With the upcoming 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup, Nike and the French Football Federation (FFF) jointly launched the new home and away jerseys for France national team in March 2018. Players of “Les Bleus(Blue)”, the nickname of the national squad, will put on the brand new football shirts to play games in Russia. The combination of elegance and innovation brings a new look to the team and shows the team’s elegant playing style.
In France, the national team represents an important existence and its nickname “Les Bleus” also reflects a vivid French character. It is the team that combines tradition and vitality.
A few people, wearing the newly released France national shirts, took a publicity photo, including France national team players( Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembelé, Samuel Umtiti and Sakina Karchaoui), designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, singer Niska and actress Oulaya Amamra. The photo shows a new character of France national team—simple, united and limitless.
The design of shirts for France national team upholds cultural diversity and continues the tradition of the team. Pete Hoppins, senior design director of Nike’s football apparel, said: “Frenchmen express their patriotic sentiments through the national flag. We hope to show blue, white, and red in football shirts and hope the colors can bring people together. ”
The away shirt 2018 is predominately white with blue and red short lines. There is a three-colored stripe at the back of the collar and a slogan ““Nos Differences Nous Unissent(Our differences unite us)” is printed inside of the collar to promote the diversity of culture. Redesigned player’s name and number printed on the shirt aims to pay tribute to French architecture.
The team badge on the chest is much lighter than former one, and is the most breathable team logo. Shorts remove the outer seams, reducing friction and increasing the freedom of movement.
Most noticeably, the latest Vaporknit fabric and mesh holes ensure players in motion become cool and dry.
On 28 March 2018, France national team played a warm-up game against Russia national team. Player Paul Pogba performed well and helped France win the game.
Born on 15 March 1993, Paul Pogba is a professional French midfielder who plays for Premier League club Manchester United and France national team. The excellent player helped Man Utd get the titles of EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League in the 2016-17 season. He also gets a few individual awards, including FIFA U-20 World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Boy in 2013, FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award and Bravo Award in 2014.
Although Pogba is an outstanding footballer, there is the contradiction between him and Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho who doesn’t think Pogba respect him enough. Therefore, the young player doesn’t have opportunities to play games for a long time. Fortunately, Pogba can play games for France national team recently and looks happy. It is not easy for him to behave happily when he can’t play or perform poorly for the club.
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