The ultimate starting 11 in past World Cup shirts
Their 1986 kit might be the coolest thing ever to grace a football pitch (especially on Michael Laudrup), but how can we deny Peter Schmeichel and his ravey garms?
There’s been a lot of dross (we’re looking at you 2002), but there’s been some gold, too. Recent kits aren’t as hideous as they could be, but nothing bests this tricolour Admiral number.
The meticulously Teutonic sweep of the flag, the Bauhaus brutality of the colour blocking, and those enormous wings. Pure Germanic brilliance.
It was too painful to include the Maradona 1986 “Hand of God” strip, so here’s the one from the equally iconic ’94 tournament, when everything went a bit... Colombian.
Everyone’s “second” team, there isn’t a soul — not one — who doesn’t love the red-and-white chequers of Croatia. And this could even be their year!
(It won’t be.)
Some people hate the vest, we happen to think it should be hung in the annals of football shirt history, but not if it has the Comic Sans squad numbers. That’s going too far.
We thought about including one of Jorge Campos’ insane goalkeeper shirts, but they’re a bit on the wild side. So here’s the shirt that graced the shoulders of Mexican great Hugo Sánchez.
Amazingly, France’s second-best kit came just four years ago at the last tournament in Brazil, but like the team itself, you simply cannot beat the 1998 home shirt.
It’s the mid-Nineties,
Definitely Maybe is about to be released and Jay-Jay Okocha is hurtling through midfield in this emerald number. What a time to be alive.
Soviet Union, 1990
How you achieve that mottled, spattered red paint effect we don’t know (and we’re not going to ask), but it’s a thing of beauty nonetheless.
So many variations on the yellow and green, and the various blues are mega too. But this came accompanied with that tuft of hair on Ronaldo’s head, so how could it be overlooked?
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