Top 5 world cup shirts09 August 2018
Was that the best World Cup since 1990? And the best national competition since 1996? The answer to both of those questions is, undoubtedly, yes. Or at least from England's perspective.
Not that we won or anything like that — even if we did actually get quite close. But the sense of optimism and excitement pervaded every home, street, town and city from Penzance to Penrith was joyous to behold.
And now that the competition is over, it's time to think about its impact: namely, which five World Cup 2018 shirts will stick in our collective memories and stand the test of time — and which you should buy.
We all loved watching Mexico's promising run at the World Cup. A win against Germany, and a nail-bitingly difficult group made for one of the stories of the competition. And they had the kit to match. More specifically, their away kit.
A classic, retro Adidas design with green and red horizontal stripes, the strip was inspired by Mexico's kit from the 1950s. The Aztec-style font on the back finished the design with elegant, culturally-appropriate finesse.
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Croatia's jersey game has always been strong, and this year was no exception — this design was made all the more epic for taking them to the final. Sadly, they were no match for France when they got there.
The classic red and white checks aren't employed by any other nationality, making them uniquely Croatian. We can remember said pattern from Davor Suker up to today, and it's always looked ace. This time, Nike did the honours.
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Immortalised by Harry Maguire's heavily memed fan conversation, the 2018 England training jersey has the same iconic credentials as the home and away kits — and offers you some extra niche credibility.
The blue, red and white graphic neatly hearkens back to the 80s and 90s, and that's definitely not a bad thing. We think this one will be worn by England supporters for years to come.
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Russia aren't the most popular team on this list, but their home shirt deserved respect.
The crew-necked, Adidas design is a vintage, 70s-style look — taking things almost into the realm of PE kit chic.
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Okay, so France won the whole competition and shouldn't be honoured in this list, right?
Not only did France win, they arguably even won the kit competition. The awesome typeface for player numbers and names, coupled with this particular white, speckled, rounded-V-neck design, was a force to be reckoned with.
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