World Cup Kit ratings

Grading World Cup kits: Group H by Justin Salhani

 The one thing we must surely all agree on is Nike killed the presentation section.

The one thing we must surely all agree on is Nike killed the presentation section.

Today brings our World Cup kit grading series to a close. Today brings us kits from Nike, Adidas, and Puma. And there's some fire and diversity in this group.


Poland

Home

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AK 
The home kit is white with a bespoke sash graphic that graces the front of the shirt in a light grey tone. The graphic consists of taped lines that create an illusion of a gradient.
Grade: B-

LT
I like how the kit is split between a solid color and a patterned, darker shade. It works. Two very smart kits but there isn’t anything spectacular about them. Still, they’re good. 
Grade: C+

Away

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AK 
The away kit is red and based on the same template. It features the same graphic as the home shirt. They both have a clean overall look but other than the subtle graphic nothing else is happening. 
Grade: B-

LT
The away kit is slightly worse than the home, due to the badge on the home looking cleaaaaan. But still, they’re pretty much similar levels. 
Grade: C+


Japan

Home

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AK
The home kit is inspired by Samurai armor. It’s blue with a generic graphic print. The print covers the front with dark and light blue stripes, a collar, and the three adidas stripes on the shoulders.
Grade: B

LT
The home kit is one of my favorite releases this year. Such a beautiful design with the graphic print taking inspiration from a Samurai warrior. Japan is one of my favourite countries, and this kit just adds to the love for it. 
Grade: A+

Away

AK
The away kit is predominantly light grey with a bit of a white trim around the top. The three adidas stripes on the shoulders are also white. It features a subtle 3 stripe graphic on the upper left side. The kit is clean and works out well. Simple but dope at the same time. 
Grade: B+

LT
A great follow up after such a nice home kit. A solid design for the away kit and it is a great secondary option for Nippon. 
Grade: B+


Senegal

Home

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AK
The home kit is white with a green collar, a green stripe on the sleeves, and a subtle graphic print a lion on the front. 
Grade: B-

LT
I love the chest design on these kits. It is beautiful and taps into the country’s history and heritage. A nice inclusion from Puma.. The home kit’s white design is fantastic and it works. 
Grade: B

 

 

Away

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AK
The away kit is the same as the home, but green Is the dominant color. They are good jerseys and are elevated by the graphic. 
Grade: B-

LT
The away kit uses a nice green but the reverse of the home kit doesn’t work as well. However, it is still a very nice kit. I expect to see some spectacular dancing from the fans in these kits. 
Grade: B-


Colombia

Home

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AK
The home kit is yellow with three eye catching stripes along the sides of the chest, which are essentially copied from the 1990s Adidas kit designs.
Grade: B+

LT
The home kit is excellent. A wonderful yellow design and the graphics on the sides make it even better. Basically copied from the 1990 design but I don’t care, it works. I like it. I love the nostalgia. 
Grade: B+

Away

AK
The away kit is royal blue with a distinct graphic print on the left side of the which is modelled after the Mulera traditional scarf Colombia coffee growers often wear over the shoulder.
Grade: A
 

LT
The away kit is decent. However, that’s it. It doesn’t follow up with the greatness of the home kit. I am not really a fan of the colour combination but the overall thought process behind the design seems to be solid. An alright effort. 
Grade: C


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C+

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: B
LT: B


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2. Adidas: B-
3. Hummel: C+
4=. New Balance: C
4=. Puma: C
4=. Uhlsport C
7. Umbro: C-
8. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B-
Adidas: B+
Puma: B-


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Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G

Grading World Cup Kits: Group G by Justin Salhani

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Group G means we are in the penultimate group today. We've got four brands represented today, including England. Maybe the judges will be more excited about their kits than Diego.


