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Russia 2018 Shirts



The Russians play their home games in white shirts, shorts and socks. Since the breakup of the USSR, Russian football has struggled to reach the level that the USSR team had during the Communist era, the shirt has featured however in two World Cups 1994 and 2002 and two European Championships 1996 and 2004, but they've failed to get out of the first round each time.

The Russian national team played their first match against Finland in Stockholm, Sweden on the 30th June 1912 losing 2-1. Russia play their home games in the Dinamo Stadion.

Russia have had several home strips before with a white shirt their first ever in 1992 then in 2006 they changed to red and that has remained since.

Russia football team play in the UEFA confederation and have become one of the strongest sides in Eastern Europe in the past decade as the current roster boasts world class players including Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Igor Akinfeev, Alan Dzagoev and Vladimir Bystrov. Russia wear an all red home shirt with a blue and white diagonal band across the chest representing the country's national flag and their away shirt is the same but in a white colour and are manufactured by adidas.

World Cup Kits

The 2014 World Cup will be Russia's third appearance at a World Cup competition. No longer are the days of the Soviet Union and their trademark red coloured kit. The 2014 World Cup home kit is in the recently-traditional all red, this time with two main shades, with gold details and Russian flags on the sleeves and on the upper back. The 3D watermark is the Monument to the Conquerors of Space which houses the Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow which is a nod to Russia’s proud history in space exploration. adidas’s 2014 “trademark” of a horizontal stripe across the back is present, again in gold.

The design of the 2014 World Cup away kit as well as the design of the home kit was also inspired by the achievements of the Soviet astronauts in the 1960s where the Russia home kit was unveiled in November 2013. The new kit embraces the pride of the Russian fans for their team, which will be supported by the whole country at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Russia used white as the primary colour for the 1994 and 2002 World Cups. In USA a white shirt with blue and red detailing was paired with blue shorts and red socks. Eight years later white shorts and white socks were preferred with blue trim throughout.

A red home kit was first seen in qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, although it had previously been the preferred colour of the Soviet Union side and has remained ever since.

Arguably Russia's greatest kits was the shirt used at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States. It was a white shirt supplied by Reebok and it featured red and blue shades on the shoulders offering a never seen before design for the Russians.

A two tone dark red design with gold detailing will be Russia's contribution to the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament, with adidas also veering away from the simplicity of many 2014 kits to give a watermark of Moscow's Monument to the Conquerors of Space appearing on the front.

The Earth Scientific Monitoring Centre took part in the developing process of the away kit and delivered unique pictures of Earth, taken from the Russian space satellite ‘Electro-L’ #1, to adidas. The outline of the Earth was modified and placed on the t-shirt, now it looks like a light blue semicircle. According to the idea of adidas designers, this image shows same perspective from which Yuri Gagarin who was the first man in space saw Earth in 1961.

In terms of away kits Russia have mainly used a variation of white, red and royal blue. In recent times an all white display has been preferred while in the 90's the away shirts were most varied but that period commonly saw a royal blue away shirt.

Interchanging from red and white Russia have used three main kit suppliers in their history as a football nation. The 80's and early 90's saw German brand adidas supply their kits then Reebok in the late 90's, Nike in the late 90's and early 00's and then back to adidas in 2009.

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