Best World Cup Kits: Croatia 1998 Home

Why this kit is good:

When you think of this iconic chequered pattern, only one team comes to mind – Croatia. Sporting this kit in their first ever World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia took this iconic style and ran all the way to the semi-finals, only to fall to eventual winners France.

Also, the fact this kit was made by Lotto makes it all the more unique, as nowadays, the kits are run by big boys Nike, Adidas, and Puma.

Never again will we see such a scenario – low level sponsor, country’s debut in the tournament, and a marvellous run to third place.

 

Best moment:

Robert Prosinečki’s outstanding goal from a free kick against Jamaica. Instead of just whipping the cross in from near the corner flag, Prosinečki played a one-two with his teammate before looping the ball over everybody in the box and into the far corner.

 

This kit reminds me of…

Davor Šuker in his prime.

 

Rating out of 10:

10/10. This kit is gorgeous – a theme that’s continued for Croatia and their kits through the years. When you’re working with source material as nice as the iconic chequered print, it’s probably harder to get it wrong.

 

Which non-football related function would I wear it to?

Anything that works with chequered clothes – Scottish wedding with a kilt, picnics, or Formula One.

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