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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