Russia was awarded the hosting rights of 2018 FIFA World Cup on 2 December 2010, which will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany. As the host country, Russia is currently ranked 65th in the world according to the latest data from FIFA.
Russia national team is one of mighty national teams in Europe. Russia (the Soviet Union) has been qualified for the World Cup ten times and made the last eight of the World Cup three times. In addition, the squad has participated in 15 European Football Championships since the competition was first held in France. It is the first national team to get the title of European Football Championship. It won the championships twice in 1956 and 1988 Olympic Games.
This successful team owns a few outstanding footballers and the most famous one is Lev Yashin. In 1994, FIFA set up the Yashin Award in recognition of the best goalkeeper in the World Cup and in memory of the legendary footballer as well. Lev Yashin was nicknamed “Black Spider” or “Black Panther” because of athleticism, bravery and acrobatic reflexes. He is the only goalkeeper who has got the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in 1963. Yashin was voted the best goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS.
In 2017, Russia hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup, which was of great importance for this country. Therefore, Russia Football Association(RFS), together with their supplier Adidas, jointly unveiled the home shirt for this strong team so as to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
This retro home jersey was inspired by an iconic 1980s Adidas USSR shirt, which continued the tradition of Russian football. It is predominately red with eye-catching white elements. The shirt features a white collar and white cuffs. Besides, white Adidas three stripes are placed on shoulders, symbolizing victory. The team badge and brand logo are printed on the chest. Most noticeably, the zigzag pattern in scarlet is shown on the front while its back is all red.
The new shorts and socks are also red, completing the home kit.
Adidas breathable ClimaCool technology is used for moisture control leaving players cool and dry. What’s more, the home shirt is made from recycled polyester, ensuring the lightweight shirt and reducing the impact on the environment at the same time. Products of Adidas are made in more sustainable ways to make the world better. The material has played a major role in environmental protection.
“The new shirt for Russia national team emphasizes the connection among different players. It can bring a strong energy for players to encourage them to play confidently at football fields.” said Stanislav Cherchesov, the head coach of Russia national team and a former professional goalkeeper. Cherchesov played for Russia at the 1994 and 2002 World Cups and Euro 96. He made 39 appearances for his country. Additionally, he got the award of USSR’s Best Goalkeeper in 1989 and 1990 and Russia’s Best Goalkeeper in 1992. In August 2016, Cherchesov was appointed as the new head coach of Russia on a two-year contract with a target of reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.