Panama

Home

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AK 
The home kit is red with white stripes on the collar. It has a chevron graphic pattern on the front, inspired by the iconic Panama City skyline. 
Grade: B

LT
Weird kit. Not a fan at all. However, I do love seeing Panama in the World Cup so that’s a plus. 
Grade: D

Away

AK 
The away kit is based on the same design only it has a white base with pan blue chevrons on the front and a full stripe in the collar running down the shoulders and sleeves. These might be the best kits New Balance made for the World Cup.
Grade: B+

LT
I really dislike the collar on these kits and the downward chevron pattern on the away kit is strange. 
Grade: F


Tunisia

Home

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AK
The home kit is white with a crew neck collar and red sleeve cuffs. The hem is also red, while a doffed gradient graphic appears towards the sides.
Grade: C+

LT
These shirts are plain for the majority and the only interesting part is still very bad.
Grade: D

Away

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AK
The away kit is the complete reverse, they look good but other than the red gradient graphic on both kits nothing much is happening. 
Grade: C+

LT
Overall, a poor effort from a brand we don’t hear a lot from...and that is clearly for a reason. 
Grade: D


Belgium

Home

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AK
The home kit is a red base with a rather unusual graphic print on the front. The kit doesn’t blow you away. It’s pretty decent and other than the graphic print nothing much is happening on it.
Grade: B

LT
The design across the chest for the home kit looks fantastic and the overall shirt is good. I can definitely see myself wearing this. Big fan of how the crest is central. I like this kit.
Grade: B

Away

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AK
The away kit is yellow with a black and red trim and a black crew neck collar. A subtle all over graphic print rounds the look. This here is a nice kit for the summer.
Grade: B+

LT
A wonderful color. The shirt is beautiful to look at. I like the stripes and it is a very solid kit. 
Grade: B-


England

Home

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AK
It’s the basic white Nike England kit with blue logos and features a modern knit pattern on the front.
Grade: C+

LT
It is infuriating, as an England fan, to see these. We’ve had some classic kits over the years and Nike are coming out with designs like this? Nah.
Grade: C-

Away

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AK
The away one is better in that it is red with a subtle knit pattern on the front of St. George’s cross. Both kits are pretty simple but the away one has the edge. 
Grade: B-

 

LT
 So boring, both the home and away. The training kit should have 100% been our home kit. 
Grade: C-


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C+

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: B
LT: C-


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2. Adidas: B-
3. Hummel: C+
4=. New Balance: C
4=. Puma: C
4=. Uhlsport C
7. Umbro: C-
8. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: C
Adidas: B
New Balance: C-
Uhlsport: C


Some big disagreements today. Hater Luke, as we know and love him, made a return today - giving out the FIRST FAILING GRADE of the tournament. Disagree with him? Hit the guys up on Twitter or Instagram and let 'em know!

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

Grading World Cup Kits: Group F by Justin Salhani

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We have an Adidas heavy Group F today. Nike's got just the sole representative, so we will see if the three stripes can push their way back in contention for best kits. 


South Korea

Home

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AK 
The home kit is low key - nothing much to it. It’s red without any graphic on the front. It features a bit of white on the Nike swoosh and the tape on the back of the collar.
Grade: C

LT
The home shirt is simple. Just a nice, plain, red shirt. I like the simplicity, but there is so much more that can be done on kits like these. A lot more. For me, it’s lazy from both Nike and the federation. 
Grade: C+

 

 

 

Away

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AK 
The away kit is predominantly white with a bold blue and red graphic on the front inspired by a tiger.
Grade: C+

LT
An improvement from the home, the away kit features a nice pattern. The release for these kits were superb as well tapping into Korean fashion culture. I like it. 
Grade: B+


Mexico

Home

AK
The home kit is a traditional green combined with white applications. In general, it’s a nice kit but more could be done to it. Maybe put the graphic design all over the front of the kit. 
Grade: B-

LT
The home kit is so clean with such a wonderful green used. The graphics on the sides are also delightful. 
Grade: A-

