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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