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VIDEO: From Tiny Shorts to Loose-Fitting Shirts: The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Kits

18:04 GMT+3 18/06/2018
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The World Cup has overseen a smorgasbord of kit trends, patterns and fads over the years, and Russia will be no different

At the World Cup, nothing stands still, not least the kits worn by those competing in the biggest show on earth.

The 1970's saw football's superstars wearing tiny shorts and cotton shirts, with Germany, Brazil and Argentina achieving glory in heavier kits than the ones sported in the modern age.

It didn't take long for designers to develop kits that would enhance players' ability to flourish on the sport's grandest stage.

The evolution of World Cup kits

From the tiny shorts in the 1970s to the shrunken shirts of recent times, World Cup kits have evolved remarkably over the years

Posted by on Monday, 18 June 2018

In the 1980's and 1990's, manufacturers started to make kits that were more comfortable for players to wear, with artificial polyester fabric replacing cotton as the material of choice for the likes of Mexico, Poland and Nigeria.

The 2000's saw loose-fitting shirts emerge as the new trend, with Argentina and France sporting more liberating, breathable jerseys.

But a more shrunken look has reigned supreme in the 2010's, with recyclable materials used in the making of recent kits.

World Cup kits have evolved throughout the years. Which ones will be remembered from the extravaganza in Russia?