Away

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AK
The away kit is better - taking inspiration from the 1950s. It’s predominantly white with red, white, and green horizontal chest stripes. The away kit works and is a winner for me.
Grade: A-

LT
The away kit has to be the most underrated kit release from this year or any other. It’s so smart and a beautiful shirt. Not only that, but the release photos from Adidas were spectacular. Maybe it’s just something about my personal preferences, but this is my favorite kit from this tournament. I love these kits.
Grade: A+


Sweden

Home

AK
Home kit is decent but nothing much to rave about. A clean kit and retro inspired. It’s yellow and blue with a subtle jacquard pattern on the front with the Adidas stripes running along the sides.
Grade: C+

LT
The home kit is ruined by the collar. It doesn’t look good on this kit. Overall, it’s an okay kit but nothing special about it. It’s just...alright. 
Grade: C-

Away

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AK
 The away kit is royal blue with a subtle graphic print on the front and back and sleeves. This is a really nice kit it will turn a few heads once it's worn on the pitch.
Grade: B+

LT
A fine blue on the away kit makes it better but, for this template, it doesn’t pop as much as Belgium's away kit does due to the colors. 
Grade: C+


Germany

Home

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AK
The home kit is predominantly white with a graphic design across the upper front. It features shades of grey and black that are created using different black sized lines. The home kit is a reinterpretation of the iconic 1990 jersey, but the difference is that the graphic is not the German flag. This is one of the better Adidas world cup kits. I also like that the squad numbers are off center. 
Grade: B

LT
I like how Adidas are tapping into nostalgia, but I do agree with people saying that maybe they should be looking to create new icons rather than looking at old ones. However, the home kit is smart and I like it. 
Grade: B

Away

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AK
This is a throwback to 80s and 90s inspired kits.
Grade: A-

LT

The away kit is as good as the home kit. I’m a big fan of the pattern and the colors used. 
Grade: B


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C+

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: B
LT: B


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2=. Hummel: C+
2=. Adidas: C+
2=. New Balance: C+
5. Puma: C
6. Umbro: C-
7. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B-
Adidas: B


Some positive reviews today. Nice for a change. Check back in tomorrow to see if the niceness continues.

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Grading World Cup kits: Group E by Justin Salhani

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A new day means a new group of kits to rate. Today we've got Group E. Nike has another chance to extend its lead at the top of the WC kit game. Puma's back today and New Balance makes its first entry.


Serbia

Home

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AK 
The home kit is red and white with a crew neck and a white stripe on each sleeve. It's a very low key and understated look.
Grade: C

LT
A simple red and white number for the home. Nothing else happens on it.  
Grade: C-

 

 

 

Away

 

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AK 
The away kit is better. It’s white with a red crew neck, and a red stripe running down the sleeve and red cuffs. 
Grade: C+

LT
However, the little Serbian flag on the chest of the away kit improves its grade. It’s the little things...
Grade: C+


Costa Rica

Home

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AK
A nice detail: there's a subtle DNA-line design on the front.
Grade: C

LT
A delightful red has been used on the first kit but not much happening after that. The combination of red and white on this kit works but that’s it. 
Grade: C+

 

 

 

Away

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AK
Same.
Grade: C-

LT
This kit is mad underrated. A slick white and black design with a little bit of gold but not too much that it’s tacky and over-powering like Peru’s kit. I love this kit. Very smart. 

Grade: B+


Switzerland

Home

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AK
The home kit is quite nice. It's based on the new Puma kit template. In addition to the traditional red and white colors, the front has a unique design showing the topography of Switzerland’s mountain-based landscape.
Grade: B-

LT
The pattern across the front is wonderful. I like it. It’s a solid kit. 
Grade: B-

 

Away

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AK
The away kit is predominantly white and features a bit of red at the front of the collar. It’s a simple and clean look but nothing to rave about.
Grade: C

LT
The away is pretty boring. Not much is happening but it is clean and that’s what boosts the grade. 
Grade: C-


