FIFA has accepted a request from the Croatian Football Association to play the opening fixture of the 2014 World Cup in their traditional red and white checkered shirt.
Croatia were supposed to wear their blue away shirt in the opening fixture however Croatian FA president Davor Suker had submitted a request to FIFA pointing out the significance of the checkered red and white shirt to Croatia, especially given they are going to be playing in the opening fixture of the World Cup.
FIFA’s approval will therefore see two of the most recognisable kits in the World Cup opener, Brazil’s yellow and green shirts and Croatia’s red and white.
Croatia will play all three group matches in their famous red and white shirt, as they face Cameroon and Mexico who will both be wearing green shirts. The only difference is that they will wear blue socks against Cameroon and white socks against Mexico.
With the countdown to the 2014 World Cup getting closer to kick-off, check out all the participating teams’ kits here.
An Anglo/Italian sports journalist and author who writes for a number of publications, including The Guardian and Sports Illustrated. Previously a columnist for World Soccer, Jean Paul has appeared on a number of football podcasts including The Guardian’s Football Weekly, he is a Juventus supporter having followed the Bianconeri since first visiting the Stadio delle Alpi in the 1990s.