South Korea’s 2022 World Cup home kit has dropped – and it may be the tournament shirt.
20 years ago this year, the Koreans co-hosted the greatest show on Earth with Japan and they’ve been setting the bar for style ever since. A few weeks ago, the Blue Samurai released a stunning home kit and a stunning away top. With rumors of bold South Korean jerseys, we’re looking forward to this one.
Adidas and Puma have already released their World Cup kits, followed by the Swoosh – the Red Devils’ Nike away shirt has also been dropped. Almost all World Cup shirts have now been released ahead of the November tournament.
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South Korea is extremely cool as a nation, whether we’re talking about their Netflix dramas or Son Heung-min. It’s no surprise that in the two decades since they hosted the World Cup, they’ve released some gorgeous jerseys, including 2020’s pink/white wavy top and that stunning band of black/white tiger.
Even the 2002 World Cup jersey with the graphic lines on the base is iconic. This lush coral red has instantly become synonymous with the nation – and it’s another beautiful strip in a long line of classics.
The ‘tiger stripes’ of the last away shirt are back – this time in a subtle graphic on the shoulders, while there’s no white at all. Korea went red and black, building on that Red Devils moniker.
“Brash, bold and energetic, the South Korea home kit is centered around the Dokkaebi motif,” Nike says of it. “The fiery moniker represents the fierce mentality of a proud nation and is amplified by vibrant global red and a tiger stripe sleeve graphic representing strength and power.”
It’s an absolute work of art, with the beautiful icon on the back of the neck.
It’s incredibly good: it’s hard to see a fault. The World Cup wouldn’t be the same without South Korea these days and their style is just one of the reasons.
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How big is the Nike South Korea 2022 World Cup home kit?
The sizing of all Nike football kits is quite natural for your size, although the cuffs and collar can be a little tight if you’re looking for a more fitted fit.
Nike has a full guide here (opens in a new tab).
What’s the difference between the match and regular versions of the Nike South Korea 2022 Home Kit?
The match version of the jersey is the official jersey that players will wear for matches. The only differences are minimal, usually the material is slightly different and the badges and logos are woven into the shirt rather than printed.
“This one combines authentic design details with lightweight, quick-drying fabric to help keep the world’s biggest football stars cool and comfortable on the pitch. This product is made from 100% recycled polyester fibers,” says Nike.
“Nike Dri-FIT ADV technology combines moisture-wicking fabric with advanced engineering and features to help keep you dry and comfortable. Informed by athlete testing, open-hole fabric in high-heat zones help keep you cool when the game heats up.”
If you want to pay extra for this extra quality, you can buy the authentic shirt here (opens in a new tab). In terms of design or feel, the regular version of the top is perfectly good and identical to the naked eye.