Every four years, the World Cup gives each participating country a clean slate to produce a set of kits that their team will compete with for the duration of the tournament. Fans revel in the opportunity to celebrate and support their team and one of the most common ways for them to do that is by donning the current jersey. The powerhouse World Cup teams, like Argentina, Brazil and Spain, will be among the most popular jersey options during the summer, and the jersey for the winning team will enjoy a prolonged shelf life.
As the anticipation builds for the World Cup, everything is put under the microscope. The scrutiny even extends to the specifics kits to be worn by each team for the championship tournament. Some teams opt for a small update to a classic design, while other teams go for a more drastic change. While all the designs are not home runs, the patriotism-factor can overcome that and usually does.
Each of the 32 teams has both a "home" and "away" jersey depending on how they are designated for each match. A few squads, including the host country, Brazil, have a third version. Therefore, fans have several options when it comes to making a purchase. In addition to the various kits, there are also jersey tiers among the retail choices that are available for purchase. Outside of the basic replica jerseys, Authentic jerseys feature a performance cut, bonded crest and upgraded materials for a lighter weight.
Since all of the countries control their own sponsorship deals, a variety of brands populate the list. However, the most common brands include Nike, Adidas and Puma. Fans not wanting to spend $80+ on a jersey are in luck, as team t-shirts present an appealing budget option.
The full lineup of World Cup jerseys can be viewed below. The "home" version is shown on the left and the "away" version is on the right. The actual versions worn by players will include names and jersey numbers and customized versions are available for purchase as well.
Complete 2014 World Cup Visual Jersey Guide
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