Brazil

Home

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AK
The home kit is a Nike Vapor Aero swift template base. On top of that there is a subtle zigzag pattern on the sleeves. The yellow base is trying to recreate the 1970 brazil yellow kit look that the captured the imagination of the world. The hope is that this generation might also do that after a few subpar world cups. It’s a clean kit in general. 
Grade: B

LT
The home is classic Brazil. An all yellow kit with green details. This is what we have known to love. It’s iconic Brazil. The kit also has a nice pattern on the front, which makes the kit better. 
Grade: B-

 

 

Away

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AK
The blue away kit is slightly better. It is royal blue with the same design, but they added a unique star’s pattern across the front. 
Grade: B+

LT

The away is clean. A nice geometric pattern throughout and a very nice blue. Smart. 
Grade: B-


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: C+
LT: C+


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2=. Hummel: C+
2=. Adidas: C+
2=. New Balance: C+
5. Puma: C
6. Umbro: C-
7. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B
Puma: C
New Balance: C+


The most surprising thing today is that Luke and Adrian agree on almost everything. Check back in tomorrow for Group F. In the meantime, hit us up on Twitter to share your thoughts.

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Grading World Cup kits: Group D by Justin Salhani

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Today marks the halfway point for grading kits. We've got an exciting one today as we see how the judges rate the Nigeria kit which dropped yesterday to much fanfare.


Nigeria

Home

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AK 
The home kit is the best of this lot. The design is bold. Most countries were afraid to do this. The graphic pattern on it is quite nice. The sleeves are inspired by an eagle wing. 
Grade: A

LT 
The big guns. The winner of the kit game this World Cup. I don’t really need to say much because you know them already. Sold out within minutes. We haven’t seen hype like this for a kit release in a long, long time, if ever. 

One thing I will say, China’s away kit beats Nigeria’s home all day long. Try and change my mind but a warning; you will fail. (Editor - this is heresy.)
Grade: A++

Away

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AK 
This one, on the other hand, is just an all green kit based of the Nike template. It's nice but it’s blown out of the park by the home kit.
Grade: C

LT
Same.
Grade: A+


Iceland

Home

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AK
Decent kits which are simple. The thing I liked most is what they did on the sleeves. Still, more could be done. It works but it isn’t that great.
Grade: C

LT
Not a fan at all. Seems like they took inspiration from Nike’s template design and use their ‘only put something interesting on the sleeve’ approach. A weird design.
Grade: D-

 

Away

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AK
The away kit is the reverse of the home and the same points go for it.
Grade: C

LT
The away is slightly better than the home, just because I like the white, but still nothing magnificent. 
Grade: D


Croatia

Home

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AK
These work in that they're simple.
Grade: B-

LT
A delightful red and white checkered shirt, as usual for the Croatians. They always seem to have decent home kits and this one isn’t an exception. 
Grade: A-

 

 

 

 

Away

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AK
The away one is slightly better in terms of looks.
Grade: B

LT
The away is a black/grey version of the home, and despite it being exactly same apart from the color, it is still a solid kit. 
Grade: B+


Argentina

Home

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AK
Nothing exciting about this number. It's the same Argentina home kit we’ve been accustomed to seeing only with a few alterations.
Grade: C

LT
Wow. The home is beautiful. Clean blue and white stripes, with a delightful collar. The fact that they’ve kept the stripes simple and classy is a major factor in the home kit. 
Grade: A-

 

 

Away

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AK
The away kit was Adidas’ chance to play around and make something memorable. They didn't. In a world where fashion and football are becoming mainstream, I think it’s time Argentina cuts ties with Adidas because they didn’t do them justice.
Grade: C

LT

The away kit is even better. Spectacular, even. A modern remake of the 1993 design, the shirt features a wonderful blue and white graphic design on the upper sides. I fell in the love with this kit from the minute I saw it and cannot wait to see Messi do the business in it. 
Grade: A+


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: C+
LT: B


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2=. Hummel: C+
2=. Adidas: C+
4. Puma: C
5. Umbro C-
6. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: A
Adidas: B
Errea: D+


Luke is savage and Adrian has no time for this nonsense. The guys were brutal on the Iceland kit. Agree it fell short but think a C+ would suffice. Hit Twitter and Instagram now. Tell Luke his opinions on China > Nigeria are bad. But, as always, be kind!

