Russia is the host country of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will be the 21st FIFA World Cup. This top football competition will be held in 12 stadiums located in 11 cities of Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It is the first World Cup held in Russia and Europe since the 2006 German World Cup. The logo of the 2018 World Cup was also unveiled in 2014. The draw took place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia on 1 December 2017. The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups. And the teams from the same confederation were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except for UEFA where each group contained up to two teams. Russia,Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia will meet at Group A.
With the forthcoming of the 2018 World Cup, players from the 32 qualified national teams train hard each day and try their best to prepare for the world-known competition. At the same time, a few sportswear brands, such as Adidas, Nike, PUMA and so on, have designed and manufactured the 2018 match jerseys for these excellent team players. Adidas is responsible for eight national teams including German, Spain, Argentina, Columbia, Japan, Belgium, Mexico and Russia. These match jerseys are designed to show respect for classic designs. They are all retro but modern.
There is a Russia home football shirt 2016 that is also designed by Adidas. The brand-new home shirt is made by the innovative adizero technology. Consequently, it becomes more comfortable and much lighter than previous shirts. Players who pull on it will run faster and more freely. In addition, breathable mesh fabric is used to keep athletes cool and dry when they are running.
The design theme of the 2016 home shirt is loyal to traditional values of Russian football and takes inspiration from human’s conflicting ideas that are elegance and aggressiveness, intuition and pragmatism, loyalty to the past and effort for the future. This new shirt strives to maintain a balance of these conflicting ideas.
The wine red home shirt is noble and exquisite, showing entirely the Russian tradition and history.
Several gold elements are shown on the shirt. Russia national emblem and a double-headed eagle are indispensable elements and are embroidered on the chest. The eagle not only symbolizes the Russian culture and history but also represents courage, unity and freedom of Russians. What’s more, gold Adidas three stripes, symbolizing victory, are placed on both sides of the shirt rather than shoulders this time.
Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin is a Russian professional footballer who serves as the captain of Russia national team. He began his football career at Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2000. He helped the team win numerous trophies such as the Russian Premier League, League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Arshavin was awarded the Russian Footballer of the Year.
The good performance allowed Arshavin to sign an English Premier League club Arsenal during the 2008–09 winter transfer window and he became the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history at the time. However, Arshavin finally rejoined Zenit. At present, he is playing for Kazakhstan Premier League club Kairat.