A definitive ranking of every home kit at the 2018 World Cup
A new World Cup brings with it the joy of seeing plenty of new football kits. And there’ll be some crackers in Russia.
How a kit is remembered can often be decided by the success – or lack of – achieved while wearing it, but with the tournament yet to start, this year’s efforts are all yet to be tarnished.
Not afraid of tackling the big issues in football, we’ve ranked every home shirt at this summer’s World Cup from worst to best. We’re not the first to do this, of course, but we wrote definitive in our headline which makes it best.
Earns points for being made by Uhlsport. Loses points for not being very nice.
It’s going to be quite awkward when Iceland knock out England and Scotland fans are going to have to buy this.
We’re not going to be the ones to tell Russia they’re going to be playing at their own World Cup in a Wales shirt, so if somebody else can that would be great.
The pattern seems to be one of those puzzles where you have to find your way out of a maze.
Is it just us or is the collar a bit too big? It’s not big enough to be big, but it’s too big to be small. The badge looks good though.
Weird neckline, innit?
Let’s face it, you didn’t have a clue what a Panama kit looked like; what colour they wear, if it’s patterned, what badge they have. Now you do.
Denmark and Hummel should be brilliant. But this is not.
Very standard, very mediocre.
It’s quite difficult to make out the pattern on the front but then when you see it in a bit more detail it becomes apparent that’s probably a good thing.
22. Costa Rica
In a tournament dominated by Nike and Adidas, New Balance offer a nice breather.
Sadio Mane will look pretty good in this, running past defenders really fast, to be fair.
20. South Korea
As good as a plain red shirt with Nike’s weird neckline on awkward numbers can be – which actually turns out to be pretty decent.
There are lots of red and white shirts on display at this summer’s tournament. Puma have got it right for Serbia.
Tim Cahill, in his seventh World Cup, volleying the ball home from 40 yards, looking like he plays for Brazil. Lovely stuff.
17. Saudi Arabia
Nice, clean and minimalist.
— Mohamed Ghonemi (@Ghonemi) June 3, 2018
The checkered finish is a nice addition to a basic but smart design.
Poland have got a very good shirt for this summer. Fair play.
This is actually good, but not as good as the training top.
Peru kits are always great, aren’t they? Sashes FTW.
We want Mexico to do really well at this World Cup.
Good. Nice collar trim. It’s getting hard to say different things now.
Just look at those zigzags. Absolutely yes.
A polka dot kit? Banging.
Belgium are always better in the away shirt stakes, but this is pretty jazzy.
It looks like a Brazil kit always looks, and that’s always a good thing.
It’s actually impossible for Adidas to make an Argentina shirt which isn’t ace.
Look at Olivier, there. Bloody hell. Just look at him.
Radamel Falcao has lightning bolts down his ribs and we’re well into it.
Absolutely bloody brilliant.
You know all about this by now. You considered buying it, hovering over the Nike website until it was too late and they were all gone.
Woof. Just woof.