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Let Ebiraland Media take you on a tour of football’s sartorial winners and losers with our rundown of the worst to best jerseys at Russia 2018.
If you turned up to a high school game in a shirt this bland, you’d be embarrassed, yet here comes Switzerland, arriving at the world’s biggest sporting event in something that looks like it was bought at a street market stand. The Swiss invariably qualify for tournaments and invariably produce a basic, bog-standard red shirt to go with their basic, bog-standard football. Switzerland, try something different when you inevitably qualify for Euro 2020. Please.
31. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia hasn’t featured at a World Cup since 2006, when one draw and two defeats was a much better outcome than the three defeats the Falcons suffered in 2002, including an 8-0 loss to Germany. All but three of the team’s players are drawn from the Saudi league, so it’s hard to see them doing much better this time around. All of this is tangential to the uniform, but it’s difficult to say anything in particular about this bore-fest.
On the park, workmanlike Australia prides itself on team camaraderie, egalitarianism, team cohesion, mucking in, mateship — you get the point. Nobody is bigger than the team. Nobody should stand out. Nice, then, of Nike to let the Socceroos carry that ethos into the World Cup with a design that is duller than an Outback chess tournament.
England hasn’t had decent uniform since the early ’90s and, despite just about every other nation going back to that time period for inspiration this year, Nike has instead opted to produce something that is the byword for generic. For a country that produces some of the world’s most enduring designers, the England uniform looks like it was designed by a committee with the express intent of offending nobody, with predictably tedious results.
Swedish design is all about simplicity and functionality, and this adidas effort certainly lives up to that billing. In previous tournaments, the simple yellow with blue trim worked because it was worn by legends such as Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimović. You don’t get quite the same effect with Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen.
Denmark and long-term kit partner Hummel were responsible for some of international soccer’s most eye-striking uniforms in the ’80s, both at the 1984 European Championship and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The Danes of that era played swashbuckling soccer led by Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjaer. This year’s effort, much like the current squad (Christian Eriksen aside), is a mere shadow of former greatness.
25. Costa Rica
The Ticos are one of two nations to travel to Russia in New Balance. NB might be miles behind the big three of Nike, Adidas, and PUMA when it comes to soccer, but its teams do have a knack of coming up trumps: Portuguese giants Portugal picked up a national title this year in New Balance, while Liverpool wore it in the Champions League final. This top isn’t much to write home about, however, so it doesn’t feature highly on our list.
Can you argue with the Brazil uniform? The yellow, blue, and white of the Seleção is one of the most enduring images in sport. Even non-soccer fans know what the Brazil team looks like. Nike will tell you that this jersey is the same shade of yellow as the World Cup 1970 jersey — “a more vibrant samba gold,” specifically — and that the away uniform subtly references the 1958 World Cup-winning blue strip, but in truth, it doesn’t matter. There’s not a lot new here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
11. South Korea
Argentina has announced a first at this year’s World Cup, turning out in a black away jersey for the first time ever. And it’s not bad, with the flashes that have become a staple of adidas’ World Cup 2018 range. Meanwhile, the home uniform is an all-time classic, from Kempes and Maradona to Batistuta, Crespo, and Messi — all the greats have worn the albicelestestripes, so why change now?
perennial favorite, and adidas has dug out a retro look from the era when Spain had great shirts but won diddly squat: the USA 1994 jersey. The diamond checkerboard effect along the right side is a winner, adding elements of yellow and purple to the predominant red. The use of purple has caused slight controversy back home, with some people angry that the color might be a reference to the 1931 flag of the Second Spanish Republic and as such is disrespectful to the country’s monarchy. Politics aside, though, that purple pops.
Long-term absentee Peru is back and it’s bringing its beautiful red sash. Along with Croatia and Brazil, Peru boasts one of the most instantly recognizable shirts in world football, so there was no need for Umbro to experiment or change anything ahead of the South Americans’ first World Cup appearance since 1982. The away jersey is similarly simple — in fact, it’s the same design reversed. Perfection.
Retro might be the big theme of World Cup 2018, but Japan laughs in the face of your ’80s- and ’90s-inspired styles. Its home shirt design is lifted from the most retro of all Japanese national teams, the Samurai, with a pattern inspired by Samurai armor and imprinted on those famous deep blue adidas jerseys. The away uniform goes in the opposite direction, its minimal off-white color and gray design elements on the left shoulder appearing to reference the modern, computerized image of the country.
The reigning champion has gone back to 1990 for its 2018 jerseys, picking out two of football’s most famous and beloved designs and bringing them right up to date. The home uniform borrows the three-bar chest motif of the 1990 shirt, but this time in understated grayscale rather than the colors of the German flag. The away jersey, meanwhile, recreates the shirt West Germany wore as it dumped England out of Italia 90 on penalties.
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