Jerseys are undoubtedly a huge part of football fan culture, and watching your team while they play in resplendent kits is a real joy for any lover of the game. Fans of these countries at the 2019 Women’s World Cup are in for a treat.
The Matildas will be draped in a Nike kit that screams nostalgia. The kit was designed especially for the team and features a number of national monuments all co-existing in a pattern that Aussie captain Samantha Kerr describes as “wild”. She couldn’t be more correct. The pattern or series of patterns produces a feel similar to an exquisite, expensive painting.
USA (Home & Away)
USA’s home jersey is meant to bring them some luck. It is a tribute to the 1999 team who won the World Cup and is remembered as one of the best teams in USA and indeed global football history. It’s a (very) simple white background with blue and red trimmings on the arms. Their away kit is quite the opposite as Nike went for a design representing USA’s famous stars and stripes all beneath a glowing red hue.
Brazil’s home jerseys are usually simple with the prominent Selecao yellow the highlight of the jerseys. They however have a blue away jersey that allows some room for artistic manoeuvring. Nike brought to life an old Brazilian folk-tale to make their masterpiece. The legend of the Brazilian warriors who turned to a galaxy of stars upon expiring. The Canarinhas in 2019 will be hoping to have legends told about them as well and prove that are no less warriors than those whose myths have inspired their lustrous kits
Norway’s home jersey is a beauty to behold. The bright red fading into dark blue like a mirage that takes you unawares and lulls you into a deep sleep. It’s gorgeous feel is created by the contrast of the national team colours as previously seen in other Norwegian sports teams. A design concept which has been described as “unmistakably Norwegian” by Cassie Looker, Nike Women’s Football Apparel Lead. For one of WoSo’s mammoth teams looking to get back to their pedestal.
The Steel roses from China were one of the prominent female teams of the late 90s and even went as far as the final of the World Cup in 1999. Losing on penalties to THAT USA team. They however went through a difficult phase in the late noughties and early 2010s, but they have managed to steady the ship to some extent, so having their away kit adorned with Phoenix designs is right on the money. The grey strip with orange trimmings is another brilliant piece of work by Nike and is likely to be a big hit at the finals
From steel roses to red roses. The Lionesses’ away kit for the World Cup is a grandiose red and features a pattern of roses adorning the entirety of the jersey besides the sleeves which are a darker shade of red than the rest of the jersey. Without doubt one of the most eye-catching of Nike’s World Cup releases. The rose design is from the official badge of the national team which features a decennary of roses.
NEW ZEALAND (Away)
New Zealand’s home and away jerseys pay homage to the Fern. The nickname of the national team. The silver fern is featured on both the white home jersey and the all black away jersey. It’s barely noticeable on the white jersey, but the contrast it provides on the black away jersey raises its aesthetic value to a mind boggling level. The fern is said to represent strength, resistance and power and New Zealand will need all three when they come up against the Netherlands, Canada and Cameroon in Group E
Nike night have dominated the rest of the article but this masterpiece by Adidas for Germany takes the cake. The design draws inspiration from the 1989 UEFA Women’s Championship which Germany won on home soil. The kit adds a modern twist to the original design with it’s microstripes forming a gradient carrying the national team’s colours. They’ll be hoping the jersey and design concept can give them some luck like it did for the 1989 Euros team and the Men’s team at the 1990 World Cup.
Article By: Ayoola Kelechi, @Ayoola_Kelechi