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Grading World Cup kits: GROUP C by Justin Salhani

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original artwork by Justin Olivier Salhani

Welcome to day three of Grading World Cup kits. So far, the judges have no patience for the jogging out of templates.

Today, we're looking at Group D - France, Denmark, Peru, and Australia. 


France

Home

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AK 
The Blue home kit is a favorite of mine for the contrast between the sleeves and the rest of the jersey. The whole France collection is fire and people should check out the training tops to.
Grade: A

LT 
A solid overall design, combining two different versions of blue with a very nice graphic on the sleeves. The base color is typical France and is lovely. However, one thing that is letting the kit down is the random little button. Just the one button. On a plunged, squared U-neck neckline. No thanks. 
Grade: C+

Away

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AK 
Quite a good job done By Nike. I like the away one more which has subtle graphics pattern all over the kit. 
Grade: A

LT
A beautiful all white shirt is used on the away kit with a very nice geometric pattern throughout. This shirt is good. No use of a silly button. A nice color scheme and graphic design. 
Grade: B-



Peru

Home

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AK
The kit is simple, but it does not really stand out.
Grade: C

LT
A white base with a red sash for the home and a red base with a white sash for the away. Creativity is lacking. Not a fan of the gold trims across both shirts but that is a personal opinion. The gold trims match the country’s crest, showing the thought behind it. However, still doesn’t stop me not liking it.  
Grade: D

 

Away

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AK
Same but this one is a bit better.
Grade: B

LT
The same kit, reversed.
Grade: D



Australia

Home

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AK
The home kit has a solid yellow base of the Nike template with a contrasting green pattern on the yellow sleeves. Pretty sleek. 
Grade: A

LT
A delightful home shirt. The yellow used is fantastic and the sleeve design is beautiful. That’s all I have to say. A great shirt. 
Grade: B

 

Away

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AK
The away one is dark green, simple, and understated. 
Grade: B

LT
The away lets the home shirt down. I like the thought process behind offering something different to other Nike kits with the diagonal lines across the torso but the execution is poor. It’s not a terrible kit - but needs improvement.
Grade: C


Denmark

Home

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AK
This is one of those kits that are simple but works in a 'less is more' kind of way. 
Grade: B

LT
I like Hummel. They make some smart kits. An average design with lovely chevrons down the shoulders.
Grade: C+

 

 

 

 

Away

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AK
Same as home.
Grade: B

LT

Apart from the chevrons and the lovely red, not much else. 
Grade: C-


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: B+
LT: C


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2. Hummel: C+
3=. Adidas: C
3=. Puma: C
4. Umbro: C-

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B
Hummel: C+
Umbro: C-


Luke was harsh on Group C while Adrian seems to be feeling the vibe. Hit Twitter or Instagram to let us know your thoughts. Keep the criticism tempered though or you're getting muted.

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Grading World Cup kits: GROUP B by Justin Salhani

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We're in day two of a running feature that rates the various kits to be worn during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  

Yesterday, our judges rated Group A. Today, they're rating Spain, Morocco, Portugal, and Iran.

Quick breakdown of the rules: The guys give a letter grade (A-high),B,C,D,F-low) to the home and away kit for each team in the group. Each grading must be justified through a brief explanation. Then we take to Twitter and Instagram to rip them for having the wrong opinions.


