Russia has played in 3 FIFA World Cups since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. The Sbornaya qualified for the 1994, 2002, and 2014 World Cups and will host the 2018 tournament.
After years of wearing a red home jersey, new technical sponsor Reebok opted to highlight the white and blue of the new flag of Russia in the jerseys worn at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. In keeping with the tradition of the early 1990’s, they were over-the-top with a bold geometric pattern.
The white jersey featured 3 red/blue checkboard panels over the shoulders and on the sleeves. This checkerboard detail was also used to create a faux fold down collar. The Russian Football Union’s (RFS) crest was over the heart and the player number was over the right chest. Reebok’s logo was below the front of the collar.
The away jersey was blue with the checkboard panels in red/white.
Russia switched to Nike as their technical sponsor for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan/South Korea. The home jersey was once again white with blue detailing. The only hint of red was on the Nike swoosh on the right chest. The blue details were under the arms and down the side of the jersey. A blue line then continued under the number on the back of the jersey.
The away jersey was blue with white detailing similar to the home jersey.
Russia donned a red home jersey for the first time at a World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. adidas designed the jersey with a red body and dark red shoulders and sleeves. Gold detailing was used for the RFS crest, adidas 3-stripes and Performance logo. The Russian flag was included on the sleeve.
The design included a tribute to the country’s status as first in space. It included a graphic design launching from the waistline of the jersey and rising to the crest like a rocket and Yuri Gagarin’s famous quote ‘пoеxали! (Let’s Go)’ prior to becoming the first person in outer space.
The away jersey was white and also included a tribute to space exploration. A blue gradient on the upper chest represented the earth, atmosphere, and outer space.