Ranking All 32 World Cup Jerseys

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One of the best parts of the World Cup build up is each of the 32 nations releasing brand new kits for the tournament. For many they will feature some type of throwback to a previous version of the team trying to use history to spur them on to success. For kit nerds such as myself, this is a great time of year.

Red has been a very popular colour on the kits this year with 13 teams featuring it as their base with another five having some sort of red trim as well. Some of the kits are good, some are not so good and some… well we just don’t know what to make of them. So here we present to you, the (kind of) definitive rankings of all 32 World Cup jerseys.

The Bad

32. Egypt

I’m all for innovation with football kits, as long as it looks good. Egypt’s faint checkerboard pattern shows they were onto something with that thought process and threw it away with this bizarre black trim. Give it the big Joaquin Phoenix thumbs down from Gladiator.

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31. Serbia

That red and white kit is… certainly very red. When the unique font for player names on the back is the standout part of the jersey, it says all you need to know.

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The Bland

30. Panama

It kind of looks like a leftover design from a Liverpool training top that never got released.

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29. Iran

Adidas produces some of the best kits in clubland, but this will not be one to add to their hall of fame. You might have seen this design before on a generic t-shirt and it looks like they have just slapped the national logo on it.

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28. Morocco

Pretty much the same design as Iran’s home shirt, this isn’t exactly anything special, in fact, since it’s just a copy & paste job, I might do the same here. You might have seen this design before on a generic t-shirt and it looks like they have just slapped the national logo on it.

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27. Denmark

If you’re a kit collector and red just isn’t your colour you will be out of luck with a lot of these shirts and Denmark is one of them. While they may get out of Group C, they do have to do it in the least interesting jersey of the four sides.

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26. Saudi Arabia

One kit where the initial photos released did not do it any favours, hiding the vibrant green trip around this otherwise white shirt. Sadly the green is minimal at best and the shirt could use a bit more.

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25. South Korea

A plain and simple jersey, the South Koreans will hope the bright red kit makes the likes of Son go faster. Hopefully their play on the pitch will be a bit more exciting than this shirt.

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24. Tunisia

We’re starting to get on the edge of the bland kits and Tunisia’s has a few spots of personality but could use a little bit more.

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23. Russia

Another blast from the past, Russia’s kit looks like something you would see in official highlight film from the 1970’s.

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The… Interesting

22. Costa Rica

Essentially the Iranian jersey with a (mercifully) bit more personality thanks to the faded stripes.

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21. Argentina

I should like this jersey more than I do, it bears all the hallmarks of classic Argentina but it just seems… off. Perhaps a bit brighter than what we are used to from one of the best footballing nations. The bold number in the middle of the chest is very nice but on the whole this jersey just doesn’t quite click here.

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20. Switzerland

Some say that pattern in the Swiss jersey has elements of the nation’s road systems in it, or that it is the tattoo pattern the playing group have agreed to get if they win the World Cup. All we know is… it’s unique for sure.

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19. Mexico

Where the Argentine jersey was a little bit too light, this Mexican jersey has all the right elements in it, the colour scheme is just not quite right. The base of the jersey just doesn’t allow the trim to pop the way we would all hope.

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18. Spain

While it is important to honour history, this is not the way to do it. Spain’s throwback to 1994 still features the signature red with a strangely coloured pattern down the right side. Of course if Spain lift the trophy in Russia next month, they won’t really care what they are wearing.

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17. Australia

It seems like Australia can’t have two nice World Cup kits in a row. 2006 was superb, 2010 was not anything special and 2014 was one of Nike’s best. Initially I hated this jersey when it was first released but in all honesty it could have been a lot worse, now about adding those green shorts and white socks…

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16. Peru

Peru have played it safe opting for a relatively traditional look on their kit and it looks good.

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15. Colombia

Colombia’s 1990 styled jersey is a home run for Adidas and gives them a point of difference to some of the other teams in their stable.

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14. Senegal

One that has divided opinion on the internet, here though, the Lion pattern on the front is a big winner and keeping it from being just another plain shirt. If we factored in away shirts, the green one would have Senegal even higher on this list.

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The Good

13. Poland

An interesting take on a two-tone shirt, Poland will look very sharp when they take to the itch for their first game against Senegal.

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12. England

One of the few sides where plain works well. England have gone for the plain white shirt that we associate with their side, of course you feel for whoever has to wash them in between games. Those grass stains are a pain to get out.

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11. Sweden

One of the first World Cup kits launched (during their playoff win over Italy), we have had time to nitpick this jersey and have come up with… not much to dislike really.

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10. Germany

A step down from their 2014 effort, it does have that nice little patch reminding people that they are the defending champions and inviting everyone to knock them off their perch.

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9. Uruguay

Given Luis Suarez’s history in the World Cup, expect to see this shirt a fair few times as he finds a new way to make headlines. Thankfully the team will look good while dealing with the inevitable controversy.

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8. Belgium

Spain & Germany take note, this is how something with that argyle pattern should look. It is something different and the only jersey with the national logo on the centre of the chest.

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7. Croatia

Simple, traditional and clean. The Croatian checkerboard pattern is an iconic look and not much to dislike here. Best of all the logos and numbers on the front are contained to a single box rather than bleeding over.

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6. Portugal

This Nike pattern is phenomenal and the subtle colour shifts on the Portuguese jersey looks remarkable. Not to mention the gold numbering is most likely the only colour Cristiano Ronaldo would allow on the shirt.

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5. Brazil

It’s Brazil, canary yellow and blue, a winning combination (they hope).

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4. France

Take all of the positives for Portugal’s kit and improve it by about 10%. That is where this French kit sits and the light blue pattern on the sleeves looks excellent. Hopefully their play in the first name is not at the level of quality this kit is because if so, the Socceroos could be in even more trouble.

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3. Japan

The traditional dark blue Japanese kit has been accentuated with white spots and it gives us the third best kit at the world cup.

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The Best

2. Iceland

Another kit that looks a little bit 90’s but boy does it look good. The red shading on the sleeves really makes this kit as good as it is.

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1. Nigeria

While it was tempting to screw around and put Nigeria third or something, there is no denying this kit looks great and matches the team’s personality. The only down side is we are unlikely to see this after their three group games.

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