Portugal

Home

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AK 
The home shirt has a classic design with a red colorway and green details. The Nike swoosh and the numbers are in Gold to signify the 2016 Portugal victory. The kit is alright - Portugal has always had decent kits -but more should have been done creatively to improve on the home kit. That being said, the beauty lies in the simplicity. 
Grade: B

LT 
The home kit is your standard Nike template kit with Portugal colors. There's not much going on with the kit bar some beautiful colors. The aesthetic of the home shirt relies solely on the strong red used, one I’m a big fan of. The collar is atrocious (if you follow me on Twitter, you’d know my feelings about this), but I’m letting that slide on these rankings and judging it on the whole shirt. If it was an ideal world, all Nike kits would fail this exam until they sort out their neckline. 
Grade: C

Away

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AK 
he away kit is a white base with a small water green wind rose pattern.  This kit is more appealing to the eye. The away kit is slightly better than the home.
Grade: B+

LT
This kit is nice. A delightful, all-white kit with a cool graphic on the shirt. Cristiano Ronaldo and co. are going to be looking fresh in Russia wearing this one. One more thing...IF IT WASN’T FOR THAT DAMN NECKL….*mic cuts out* 
Grade: B


Spain

Home

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AK
It seems like Adidas was unprepared for this. The Home kit is an homage to the 1994 generation. But it's pretty much the 94 shirt placed on a modern-day template. Pretty lazy.

More should have been done with the pattern on the side. They could have tried to incorporate it all over the jersey. It's not bad, but more could have been done to it. 
Grade: B-

LT
Oh yes. Oh yes. OH YES. Spain’s home kit this year is fantastic. Adidas have done the business on this shirt. The graphic down the side of the shirt has me in awe. Complimented by navy shorts and dark blue socks. I love it. 
Grade: B+

Away

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AK
The away kit is light blue with subtle shades of blue in a graphic inspired by the pattern seen on the Adidas jerseys of the late 1980s. The sleeve cuffs and three stripes are finished in bright red, while the kit featuring a two-colored crest to complete a fresh new colur concept. Not saying it’s the best of the whole lot, but it’s a decent way of fusing the past with present day technology. It’s a step in the right direction.
Grade: B

LT
Compared to the home, the away is not keeping up with the game. A poor halo-blue colorway with a weird color match-up for the details. Not a fan of this one. It doesn’t strike me as the standard of shirt the 2010 world champions should be wearing. 
Grade: C-


Morocco

Home

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AK
Once again - nothing much can be said about these kits . This is another opportunity lost by the brands and football federations to put the country on the map through authentic design inspired by the country.
Grade: C

LT
The home kit is smart. A red kit with white sleeve trim and collar. It gives a slick aesthetic and the numbering font only improves it. It is finished off with lovely green shorts. I’m all for this. A nice surprise when the Morocco home kit dropped. I didn’t expect to like it, but I did. 
Grade: B-

Away

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AK
Disappointing. I know playing well is what matters most but at least make a memorable kit that will be remembered for generations to come.
Grade: C

LT
Unlike the home kit, the away kit is dead. Poor white shirt taken from the Adidas Teamwear range. A red block used on the shoulders. Nah. 
Grade: D


Iran

Home

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AK
Not much can be said about this one. Not bad. Not good either.
Grade: C

LT
A steady contribution to the World Cup kit game. The home kit is basically the reverse of Morocco’s with white being the main color. I like it, just not as much as Morocco’s. 
Grade: C+

 

 

 

Away

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AK
Doesn’t inspire anything.
Grade: C

LT

The away kit features the same template used on Belgium's away, Sweden’s away, and others. This doesn’t stop me being a fan. The red goes alright with the template and it is a smart kit. It’s not the worst i’ve seen.
Grade: C+


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C

Average grade breakdown by judge today
AK: B-
LT: C+

Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2=. Adidas: C
2=. Puma: C

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B
Adidas: C


What's the word for today's ratings? The kids obviously disagree on Spain and Morocco. Who's right and who's wrong? Take the argument to social media. If someone's gotta get dragged that's the way it is - but let's keep it cool if we can.

