Grading World Cup kits: GROUP C / by Justin Salhani

 original artwork by Justin Olivier Salhani

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

Want to see the other ratings?
Group A | Group B