Best World Cup Kits: Holland 1974 Home

This kit is apparently so good, two of our writers asked to write an ode to it. Ninad Barbadikar and Rahul Warrier give their takes on why this kit is top. Why this kit is better than just good: Ninad Barbadikar: If there’s one Adidas classic kit that stands out, it’s this one. Holland’s 1974…

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Worst World Cup Kits: Germany 1994 Home

Why this kit is bad: This might be a controversial choice, because some people really do like this kit, but to this writer, this kit is quintessentially…un-German. Yes, the idea that Germans are efficient and joyless isn’t quite 100% true, but it’s hard to see Germany being too happy about a kit this…all over the…

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Best World Cup Kits: Argentina 1986 Home

Why this kit is good: First of all, it’s Le Coq Sportif. If I ruled the world (imagine that), I’d give Le Coq Sportif complete monopoly in manufacturing and designing football kits. Secondly, it’s damn near perfect. The preceding Argentinian 1982 World Cup kit is the unpolished diamond, the 1986 version is the Cullinan Diamond;…

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Worst World Cup Kits: Denmark 1986 Home

Why this kit is bad: In soccer, the viewer’s eye should be drawn to the elaborate shapes and lines of the beautiful game as it’s being played. But when Denmark took to the pitch in Mexico in 1986, the viewer’s eyes risked becoming trapped by the pattern of a kit that was a confusing mish-mash…

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Best World Cup Kits: France 2014 Home

Why this kit is good: I mean, just look at it. The deep blue, unimpeded by red stripes or designs. The clean white France crest. The sharp collar. It’s a beautiful shirt – take off the crest and the Nike logo, and you could wear that anywhere. And turn heads too. There’s elegance in simplicity.…

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Best World Cup Kits: France 2006 Away

Why this kit is good: I’ll tell you exactly why: Adidas had a style in 2006 for all their kits that featured sharp wisps gliding across the collarbone, caressing the sides until finally connecting to the shorts like all stanzas of a romantic epic coming together in the most beautiful way. France took this one…

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