The 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place June 14-July 15 in Russia, and the world will be enjoying the skill, athleticism, and kick-ass soccer jerseys worn by players. Unfortunately, Team USA didn’t make the cut this time, which leaves us looking for someone else to root for. We’ve narrowed down five national teams, based mostly on the world’s best players like Messi (Argentina jersey), Ronaldo (Portugal jersey), Neymar (Brazil jersey) and great colors (we’re looking at you Mexico). Plus, we’re total suckers for winners, so we had to include 2014 World Cup champs Germany.
Here are the 5 best World Cup soccer jerseys you need.
Lionel Messi is the star of this national team, so trust us, this Argentina World Cup jersey from adidas will be a popular one.
The team, however, has been a heartbreaker for fans in recent years. In fact, Argentina’s most recent major trophy was won in 1993, when La Celeste y Blanca won the Copa America. The 2018 jersey, which is 100% polyester, pays tribute to the jersey worn during that tournament.
The current version has the famous blue and white stripes on the front and back, with pixilation in the blue stripes in the shape of laurels from the federation badge. Solid white sleeves and collar. And, of course, adidas three stripes are on the shoulders.
PORTUGAL WORLD CUP JERSEY
Another player you’ll be hearing a lot about during the World Cup is Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s part of the Portugal national team. He’s one of the world’s best players and ironically loves to shed his jersey at the drop of a hat to show off his six pack abs.
Portugal is the reigning European champs and will be looking to win another trophy in Russia.
This new 100% polyester home jersey salutes the football royalty that is Portugal. Gold, already present on the team badge, will be woven into the pattern. There is green trim around the collar, and green and red woven strips on the back of the neck. Inside the collar is a pride graphic taken from Portugal’s naval history.
GERMANY WORLD CUP JERSEY
OK, World War II is long behind us. So we say it’s time to root for the Germans. Plus, their home jerseys look phenomenal. Universally recognized as one of the greatest jerseys of all time, the 1990 West Germany home shirt lives again in this 2018 version. The reigning World Cup winners will wear the design worn by a previous German team that was crowned World champions.
The current version is made of a textured fabric. It has a black and grey graphic print on the front, created with lines of different sizes. The overlap collar mimics the original. A mini replica of the original graphic, complete with country colors, is inside the collar. The FIFA World Champions badge sits center chest between the adidas and Germany logos. “Die Mannschaft,” which translates to “national team,” is printed on the upper back.
BRAZIL WORLD CUP JERSEY
This yellow jersey among soccer fans is equivalent to a New York Yankees hat. It’s iconic and one of the most recognized jerseys in the world.
For the 100% polyester new home jersey, Nike matched the exact yellow used for the 1970 jersey, the year when games were first televised in color and the year when Brazil won its third World Cup. Dubbed “Samba Gold,” the bold color matches a bold style of play. Green lines the collar, and joins third color blue on a knit strip on the back of the neck. Inside the collar is printed the globe from the national flag. “Voce E A Selecao” (“Your Selection”) circles the globe.
Based on the talent and previous success of Brazil in the World Cup, you will likely be wearing this jersey up until the championship game.
MEXICO WORLD CUP JERSEY
America’s neighbors to the south have some beautiful, eye-popping green home jerseys.
Introduced for 2018, Mexico wears a retro design inspired by the 1994 home jersey, considered by many to be the country’s best World Cup jersey.
As in 1994, the green jersey has a green graphic design on the front. The collar and cuffs have green and white trim. White adidas stripes are on the shoulders.
The red, white and green from the Mexican flag is placed inside the collar. “Soy Mexico” is printed on the upper back.