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France 2018 Shirts

Les Blues head to Russia for the 2018 World Cup with both their home and away FFF shirts incorporating a tricolore tape and French inspiration into their design from Nike, at the back of the neck and head to toe blue, white, red.



France play their home games in kit of blue shirts, white shorts and red socks, hence their nickname of les blues. The shirts are part of one of the more successful European football sides, which has boasted household names such as Fabien Barthez, Eric Cantona, Didier Deschamps, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Michel Platini, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane pulling on the blue shirt.

The French national football team played their first international against Belgium in Brussels on the 1st May 1904 ending in a 3-3 draw. France play their home games in the 80,000 capacity Stade de France, North of Paris, France.

France have hosted the tournament twice once in 1938 and once in 1998 where they won the tournament for the first time where Zinedine Zidane was named Player of the Tournament.

'Les Bleus' or France are one of the strongest European nations and they wear dark blue shirts with white shorts and red socks reflecting the country's flag and the shirts are manufactured by Nike. The away shirt is sky blue with red, white and blue sleeves and features the new FFF crest on the chest. The nation currently have several household names in their roster including Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery, Patrice Evra, Loic Remy, Hugo Lloris and Samir Nasri.

World Cup Kits

France or 'Les Bleus' wear a blue home shirt which has most commonly seen white shorts and red socks added to it's display. This is the basis of their main nickname that being 'Tri-color'. Combining the best in performance innovation with insightful design details, the 2014 World Cup French home kit captures the innate style and national pride of France with a sophisticated look. The crest features a new design inspired by the 1958 crest and reflects players’ feedback of wanting to “feel the history of our country”. The cockerel-design has been enlarged, freed from its badge and given the space to again become the ultimate symbol of French national pride.

The “Marinière” design makes a return to the France 2014 World Cup away shirt displaying a subtle tonal grey mariner stripe. Inspired by the classic cockerel worn by the French team in 1958 the away kit has a new crest and it resembles national pride. Compact with a stand collar inside the back of the neck of the shirt features a small pennant featuring the red, white and blue colours of France’s tricolor flag.

Prominent to the adidas era were the three colours blue, red and white where the 2014 World Cup design uses a dark blue and white colouration. This is the first time France have not used red in their home kits.

One of France's best kits was the one used at the 1978 FIFA World Cup as it featured a unique retro design. The shirt had a round collar, tricolor stripes and a golden cockerel motif come together to form the most recognisable of all France's attire at the competition.

Another memorable kit was the home shirt used at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina in a match against Hungary. France managed to forget to bring their home kit and in thus they had to order a set of shirts at a nearby Argentina club. Hungary wore their away white shirt and France took the kits of Mar del Plata club Kimberley which featured a green and white striped display. The Kimberley kits brought them good luck as France managed to beat Hungary 3-1 and it was their only points in the competition.

Other notable shirts included the kit used by France at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Headlined by Zinedine Zidane the shirt featured a ribs pattern on the front panel topped off with adidas' signature stripes on the shoulders. Other key players of that tournament included Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Marcel Desailly and Thierry Henry.

Very little has changed with the France shirt in the past decades of football history. Only minor changes included the different coloured collars and sleeves and the exclusion of red for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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