How Nigerian World Cup Jerseys Have Evolved Since 1994
W e’re still celebrating the Nigerian Super Eagles win that took home the qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Last year, Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
On June 14, 2018, the 21st FIFA World Cup kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, televised for the world to see! Will you be watching? If so, you won’t be able to look past the team’s eye-catching new kits and jerseys for this year, and who could blame you? They’ve always looked stylish on the field.
Check out how Nigeria’s World Cup jerseys have evolved since 1994 until now:
USA 1994 World Cup
Upholding an unspoken mantra, to love thy self and accept others as just the way that they are, spoke volumes to the masses that looked on with curiosity as majestic creatures gallivanted through the concrete courtyards adorning tribal body paint, sacred hair crowns, and vibrant authentic threads without any explanation. Side glances were met with smiles and stares were broken by friendly waves, the 2-Day festival brought out the unwavering, the confident and the outspoken, the unapologetic, the unique.
1994 was the year the Eagles’ kicked off the start of their revolutionary uniforms. Colored in nature green and trimmed in white that resembled their country's flag, their kits represented Nigeria's natural wealth of strength, talent, land and peace. A black round collar and patterned tall trim socks completed this kit seamlessly.
France 1998 World Cup
A designer rendition of their original team kit, at the 1998 World Cup in France, the Eagles up’d their look with Nike produced uniforms with an all green ensemble that featured a white line running from the neck of the shirt to the side of the short. Still paying homage to their native flag, the team adopted a more retro look for the 1998 World Cup.
Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup
Going lighter into a more mint green, the 2002 World Cup saw a surprisingly new color on color effect with the unveiling of the Nigerian Super Eagles' new shade of green. Produced by Nike, this kit introduced a wide spread collar, loose boxer-like shorts and simple white trimming to the team.
South Africa 2010 World Cup
Ultra-modern and a vast difference from the 2002 kit, the 2010 World Cup of South Africa featured the Super Eagles in forest green with triple shoulder and short stripes in all white, a simple crew neck collar and was designed by Adidas.
Germany 2014 World Cup
Nigeria's 2014 World Cup appearance in Germany featured their team in a magnetic contrasted green. Sticking with their traditional color scheme, the kit was trimmed in white and also revisited the wide spread collar. Designed by Adidas, this uniform certainly stood out on the field.
Russia 2018 World Cup
Coming back full circle to the brand they started with, the Nigerian Super Eagles teamed up with Nike to break out their latest kit. Super edgy and super unique, the Naija collection, is much more than a traditional patriotic kit. Nike's design directors researched and found a common upbeat energy and attitude about the country and amongst players known as Naija. Naija bleeds Nigerian culture from sport, to music, and fashion. From the contorted zig-zag prints to the incorporation of all the former uniform colors bundled into one, Nike made the 2018 World Cup kits something Nigerians and people around the world can wear year after year with pride.
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