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Ranked: Top 10 World Cup 2018 Kits

Dean Carr 29 May 2018
Philippe Coutinho of Brazil celebrates after scoring a goal against Ecuador (credit: Getty Images)

10. Sweden Home Kit

Basic in its design, the simplicity of Sweden’s home kit for the World Cup this summer is what makes it such a smart design. Inspired by their look in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it is manufactured by Adidas and features the traditional yellow and blue colours of Sweden. The design of the collar comes directly from their 1992 home shirt and has already been worn during their play-off victory over Italy.

9. Japan Home kit

Japan have called upon their roots with the design of their slick home kit, with it being modelled on traditional samurai armour, with the shirt being a predominant dark blue. Throughout the shirt is a graphic print of light and dark blue stripes, making this one of the more unique kits designed for this World Cup. Japan’s kit supplier for the World Cup is Adidas, as it has been since 1999.

8. Portugal Home Kit

The 2016 European Champions come into this World Cup with plenty of focus and attention on their shoulders heading into Russia 2018, as they look to replicate achievements of rivals Spain by winning back-to-back major tournaments. That focus will be shone even further in this classy home kit adopted for this tournament, which is to be worn by star player Cristiano Ronaldo. The inside of the shirt features a red and green stripe - the country’s traditional colours - and is one of the most crisp designs produced by Nike.

7. Croatia Away Kit

Usually having a slightly lighter blue away shirt in recent years, Croatia have switched things up with this new Nike design on the away kit. It replicates a design closer to their home checked shirt, instead using dark blue and black with black sleeves to replace the red and white of the home kit. Croatia have one of the most individual kits in international football and have come across another gem with this latest design.

6. Russia Home Kit

Judging by their bold home kit, Russia intend to stand out as host nation at the 2018 World Cup after receiving a stellar home shirt from Adidas, designed with the inspiration of the 1988 USSR jersey. They kick off the tournament on Friday June 14 with their clash against Saudi Arabia and will hope to set the standard of play as high as the quality of their home shirt. It is also a seminal moment for Adidas, who have based the kit on their new Climachill template for the first time on the host nation’s kit.

5. Brazil Home Kit

Is it possible to have a Top 10 list without including Brazil’s home kit? One of the most iconic kits in sport with their yellow shirt, blue shorts and white socks combo, Brazil’s first strip is one of the most recognisable in the world. Nike have stayed true to their roots by keeping to a traditional design, this time though having a more vibrant yellow for the shirt, replicating the classic kit worn in the 1970 World Cup - where Pele led his country to glory. This summer they will hope to add a sixth star above their badge to the updated kit.

4. England Home Kit

Since becoming England’s kit manufacturer in 2013, Nike have injected a fresh look to the Three Lions’ kits after some underwhelming final efforts from Umbro and that remains the case with this latest home kit. Donned with a white shirt, blue shorts and white socks, it has a more traditional and clean feel to the Euro 2016 kit, which featured white shirt and shorts, with clunky-looking red socks to boot. There is a far more accepting consensus of this kit from England supporters, who have taken to this look far more than its previous edition.

3. France Home Kit

For a number of years now France has boasted some of the most impressive kits in international football and they, along with Nike, have pulled it out of the bag once again. Their dark blue shirt comes paired with light blue sleeves, which are impressively added in amongst a zig-zag pattern, while the shirt also features a single button at the top of the shirt. It is complete with white shorts and red socks and France hopes this is the kit of their second World Cup success.

2. Germany Away Kit

Like France, Germany have a reputation for wearing some of the finest kits in international football and their away kit for this summer’s World Cup evokes memories of the 1990s with this ‘EQT Green’ shirt. It is one for the traditionalists without doubt, with this kit being reminiscent of ones some of the most successful German sides have worn and England fans will have bad memories of the 1990 World Cup from it. German supplier Adidas appear to have saved the best for their home country at this World Cup.

1. Nigeria Home Kit

Social media exploded with the release of this classic Nigerian home shirt, which instantly became one of the most popular kits on the market with its superb design. Of all of the Nike kits present at this World Cup, arguably none are more impressive than this absolute belter, which takes inspiration from their strip at the 1994 World Cup. Featuring green and white zig-zags on the front and back, with black and white zig-zags on the sleeves, there is no kit quite like it in international football.

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