World Cup kit history

France Kit: Through the years

December 4, 2013
By Chris Atkins

Design: Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, France have unveiled a navy blue shirt with a white button-up collar and embroidered French Football Federation logo. With white shorts and red socks completing the makeup of the “tricolor”, it is a smooth design that exudes elegance and sophistication. The shirt is a nod to the country's football history, including the 1958-inspired badge, and has been executed in exquisite fashion.

Short History: While the kit of the last couple of years has been all blue, France have never played at a World Cup in anything other than blue shirt, white shorts and red socks. The current shirt, though, will be the first at a World Cup for many years not to feature prominent red trim -- a feature of the Adidas era. While the current design is not dissimilar to that used at the World Cups of 1958 and '62, the intervening period say the tricolor colour scheme take pride of place on the team's shirt -- often as stripes on the arm or, in 1998, across the chest panel. Nike, though, look set to take the kit back to its uncomplicated roots in Brazil next summer.

The greatest kit: It was far from their most successful competition, but the kit used by Les Bleus at the 1978 World Cup continues to sell in great number as a “retro” design. A simple white rounded colour, tricolor stripes down the arms and a golden FFF cockerel motif come together to form the most recognisable of all France's attire at the competition.

Kits through the years:



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