gold accents and trim.

The design was released in August 2022.

South Korea

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For South Korea, Nike said they got inspiration from the country’s culture, with the red representing the “fierce mentality of a proud nation”.

Spain

Spain’s red jersey designed by Adidas makes a statement with the team’s famous deep red colour, and references to the flag across the collar and shirt bindings.

Switzerland

The Swiss team’s home kit for World Cup 2022 has an ombre-effect colour palette. It was designed by Puma.

Tunisia

Tunisia’s kit was manufactured by Kappa and the red references the history and heritage of the nation.

According to Kappa the kits are meant to be “resistant and breathable”. Expect to see a lot of them in Qatar thanks to the country’s big Tunisian diaspora.

Uruguay

Uruguay’s home kit is a simple design that includes a celeste blue colour with a white collar and mesh cuffs. It was designed by Puma.

United States

USA missed the last World Cup, but they are back with their traditional white home shirt. Their kits feature bold stripes and an “enlarged center crest akin to basketball jerseys”, Nike said.

It also includes double Nike swooshes on the sleeves, which are similar to the ones used on American football jerseys.

Wales

Wales, or Cymru, are in their first World Cup since 1958. The Adidas-designed Wales 2022 World Cup home jersey has a red colour design and white stripes on the shoulder. It is already a favourite among football fans.

Source: Al Jazeera