World Cup jerseys get mixed reviews ahead of Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia showdown
A new batch of kits have emerged ahead of the upcoming World Cup game between the winners of Group G, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The official World Cup logo has been left alone, while the Qatar home uniforms have been revamped, and the Saudi Arabia jerseys in the new format have received alterations along the way.
Here’s what we know about the latest kits ahead of the World Cup showdown between the two Asian teams.
The official FIFA World Cup logo has been left alone.
In a press conference after the unveiling of the new kits, head of communications for the Qatar Football Association, Hassan bin Salem, told media that the official logo has been left alone, while the Qatar home uniforms have been revamped, and the Saudi Arabia jerseys have been redesigned in line with the new format.
“There is no news about adding on top of the logo. The logo is unchanged,” he said.
The Qatar home jerseys have been revamped.
In addition, there are a new version of the Qatar strip, with ‘Tiket’ written on the shoulders instead of ‘ Qatar’ in place of the traditional ‘Tiket’. There’s also a new version of the official crest with a QR code, which is said to be inspired by the emblem that Qatar fans will be shown in the opening ceremonies.
The Saudi Arabia home jerseys have been redesigned in line with the new format.
“In the opening ceremony, there will be a QR code on top of the Saudi Arabia flag. We will put that on the Saudi Arabia’s jersey for the first time in the World Cup,” Salem said.
While the Qatari kit is an updated version of the previous set released a couple of years ago, the Saudi Arabia kit in the new format is a complete overhaul. The new kit includes many minor tweaks, such as the change in the crest and the addition of the Qatari badge in front of the red star.
The official kit for the World Cup.
“It’s an entirely new set of materials. The design, the colors and the materials are totally different,” Salem said.