Assuming, of course, Russia defeats Slovenia on 14 and 18 November 2009. That said, these new kits will still be used and, if they make it to South Africa, they will be the primary kits. So, without further ado…
Where to begin. Let’s start with the absolutely phenomenal socks. Red socks with white horizontal stripes. Amazing. Wonderful. Fantastic. I love everything about them. The shorts are simple, which is good because the shirt is very busy, mostly with adidas’s 3 stripes logo thingy all over the place. On the shoulders, I can live with. On the forearms, not so much. I do, however, like the little details on the front.
Here’s a closer look:
The Russian Football Federation’s crest is very imperialistic. I like it, though I think everyone in Eastern Europe just woke up in a cold sweat. But I also like subtle dragon-ish design across the chest. Not to mention the reasonably unique white bars across the top and bottom. I like that they’re Russian-ized, for lack of a better term, rather than either (a) three little stripes [like you wouldn’t put it past adidas] or (b) a solid stripe. Of course, Churchill is likely screaming from beyond the grave about a new Iron Curtain.
Overall, this is a great kit. I’m really hoping this is going to bring back some individuality to soccer kits rather than the mass-produced sameness that’s permeated the game for the last 5 years or so (I blame both Nike and adidas; at least Umbro keeps making the England kit somewhat unique).