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World Cup kits through the ages – interactive guide

Explore the history of the World Cup with our graphic guide to every kit for the 32 competing teams since the competition began in 1930. Choose a country to see its sartorial history, and click on the change-strip thumbnails for a larger view

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    Algeria

    1982 - 2014

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    Argentina

    1930 - 2014

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    Australia

    1974 - 2014

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    Belgium

    1930 - 2014

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    Bosnia Herzegovina

    2014

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    Brazil

    1930 - 2014

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    Cameroon

    1982 - 2014

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    Chile

    1930 - 2014

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    Colombia

    1962 - 2014

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    Costa Rica

    1990 - 2014

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    Croatia

    1998 - 2014

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    Ecuador

    2002 - 2014

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    England

    1950 - 2014

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    France

    1930 - 2014

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    Germany

    1934 - 2014

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    Ghana

    2006 - 2014

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    Greece

    1994 - 2014

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    Holland

    1934 - 2014

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    Honduras

    1982 - 2014

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    Iran

    1978 - 2014

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    Italy

    1934 - 2014

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    Ivory Coast

    2006 - 2014

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    Japan

    1998 - 2014

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    Mexico

    1930 - 2014

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    Nigeria

    1994 - 2014

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    Portugal

    1966 - 2014

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    Russia

    1958 - 2014

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    South Korea

    1954 - 2014

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    Spain

    1934 - 2014

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    Switzerland

    1934 - 2014

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    Uruguay

    1930 - 2014

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    USA

    1930 - 2014

World Cup Ball

The official ball of the 2014 World Cup will be the Adidas Brazuca.

Brazuca

The name was selected by a public vote that received responses from more than 1 million Brazilian football fans; "Brazuca" received over 70 per cent of the vote. Adidas, the official FIFA World Cup match ball supplier since 1970, took inspiration from elements of Brazilian culture to come up with a shortlist of three possible names for the ball that also included Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca.

About Brazil

Founded in 1914 and affiliated to FIFA since 1923, the Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) boasts a staggering list of honours: five FIFA World Cups™, eight Copa Americas, four FIFA Under-20 World Cups, three FIFA Under-17 World Cups, two FIFA Confederations Cups, four FIFA Futsal World Cups, three FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups and dozens of continental trophies. Few federations have left anything like the same mark on international football.

Rio do Janeiro

n fact, the only sour note for the country that produced Pele came in the final of 'their' 1950 FIFA World Cup. Watched by 174,000 stunned supporters packed into the mythical Maracana stadium, the Seleçao let the fourth edition of the Jules Rimet Cup slip from their grasp in a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

Football occupies pride of place in Brazil, and although Brazilians are also passionate about volleyball, basketball, tennis, formula-one and other motor sports, only the legendary Ayrton Senna is revered in quite the same way as the country's most famous exponents of 'the beautiful game'.

Chief among them is O Rei, Pele, whose name is almost synonymous with Brazilian sport itself, but a whole raft of unique talents have worn the Seleção shirt with distinction down the years: Leonidas, Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Zagallo, Tostão, Zico, Jairzinho, Carlos Alberto, Socrates, Bebeto, Romario, Cafu, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. The list of players who have etched their names into the collective memory is quite literally breathtaking.

Brazilian football continues to produce exceptional new talents, and these days it is superstars Ronaldinho (Ronaldo de Assis Moreira) and Kaka (Ricardo Izecson Santos Leite) who are thrilling football-lovers the world over.

It is often said that the first European explorer to set foot in the country was Spaniard Vicente Yanez Pinzon, who supposedly landed near the site of modern-day Recife on 26 January 1500. Officially, however, it is Portuguese Pedro Alvares Cabral who is regarded as the discoverer of Brazil. His fleet, in search of the Indias, sailed into the South of modern-day Bahia on 22 April 1500. Since 1530, the Portuguese Crown implemented a colonising policy that lasted centuries and ended when Dom Pedro I declared the country's independence on 7 September 1822.

After 1822, Brazil was governed by an imperial dynasty until a military revolt led by Marshal Manuel Deodoro da Fonseca forced Emperor Dom Pedro II to abdicate in November 1889. The country became a republic and, despite a long period of instability and even military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985, it now enjoys the fruits of democracy.

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