In a shock to no one, Adidas decided to give us a green jersey for the upcoming World Cup. It will also be the first jersey to feature the new crest. The old crest will always hold a special place in my heart but the new one has grown on me since it was announced. As it with all their World Cup kits, Adidas is using their new logo as well. So, there’s a lot going on in this kit. How did it turn out?
I want to give a big thanks to @AdidasLA and @AdidasFootball for sending the kit my way to take a look at it. The presentation was dope and I will definitely be keeping that box. Maybe I can store my cards of Mexican players in it…..
Back to the jersey, I was sent me the “fan version” and it does have slight differences between the Authentic Version. The biggest difference is the material used and that’s why the authentic goes for about $60 more. It features more performance based materials than the fan version does.
While I agree with the idea that it is hard to mess up a green Mexico kit, Adidas did a good job making this one standout. It does not feel like they slapped some verde on an Adidas template and called it a day. Many might think that’s a low bar to begin with but Puma did just that last year for their clubs and national teams. Fans were not happy to see many teams at the Euros basically wearing the same kits other than the color.
The design that permeates throughout the kit is mean to portray Quetzalcóatl’s feathers. It does not full go around the entire kit but stays mostly on the front with the back just seeing the “edges” of the feathers. The fan version lacks those “edges” and has a mostly empty back. The kit also features the head of Quetzalcóatl on it but the location will depend on which version you buy: it will be on the inside of the collar for authentic and on outside for the fan version.
Adidas had a couple options for the stripes: red, white, black and even a different shade of green. I am really glad the direction they took by using a bold bright red. The same shade of red can be found on Quetzalcóatl’s design and in the piping used on the jersey. I think it’s a great contrast with all the green and might be the reason why I love the long sleeve version of the jersey so much.
Adidas carries the 3 stripes from the shoulders down to the forearms. The added red just makes the jersey pop for me. It does a good job of keeping it a green kit but still incorporating other colors of the flag. Long sleeve versions of kits are not always a guaranteed and even if they are made, they are sometimes very hard to find in stores. Adidas is selling the LS version for $100 on their website. As someone who lives in the Midwest, the added sleeves are always nice to have during our never ending winters.
With a new jersey, comes a new font. I was not a fan of the font used the last couple of years and am excited to see a new one take its place. The numbers are easier to read, no more trying to decide if its a 4 or 9. The numbers/letter are less angular and just look better to me.
Overall, I am a fan of the design, the new fonts, and the long sleeve availability. As I said earlier, the crest has grown on me in the months since it was announced. I understand the reasons for the change but I hope they keep the old one for merch in the future. My main criticism of Adidas the last 2 cycles has been the removal of a green kit in between World Cups. Mexico sells a lot of jerseys for them and should just get a 3rd kit instead of removing La Verde from their kit rotation. Mexico fans should be happy about this release and I think it will rate well when compared to other World Cup kits. El Tri is a big brand and I hope Adidas starts treating them as such. As we get closer to 2026, I think they will.