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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Group A

Grading World Cup kits: GROUP A by Justin Salhani

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We're getting closer to kickoff. The rosters are almost all decided and the majority of the kits are released. And we've got opinions on the latter.

We've roped in two jersey aficionados to help us out. They'll be grading each kit, group by group, for the next eight days.

In the red corner, we've got Guerrilla Football Club's captain, the kid from Nairobi with the Bergkampesque spins, Adrian Kidaman.

In the blue corner, there's the wunderkind of football culture, Luke Taylor.

Quick breakdown of the rules: The guys give a letter grade (A-high),B,C,D,F-low) to the home and away kit for each team in the group. Each grading must be justified through a brief explanation. Then we take to Twitter and Instagram to rip them for having the wrong opinions.

Today, the guys have rated the kits in Group A. 


Saudi Arabia

Home

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AK 
The home kit is nice and simple. Design wise it features a basic Nike template which is quite slick with the silhouette and is all over white with a little bit of a pop green.

It was designed to pay homage to the 1994 world cup team that reached the last 16. 
Grade: B

LT 
Copy and paste shirt and then change color and badges is the way Nike roll with a lot of their recent kits. These ones fit the bracket.
Grade: C-

Away

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AK 
The away kit is also the same Nike template only this time it’s an all pine green which makes the national team crest pop in white.

The green away kit has no story, but I am hoping it’s the start of a new story for the new generation. Hopefully they’ll take charge and usher in a new era of Saudi football. On the creativity level the kits are simple and not much is done on them. This might be because the companies designing them are limited by the federations but, all in all, I’d say the away kit is better than the home kit.
Grade: A

LT
A beautiful green is used on the away kit but it seems very template-ly.
Grade: C-

(ed note: the presentation was firreeeeee.)


Russia

Home

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AK
The home kit is an old-school red retro design by Adidas reimagined as a modern-day version of the 1988 Olympic team kit. Nothing against the home kit but it doesn’t say much.
Grade: C

LT
The home kit looks like a typical Adidas template you can purchase from an outlet store to kit out your standard Wednesday night five-a-side team made up of workmates.
Grade: D

 

 

Away

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AK
The away kit is the more modern kit. It’s a retro design with a modern twist to it. It's a white affair with pointillism-style graphics inspired by the street culture and architecture that give it a burst of color. Of the two kits the away kit is more creative in that it embraces the modern times.
Grade: B

LT
The away kit is alright. Quite a cool pattern used. Not much else about it.
Grade: B


Uruguay

Home

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AK
The home kit is a solid sky blue with a black collar. Much like Uruguay as a footballing nation surrounded by heavyweights like Argentina and Brazil, this kit punches above its weight.
Grade: B

LT
PUMA kits aren’t normally incredible and these aren’t an exception. The only aspect saving it is the feint sun slapped in the middle of the shirt. This is a cool feature that pays homage to the country’s flag.
Grade: C

Away

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AK
Similar to the home shirt with inverted colors.
Grade: B

LT
The away kit is poor. NEXT. 
Grade: D-

 


Egypt

Home

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AK
The home one is a red base with black sleeves. It's simple and not much happens in terms of creativity. Adidas should have done more in terms of finding out about the history and culture of the nation considering they are the Kings of African football and try to incorporate that in to the design.
Grade: C

LT
Nothing going on but the simplicity makes it better than it might normally be. Nice colorway though.
Grade: C-

 

Away

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AK
This one is a base of white with black Adidas stripes running along the top of the shoulders. Both kits are too simple.
Grade: C

LT

Another nice colorway but, overall, a lazy effort.
Grade: D


Average grade breakdown by judge
AK: B
LT: C-

Average grade breakdown by brand
Adidas: C
Nike: B-
Puma: C


We've set the tempo. Group B will be up tomorrow. Agree or disagree? Think Adrian's too lenient or Luke's too harsh? Take the argument to social media (but keep it cool - it's all love here.)

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani