Socceroos Release Strange World Cup Kit

The Socceroos have released their 2018 World Cup kit, with bizarre green waves ruining their traditional gold jersey.

The countdown to Russia continues, and after qualifying for the World Cup back in November, the Socceroos have finally unveiled their World Cup kits. Unfortunately, they’re very strange.

Now that we are a regular participant on the world’s biggest stage (despite a nervy qualification campaign to get to Russia), thousands of Socceroos fans can be easily spotted at every World Cup donning the iconic green and gold jersey, but this latest release appears to be anything but iconic.

The “traditional” gold kit features a bizarre, wavy green pattern covering both sleeves, previously unseen on any other nike jersey. It’s a strange kit, but the explanation for the wavy sleeves is even stranger.

More than 12 years ago, in the lead up to the Socceroos’ now famous 2005 qualifier against Uruguay (in which we clinched qualification to our first World Cup since 1974), striker Mark Viduka urged Aussie fans to make the game as intimidating as possible for their more fancied opponents.

According to an FFA spokesman, “The theme for the new kit was inspired by a comment by Mark Viduka, who wanted fans to create a 'sea of gold'. The single colour of shirt, shorts and socks is also in line with FIFA regulations."

The FFA claim that the design process began more than two years ago, and somehow, Viduka’s quite normal comment was bought back to life by some bigwig executive who has now managed to ruin our World Cup kit with messy green waves.

Thankfully, the away kit does not feature any waves, but the Socceroos have replaced blue with their traditional green for the second jersey.

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