Here's All The Beautiful Gear You Wish You Got Over The Holidays
Grandma’s annual offering of winter gloves and flannel pajamas was as graciously received as ever — you were suffering in this record cold snap — but there’s still much to be desired heading into the new year. It is, after all, a World Cup year, and you have to be properly prepared to support and celebrate the beautiful game all summer long.
If you got any extra coin over the holidays and were told to “treat yo self,” go through with that promise, and feel free to use our guide for inspiration.
Here are the 18 best gifts you can treat yourself to in 2018:
Below are the items that made the list. Scroll down to check out the pictures, details and more.
Get outfitted now and show your colors with the official, retro-inspired Mexico World Cup jersey by adidas. The graphic on the green jersey is inspired by El Tri’s legendary 1994 World Cup uniform, and “Soy Mexico” is printed on the upper back of Chucky's favorite threads.
Mexico has been knocked out at the Round of 16 stage in six-straight tournaments. Is this the year they break the curse?
When nations like Mexico, Germany and Argentina emerge from the tunnel in Russia and lineup for the playing of the national anthems next summer, they’ll do so wearing these badass pieces of finery: twill walk-out jackets from adidas. The full zips with fold down collars are all black like The Omen with monochrome federation badges.
The Mexico jacket is showcased here, but you can also go with your choice of Argentina, Colombia, Germany or Russia.
From a fan’s perspective, it’s a nice coincidence that the world’s most exciting player wears the world’s best national team jersey. La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue) feature a simple but iconic look that’ll pay tribute to their victorious 1993 Copa America side this summer.
And there’s just no greater sight than that of the #10 on those famous vertical stripes, the number worn by Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme and now the wizard Messi.
The adidas Telstar 18, the official match ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. If you’re looking to reenact the dramatics of next summer’s event or to recreate the moves and skills of the protagonists in your backyard, this football is an absolute necessity.
The ball is a throwback to the original Telstar, which featured at the 1970 World Cup. Looking for a review? How’s this for a recommendation: “I was lucky enough to get to know this ball a bit earlier and I managed to have a try with it,” Lionel Messi told FIFA. “I like all of it: the new design, the colors, everything.”
So the U.S. didn’t make the World Cup, and whether you’re still angry or just disappointed, one player who deservedly escapes criticism is the 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, Christian Pulisic. The 19-year-old led all scorers in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying with five goals, and he’s in the midst of his finest season yet with Borrusia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
The native of Hershey, Pennsylvania is a consistent starter for one of Germany’s biggest clubs, and he’s only getting better. 2022 . . . we’re coming!
20 years ago, Ronaldo “O Fenômeno” ("The Phenomenon") was on top of the footballing world having dominated in Europe with both Barcelona and Inter Milan before scoring four goals and adding three assists to help Brazil to the final of the 1998 World Cup. Every playground footballer wanted to be Ronaldo, and purchasing the Nike Mercurial Superfly II boots was really as close as you could get to replicating a single part of his game.
We’ve now come full circle with Neymar dominating Europe at both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain while transforming Brazil back into the feared power of old. It’s only fitting that — with the Mercurial Superfly II and Mercurial R9s as inspiration — Neymar should receive his own slick Mercurial boot with homage paid to the Phenomenon.
Here’s an old standby that’ll turn into your one true traveling companion. The adidas Tiro pants are perfect pre-match, post-practice, while lounging about the house, while going out in public, etc. They’re the soccer player's fashion solution to any moment in time, really. Comfort meets performance in a pair of warmups that’ll become more dear to you than anything else you own.
When players like Gareth Bale, Arjen Robben, Luis Suarez and Olivier Giroud swear by a brand of socks and risk the wrath of their sponsors by cutting off the feet of their team socks and pulling TRUSOX on underneath, you know there must be something beneficial going on.
Founded by former professional footballer Jim Cerneski and put on the market in 2011, the socks promise firmer footing by stopping your feet from slipping within your shoes, and the growth of the company from $70,000 in sales in 2012 to $3.2 million in 2015 shows their promise is no lie.
Here it is, the official adidas Germany 2018 World Cup Home Jersey. This is the kit Die Mannschaft will be wearing in Russia while they defend their 2014 title. You can't go wrong wearing the shirt of the four-time world champions, especially with the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil sporting the same threads.
Germany's the current purveyors of how the game's supposed to be played — beautifully.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, we all love playing the part of the historian. With this 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Wall Chart, you can record all the action, including scores, group standings and developing knockout round fixtures, all the way up to the final on July 15 in Moscow.
If you’re the crafty type, filling this wall adornment out daily will give you a sudden charge of endorphins while also keeping you on top of all the action.
Encompassing the Amazon rainforest, both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines and boasting the wondrous cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena (to name just a few), Colombia is an easy country to love. If you’re looking for a side to support in Russia, Colombia — ranked 13th in the world — would be a wise choice.
The darlings of the 2014 World Cup will be a force next summer with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez leading Los Cafeteros. James will be hard-pressed to match his 2014 heroics, when he won the tournament’s Golden Boot and Goal of the Tournament awards while being named to its All-Star Team, but the electric 26-year-old has proven himself to be among the world’s greatest.
No one player has caused such a unique stir at World Cups as Uruguay's Luis Suarez. In 2010, his three goals fired La Celeste to the Round of 16, where he infamously blocked a Ghanian shot on the goal line and preserved Uruguay’s path to the semifinals at his own expense.
Then, in 2014, Suarez was banned for nine games after biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini — this after scoring a brace against England in the previous match. The Barcelona striker has certainly matured since then, and now, aged 30, it'll likely be his last shot at international glory.
Own up to it, you need a new pair of soccer shorts for next summer. In the scorching heat of June and July, what better than a pair of white, ClimaLite-tech shorts to combat the muggy weather? Add the essential 3-stripes in green trim and the glorious Mexican federation crest and welcome the warm weather.
Footie and ball caps don't always work hand in hand, we'll be the first to admit that. But here's a rare exception to the norm: this FC Barca fitted is clean. Featuring most prominently on the hat is the crest, which symbolizes the club's connection to its city (Barcelona) and country (Catalonia) and is representative of the slogan "Més que un club." (English: "More than a club")
Planning on attending some viewing parties over the summer? Of course you are, it's the World Cup. If you're out on a patio or rooftop bar, you're going to need a hat.
Here’s one for the sensible fan. Maybe you exceeded your financial limits over the holiday period; maybe you had a Scrooge-like vision and the resulting visit of the three Ghost of Christmas, thus causing you to donate almost all your money to charity. Regardless, this is an inexpensive way to show your support over the winter and spring and through the World Cup.
It’s a scarf, but not just any scarf. It’s a scarf that shows who you support.
It’s the return of the legend. Not just any legend — THE legend. The legend that encapsulates David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Steven Gerrard and now Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil: it’s the Predator.
The iconic black/white/solar red silhouette returns alongside the latest in cleat technology. You get kind of teary eyed just looking at it. A pair of these boots will serve you for the next decade, just like the last ones.
Did you look at the previous 17 items and think, “Oh geez. I just can’t even. I just can’t.”
This SOCCER.com gift card can be instantaneously emailed to that special someone so that they can do the online shopping themselves. You choose how much you want to send, they become as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce.