The coolest World Cup kits

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1 URUGUAY 1930

Ar­gentina sported a su­perla­tive early edi­tion of their clas­sic stripes, but some­how the host na­tion and win­ners man­aged to go one bet­ter in the sar­to­rial stakes: La Ce­leste (mean­ing sky blue) have never looked more, er, ce­les­tial.


Not sim­ply Eng­land’s high wa­ter­mark, but also the So­viet Union/rus­sia’s only semi-fi­nal. The stark bru­tal­ism of their Cccp-em­bla­zoned jer­seys made them look men­ac­ing and ma­jes­tic.

3 ZAIRE 1974

The Leop­ards are re­mem­bered for the wrong rea­sons in West Ger­many – pri­mar­ily Joseph Mwepu Ilunga’s mad­cap free-kick be­hav­iour – but their strip was a knock­out: an Adi­das clas­sic with a huge wild­cat plas­tered on the front. Meow.

4 PERU 1978

We can’t quite work out why Los In­cas’ shirt is the great­est of all time – surely sashes are for beauty pageants and Orange Lodge mem­bers? – but it just is. The 1978 model, with an ab­so­lutely enor­mous badge, is the daddy of the lot.

5 BEL­GIUM 1982

Pick­ing a best ’80s World Cup kit is im­pos­si­ble given the glo­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion (Spain, Holland, East and West Ger­many, Italy, Eng­land and even Canada ’86 leap to mind). How­ever, the Red Devils’ sub­lime shirt-into-shorts-stripes takes the crown.


It was worn by some of the Ger­mans’ great­est op­er­a­tives – Rudi Voller, Jur­gen Klins­mann and fu­ture FFT colum­nist Lothar Matthaus – and is still enough to in­duce nau­sea in a num­ber of Eng­land sup­port­ers. But its iconic graph-like stripes re­main a Teu­tonic master­piece.

7 CROA­TIA 1998

Some see it as a catas­tro­phe that should have been stran­gled at birth. But there’s no doubt the wavy chess­board in­spired by the na­tional flag – best donned by goal au­tom­a­ton Da­vor Suker and a ter­ri­fy­ing-look­ing Slaven Bilic as Croa­tia fin­ished third in France – was deeply mem­o­rable.

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