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