Worst World Cup Kits: Portugal 1966 Home

Why this kit is bad:

A hall of shame surprise entry. Normally, 1960s-70s kits are solid winners these days. But we found a lemon furtively lurking the touchlines: Portugal. Normally, the storied Iberian peninsula side does no wrong with kits. But the famed 1966 World Cup (when it “came home” and Eusébio’s Portugal made the semis) showcased Portugal’s color wheel disaster: green trim and socks, red shirt, and blue (!) shorts.

Red, blue, and green? RGB. Get outta here. Anyone with basic knowledge of visual design knows color complementary overload problems accompany these three. Besides, picking RGB is like picking everything. Finally, Portugal’s RGB look violates Desmond Morris’ red vs blue primary clash of soccer eternal enemies. If you’re wondering, this kit looks like mud in tournament’s black and white footage. Way to go, Portugal.


Best moment:

One of the sport’s greatest, Eusébio, said to heck with it and scored nine goals in this kit, winning the 1966 World Cup’s golden boot equivalent. The legend and his teammates rode this kit into the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions England.


This kit reminds me of…

A salad buffet plate that can’t say no. You know, you start with the lettuce, the little ham cubes, those glassy beet things, then soon you’ve taken everything, and covered all your buffet bases. Portugal’s shirt fulfils this philosophy, but with basic colors.


Rating out of 10:

Look, it’s not the worst kit of this series, but it’s the surprising entry. If you’re color blind, the kit probably rocks. So let’s go with 5/10.


How much would you need to pay me to wear it?

Gimme $200 to flaunt this number when coaching my son’s futsal side (but add another $100 for the “full kit wanker” fee). As for wearing it around my colleague’s graphic design students, well, let’s double the price, and add a contractual rider that I’m merely wearing a design contest problem for extra credit.

Image credit: Telegraph

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