Portugal and France battled each other in the 2016 UEFA European Championship final and both European giants have now unveiled their new Nike 2018 FIFA World Cup kits.
Click through the gallery to see France and Portugal’s new home and away strips for the World Cup.
Portugal will travel to Russia as the kings of Europe and have in Cristiano Ronaldo one of the best players of the current generation. As consequence Nike created a kit to symbolize their recent success.
“The collection is inspired by the success of two years ago,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director.
“That comes through in the home kit with this concept of modern royalty. From Luis Figo to Cristiano, Portugal have a number of iconic characters who have led and united the squad.”
“Ronaldo is a Portuguese hero,” adds Hoppins. “We wanted to tell the story of the modern king of football leading this new team.”
France, meanwhile, missed out on the EURO title, but are once again among the favourite in Russia. Their new kit draws inspiration from the country’s cultural diversion and national pride.
“The way the French express patriotism is through the flag and we wanted to celebrate how the bleu, blanc and rouge brings people together,” explains Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director.
“The articulation of the flag is filtered through another element of French convention: famously elegant style. On the home kit, which recreates the tricolor from head to toe, a sophisticated placket collar carries a button embossed with the national motto, ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.’ For Hoppins, the combination of color and tailoring forms a ‘lethal elegance’ befitting the current squad.”
Click through the gallery to see images of both France and Portugal’s new Nike home and away kits for the World Cup and let us know in the comments section, which you like best.