We're about seven months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the field of competition is still being set. But while national teams continue to battle for a spot in the biggest football tournament in the world, fans are starting to get a look at what their heroes will wear on the pitch.
Earlier this week, adidas unveiled the World Cup uniforms sets for NUMBER countries: Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. According to adidas, the uniforms were designed by talking to young people and next-generations players and asked them what it was about their countries that made them proud. Designers incorporated some of the responses (like Russia's Cold War-era cosmonaut program and the art of Mexico) into the kits. But there's more going on in the jerseys than just national pride. They were made using adidas' adizero technology, which gives players a better fit and makes the jerseys the lightest the company has ever made.
Let's take a closer look at the uniforms. (That's Messi and Lavezzi hanging out in their WC kits at the top of this post. The jerseys represent the half-and-half Argentinean flag, which is a symbol of the country's independence.)
Japan and Colombia
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For more World Cup coverage, check out SI Kids' Guide to the 2014 World Cup!
Photos courtesy adidas