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With the Copa America only a few months away, adidas have revealed brand new kits for some of South America’s big hitters. Argentina and Colombia’s home shirts have both been given the full redesign treatment ready for the June’s big kick-off in Brazil, and they’re absolute stunners.
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Let’s start with Argentina. Dybala and co will take to the pitch in a casually styled crew-neck number that evokes memories of various kits of the past. The neckline, for example, immediately reminds us of the famous 1986 World Cup shirt, while the gradient fade on the blue stripes is similar to the 2004-05 kit Messi wore when he led Argentina to victory at the U20 World Youth Championship. It’s looking increasingly likely that the little magician will return to the international fold in the summer following his national team hiatus, which is great news for football fans everywhere.

Look closer at the vertical stripes and you’ll see that they’re actually made up of horizontal lines stacked up on top of one another. This looks to be one of adi’s chief styling choices for this year, with the same approach being used for the Germany Women’s World Cup shirt. It’s a nice modern touch; a nod to the digital age. The three-stripes on the shoulders, meanwhile, are furnished in the same sky blue as the main stripes on the front, while the sleeve cuffs and collar are a darker blue. There’s no doubt adidas are targeting the lifestyle market in addition to creating a high-performance shirt here, and they’ve nailed it – we can see this design being a hit with style-conscious fans all over the world.

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Colombia head into this summer’s tournament on the back of some solid results in friendlies – wins against Venezuela, USA, and Costa Rica, along with a draw against Argentina – and their shirt reflects that confident mood. It’s another retro-inspired design, with the full front of the shirt taken over by a lively geometric pattern that looks like the product of a degree-level maths equation. However it was generated, we like to imagine the peaks and troughs represent the mountains and valleys of Colombia’s west coast.

Colombia’s kits have frequently been used as something of a testing ground for slightly out-there designs in the past, and that’s clearly a trend adidas are continuing with this year’s Copa America shirt. The pattern’s vastly different to anything else in the international game at the moment, and Colombia’s colours of yellow, blue, and red allow further experimentation. This time round adidas have gone for a slightly more subtle shade of yellow, and red takes a backseat to blue when it comes to accents. Partnered with a V-neck collar, this is another design that’s sure to be popular with the streetwear crowd.

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Are you ready for the festival of football that is the Copa America? Get in carnival mode with the Argentina 2019 Home Shirt and Colombia 2019 Home Shirt by adidas, available now at prodirectsoccer.com
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