Everyone can remember the roar of trumpeting vuvuzela’s when Tshabala’s opening goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup bellowed throughout the nation. The stampeding echo is now only a distant noise left in the past as we look towards the future. Brazil, the only country to have featured in every World Cup, 2014 is looming ever so close and no one could be more excited than I am. The atmosphere the coveted tournament surrounds the world in has grown greater. Grown stronger. Grown into a phenomenon so big anyone stupid enough to miss it is, well, that stupid. The opening match in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June land marks the 20th FIFA World Cup since its inaugural debut in Uruguay, 1930. Almost a century on and the game is still the same old game filled with goals and tackles, celebrations and upsets, wonderment and controversy. But what has changed is the way it has been played. These days’ players are quicker, stronger, more skillful and talented then ever before. More and more countries have been added to the roster and are producing new and improved youngsters like machines on the factory line. With the likes of Lionel Messi – Argentina’s little maestro – Ronaldo – Portugal’s powerhouse superstar – Toni Kroos – Germany’s unstoppable freight train – and Brazil’s very own Neymar – rising young star – the stage has been set.
Although, being the patriot I am, South Africa has again disappointed us to not feature this time around. The last World Cup was just a lucky break because we were host nation. Although to not see the bright yellow shirt with green trimming of our Bafana boys on the field does make me sad I still find it very Bafunny that they were not my favorites anyways. Everyone holds a favorite team close to their hearts, I am gunning for Spain to clinch their second in a row, and what makes a supporter real and true is by the colors they wear on their backs come match day. This years line up of the countries kits looks fresh, new age and streamline.
Adidas Germany Home 2014
It’s an indisputable soccer fact: No national team has scored more goals or won more matches during the tournament’s history than Germany. The team is one of the most successful on the planet, and that tradition of excellence will be on full display at Brazil 2014. A replica of the home team kit, this men’s soccer jersey has climacool® ventilation to help you stay cool and dry as Die Mannschaft lights up the pitch. R699 at prosoccer.co.za
Nike England Home 2013/2014
The 2013/14 England Replica Men’s Football Shirt is made with sweat-wicking mesh fabric for breathable comfort during play. This fabric is a Dri-FIT product. Featuring a team crest on the left chest, this home shirt celebrates the Three Lions with pride even though England have not been able to perform at a high standard for many World Cups prior. R699 at prosoccer.co.za
Nike France Home 2014 Jersey
The 2013/14 FFF Stadium Men’s Soccer Jersey is made with recycled Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable. It has a fold-over collar and bonded button placket for a modern look and feel. Featuring a team crest on the left chest, this replica home shirt proudly celebrates Les Bleus. R699 at prosoccer.co.za
Adidas Argentina Home 2014 Jersey
The Adidas Argentina home shirt will be worn at the world cup in Brazil 2014. It has the ventilated climacool® technology that keeps you cool and dry. A ribbed V-neck, mesh ventilation insert on the back shoulders and displays the colours of the countries flag proudly. R699 at proscoccer.co.za
Best For Last:
Nike Brazil Home Kit 2014
Brazil, host nation, sporting a new look home kit with Nike. The Brazil shirt is Nike’s top-selling international jersey. Simple but powerful Brazil look to conquer the World Cup for a sixth time to earn them another star upon their chests. Coming soon to prosoccer.co.za
Seems like I wont be missing that yellow, trimmed with green after all. I can feel the Samba jiving in my veins. I can see the colors clash in my mind. I can hear the drums thumping in my heart. Me, you, the world together “ALL IN ONE RHYTHM”. But which color are you?