World Cup qualifiers for every tournament except one since their third place finish at France 1998, Croatia are pooled with Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland at Russia 2018.
The Croats debuted their dark blue 2018 World Cup Nike away kit in a 2-0 loss to Peru at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Friday night. The has been released with the latest incarnation their distinctive checkered home shirt. Both with be available at World Soccer Shop, UK Soccer Shop, Lovell Soccer, Pro:Direct Soccer, Subside Sports and Kitbag.
According to Nike the kits highlight Croatia’s most famous visual asset and reminds of the football team’s position as a regular dark horse on the world stage.
Within the collection, the checks on the home and away kits are big and embody the intense pride that this still relatively young nation exudes. “The checks are probably two or three times bigger than they have been in the past,” says Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director. “This is a real statement. It is about being bold and beautiful. These oversize in-your-face checks represent a true depth of pride.”
While the home kit retains its tradition of vibrant red, the new away kit delivers the check in black and midnight squares. “With a new color scheme, the second shirt is something different. I am sure my teammates and the fans will love it. It looks daring, confident and tough; characteristics that also describes the spirit of our team,” says Croatia’s captain, Luka Modrić.
Croatia return to action against Mexico on Tuesday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX.