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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 19, 2014
For football fans, the World Cup is about stunning
goals, heroic comebacks, brilliant saves and the
occasional underdog surprising a big gun. But for
a lot of those who’ll be taking in the action, it’s
about the fashion on the pitch.
Buzzfeed.com compiled a list of the top shirt
designs for the 2014 World Cup, and for the fash-
ionistas at the site, it was the tribal touches of kente
on the Ghanian shirts that won the day.
Style: 9. The tribal bit round the collar and sleeves of
the home kit is just perfection, and the patterned red
number is special too.
Originality: 9. The two kits both make a statement,
but are completely different from one another. Just
Patriotism: 8. Like the Cameroon strip, the traditional
watermarking is brilliant, and incorporates stars to
recognise Ghana’s “Black Stars” nickname.
Style: 9. They might not be that good at football
these days (they scraped into the World Cup via the
play-offs), but the French sure know their fashion.
Originality: 7. The away kit basically looks like a t-
shirt, but it’s different and it works really nicely.
Patriotism: 8. The hoops conjure up the image of the
stereotypical Frenchman, with a subtle twist.
Style: 8. The white kit is classic even if a little tennis-
esque, while the away top is loud, proud will look
stunning on the pitch.
Originality: 8. Basically just because of the away
shirt. Nothing like anything else in the competition.
Patriotism: 8. Some stars might have taken this to a
10, but let’s be honest, it would be a bit much.
Style: 7. The graphics are subtle enough not to be
garish while giving the kit an interesting twist.
Originality: 8. It has animals on it. We like animals.
Points for you, Cameroon.
Patriotism: 8. The shirts are literally covered in the
country’s culture, and all the colours are there too.
Style: 8. The tramlines down the sides work well, as
do the bits of trim on the sleeves. Points for the
neckline too. Actually, it’s all pretty great.
Originality: 6. Stands out with elegance.
Patriotism: 8. What’s the best thing about
Switzerland? Well, the flag’s a big plus (sorry, so so
sorry). But look, it’s there on the home shirt, and it
6. The Netherlands—Nike
Style: 7. The shape itself could not be more simple,
but it works. The orange is great as ever, the blue
strip is a nice concept and the retro crest looks
Originality: 7. Orange, orange, orange. Also, the
darkening chevrons on the away strip will look great
Patriotism: 7. Did we mention the orange?
Style: 8. Brazil can never really go wrong with their
iconic yellow and green strip, and their change options
are pretty slick too.
Originality: 7. The trailblazers of the bright yellow kit.
Patriotism: 6. Whack a big samba drum on the front
and you’re onto a winner (okay, maybe not).
Style: 8. So, so simple, but these kits look great. Does
that red one remind anyone of a certain 1966? We
Originality: 5. They’re plain, but in the traditional
sense. Retro football kits are the way
Patriotism: 7. The three lions are there and
large, and these strips hark back to the glory
days. Can the team follow suit? Probably
Style: 6. The red on the sleeves and subtle
pattern on the home shirt is great. The
tennis ball-style away shirt is a bit of an
Originality: 7. Bright colours and decent
graphics while still looking smart on the
Patriotism: 7. One of the few kits in this
year’s World Cup to include the nation’s flag,
but the colours are a little random.
Style: 5. The blue away kit with the
checkered trim is great, but the home strip
looks a bit too much like a motor racing
finishing flag or Grandma’s tablecloth.
Originality: 9. When your kit is this bold,
everyone is evidently too scared to copy
Patriotism: 6. The colours are all right—this
couldn’t belong to anyone but the Croatians.
Ghana tops World Cup fashion stakes
one of Ghana’s
2014 World Cup
kit. AP PHOTO
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