Adidas, Puma Release Kits While USMNT Nike Kits Wait
With the 2022 World Cup less than three months away, national teams and their kit suppliers have started unveiling kits for the Qatar tournament.
On Monday, Adidas released its kit selection, including a stunning design for Mexico, unique Argentina kits and more. Puma also released another big wave – although it drew a lot of criticism.
Made by Nike, the US kits haven’t been released yet but have leaked, and they too have drawn widespread criticism. Several US men’s national team players appeared to confirm the leaks in comments on social media, joining the chorus of fans who were unimpressed.
“We are just as angry as you all,” wrote forward Tim Weah on Instagram.
On a Zoom call with reporters last week, midfielder Yunus Musah said: “The kits are – yes, they are the kits they made.” After confirming he had seen and worn the actual shirt, he was asked to rate it and gave it a sideways thumb – “in the middle,” he said with his signature beaming smile.
The US kits will be officially unveiled soon. Worn by the USMNT’s biggest rival, the jerseys have already garnered rave reviews.
Adidas World Cup Jerseys for Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Japan
Mexico’s new away kit was released on Monday and drew some of the most positive reactions yet. Used together with the green main jersey, the Adidas kits pay homage to old Mixtec art.
Similarly, Japan’s Adidas kit landed well – and had a phenomenal anime theme to go with it.
Germany’s home and away shirts, as well as Argentina’s purple away shirts, also caused a stir.
Puma kits draw criticism again
Puma released six new away kits on Monday, all of which looked very similar.
The kits all featured a national team logo and number in a shape in the center with the Puma logo above, although each design was slightly customized to represent the respective country. Ghana’s, for example, had a tricolor flag that ran across the number pad. Senegal’s away kits also popped in the green and yellow colorway.
However, many Puma kits were very similar – and left a lot to be desired.
Puma’s universal design is clearly here to stay and every country that uses the brand looks set to get a version of it, used in Qatar this fall.