Ready for the Pitch: Russia’s Gear for the World Cup

By: Carolina Herrera

     According to the SoccerBible, a blog that focuses solely on soccer apparel and how soccer players interact with athletic clothing and accessories, the Russia 2018 World Cup jersey, designed by Adidas, conveys a simplistic style as a modern interpretation of the jersey worn by the Soviet Union during the 1988 Olympic Games, where the team won a gold medal. The jersey is red and has solid white lines running from the back of the upper arms and onto the chest. It is brighter than Russia’s previous jersey that they wore at the 2017 Confederations Cup. On the back of Russia’s 2018 World Cup jersey, the neck has the Russian flag and the Russian eagle with the words “Вместе К Победе”, translating to “Victory-Bound as One.” The jersey is minimalistic, allowing the oversized crest to stand out on the player’s left chest. SoccerBible notes that the jersey is the latest design between Russia and Adidas, a partnership that dates back since 2009, and will be a significant design for Adidas, especially if Russia has a strong run this summer at the World Cup.

“Soviet Union players, wearing the original kit, tussle with Romario during their 2-1 win over Brazil at the Seoul 1998 Olympic Games”


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SoccerBible. “Russia 2018 World Cup Adidas Home Shirt.” SoccerBible. April 11, 2017. Accessed April 20, 2018.